SEAL AND FRANK SINATRA DUET ON CHRISTMAS SINGLE ‘SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN’
British soul legend Seal has announced he will duet with one of the most iconic artists in history, Frank Sinatra. Performing the Christmas classic, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, the track will feature Seal and Frank, singing side by side, in perfect harmony, creating a unique, one-off single, just in time for the festive period.
The dream collaboration, granted by the Frank Sinatra Enterprises, will be released in the same week as Frank Sinatra’s birthday (12th December). It will be accompanied by an exclusively commissioned video, showcasing both artists at their very best.
Seal said: “To play with Frank’s musicians on Standards was quite something, but to perform with the man himself is beyond words.”
Tina Sinatra said: “Dad’s Christmas recordings are as significant to his vast musical legacy as his signature saloon songs. The new Sinatra and Seal duet of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” is a joyous hoot and “sings” to the spirit of the season.”
Originally written by John Federick Coots and Haven Gillespie, the track was first performed in 1934 and over the years has been covered by over 200 artists, sold millions of copies, and gone on to become the archetypal Christmas standard, known the world over.
This single continues Seal’s recent affiliation with Ol’ Blue Eyes, following his album Standards, which featured legendary pianist Randy Waldman. The album also includes other legends, Chuck Berghofer (bass player with Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles) and Greg Fields (drummer with Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder).
The songs were recorded in the famous Capitol Records (the very studio where Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat “King” Cole and many others have recorded), and United Studios, which was established by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.
It’s a natural successor to his series of soul records, made a decade ago which sold over 5 million copies around the world. Standards hears Seal’s signature, velvety warm vocals bring to life classics made popular by Frank Sinatra (such as Luck Be A Lady, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and It Was A Very Good Year), Ella Fitzgerald (I’m Beginning to See The Light) and Nina Simone (I Put A Spell on You). Elsewhere, there are lush orchestral moments captured on Smile (Charlie Chaplin) and the Cole Porter gem, Love For Sale.
The sound of Seal’s new album is also shaped by three renowned collaborators: Grammy-nominated British producer Nick Patrick (who has worked with luminaries including Tina Turner and Marvin Gaye and enjoyed huge chart success with his pioneering Elvis orchestral albums), multi Grammy-nominated arranger Chris Walden, and legendary engineer Don Murray.
“Seal’s rich, luxurious voice remains a reliable thing of wonder” – LONDON EVENING STANDARD
“Seal sets new Standards with album of timeless classics” – DAILY TELEGRAPH
DELUXE EDITION TRACKLISTING:
- Luck Be A Lady
- Autumn Leaves
- I Put A Spell on You
- They Can’t Take That Away From Me
- Anyone Who Knows What Love Is
- Love For Sale
- My Funny Valentine
- I’ve Got You Under My Skin
- I’m Beginning To See The Light (featuring The Puppini Sisters)
- It Was A Very Good Year
- The Nearness of You
- Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
- Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)
SEAL “STANDARDS” UK TOUR DATES:
Saturday 10 February – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Sunday 11 February – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Tuesday 13 February – Gateshead The Sage
Wednesday 14 February – Manchester O2 Apollo
Saturday 17 February – Brighton Dome
Sunday 18 February – Bristol Colston Hall
Monday 19 February – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Wednesday 21 February – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Thursday 22 February – London Palladium