Just in time for Christmas, pop singer-songwriter Elle Winter gets us in the holiday spirit with her new single “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” On Winter’s rendition of the ’60s holiday classic, she keeps the same essence of the original while bridging together more pop-centric sonic elements. Inspired by reflecting over the past year and choosing to lean into gratitude and hope for the future, Winter leans into her knack for crafting soulful, empowering pop that is timeless.
Although this might be a cover, there is no standard template when it comes to Winter, and the visual that accompanies the song is a perfect representation of that. Rather than the set being dressed in typical holiday attire of red and green plaid, Winter showcases her love of aesthetics and style, dressing in head-to-toe gold and silver as a nod to the ’60s song. We got to talk to the singer-songwriter about her decision to cover such a huge classic, how she made the video, and some of her own holiday traditions. Check it all out below along with the exclusive premiere of the video.
What was it about “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” that made you want to cover it?
Since moving to LA in early May, I have been developing a new music project with Grammy-nominated producer and songwriting team Kizzo and Autumn Rowe. In this project, we are channeling a retro feel, with a modern and unique twist. Given the retro elements we are including, we have been so fortunate to have the legendary, rock and roll hall of fame inductee Jeff Barry involved in the project. As you may know, Jeff Barry wrote “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” Of course, I wanted to cover it and allow Kizzo to make it our own. I love Christmas music and this Christmas classic was a perfect fit for me going into my upcoming album release. Kizzo’s signature production will give listeners a taste of what’s to come.
The music video is so aesthetically pleasing! Where did the inspiration come from? What was it like filming?
Thank you! The video was directed by Gordy Shor and the creative direction and production was led by Carina Glastris. Since the song is a holiday staple and a true classic, we wanted to include signature festive objects while incorporating other, less conventional holiday elements, such as non-traditional colors like blue and pink. Similar to what you will hear on my upcoming album, we wanted to juxtapose the traditional holiday scene with other less traditional visuals.
What are some holiday traditions that you and your loved ones like to do over the holiday season?
We love to drive in the car and admire the beautiful holiday lights decorating the homes in our neighborhood. That is always so much fun. I am excited to spend some time with my family this holiday season since I have been living across the country for the past eight months. My sister and I love to bake our favorite holiday cookies, low sugar, of course.