Despite some of the 21st century backlash against mid-century holiday standards (“Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” for example), it is nice to find that some artists appreciate what the songs of yesteryear continue to offer to those who appreciate certain classics. “Santa Baby” is one such classic that shows no sign of going away. Singer Rebecca Angel has brought the song into the 21st century in a way that makes it fun and accessible for listeners of all ages.
“Santa Baby” in previous decades
The song was originally recorded in 1953 by the late, great Eartha Kitt. For audiences of a certain age, Madonna’s 1987 version might have been the first one that they’ve heard. The song requires a playful, perhaps flirtatious singer to play the role of the “good girl” waiting for Santa to hurry down the chimney. Although, not all “Santa Baby” singers have been female. Michael Buble recorded a version of the song in 2011. In addition, Ariana Grande took her turn with the classic in 2013. While this might not constitute a complete list of those who have recorded the song, it does seem as if the listening public was due for a fresh take on the classic.
About Rebecca Angel and “Santa Baby”
Angel is a New York-based singer, songwriter and performer. Her version of “Santa Baby” is sultry and definitely jazz-oriented. Angel brings to the performance an educational background that includes a vocal jazz degree from Ithaca College.
Angel developed her vocal performance skills before she finished her degree. Since her mid-teens, Angel has been performing in venues such as the Watercolor Café in Larchmont, New York, My Father’s Place in Roslyn, New York. She also wowed New York City audiences at Pangea, The Iridium, The Metropolitan Room and The Cutting Room. A relatively new recording artist, Angel’s debut EP “What We Had” was released in 2018.
A CD single with an updated classic might be exactly what the holidays call for. “Santa Baby” by Rebecca Angel just might be perfect for such a purpose.