Today Anthem Records released global icon José Feliciano’s newly reimagined re-recording of his bilingual hit holiday song, “Feliz Navidad” titled “Feliz Navidad 50th Anniversary (FN50)”. Produced by Grammy award-winning international producer, Rudy Pérez, José and 30 artists and celebrities from around the world remotely joined forces to create this special celebratory track of his timeless holiday classic. See below for the full star-studded list of guest artists and celebrities. The Amazon Original “Feliz Navidad 50th Anniversary (FN50)” is available now exclusively on Amazon Music.
The roster of artists performing (in order of first appearance) on “Feliz Navidad 50th Anniversary (FN50)” include: José Feliciano, CNCO, Isabela Merced, Shaggy, Jon Secada, Jason Mraz,
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rachael Ray, Gloria Gaynor, Big & Rich, Michael Bolton, Los Temerarios, Emmanuel, Isabella Castillo, Jencarlos Canela, Pitingo, Patricia Manterola, Jesus Molina, La India, Julio Iglesias Jr., Tony Carreira, Bertin Osborne, Pablo Montero, El Dasa, Nikki Vianna, Adam Irigoyen, Gord Bamford, Leo Dan, Frankie J, Sam Moore, and Styx.
On the release, José Feliciano said: “It’s hard to believe I’ve been singing ‘Feliz Navidad’ for 50 years. I am overwhelmed with the generosity of spirit and passion that all my friends have put into this track and I am grateful that this song continues to unify people around the world. I want to give a special thank you for the unequivocal love and dedication from my friend Rudy Perez, who has produced some of my favorite Grammy award-winning albums over the years. I would also like to thank Helen Murphy and the entire team at Anthem Records who have championed me for the last several years and made this amazing celebration possible. Feliz Navidad, everyone!”
Rudy Perez added: “I’m very grateful to Helen Murphy and Anthem Records for the privilege and honor to produce such an incredible event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the beloved Christmas classic ‘Feliz Navidad’. It is humbling to be doing this project in collaboration with my mentor, the legendary José Feliciano, who gave me my first break as a songwriter and producer. This new version of ‘Feliz Navidad’ crosses genres and generations and the global superstars who came together for the track delivered amazing performances full of passion and joy bringing the Christmas spirit to us all.”
“Feliz Navidad is the greatest bilingual Christmas song of all time. This iconic new single will continue the legacy of José’s original Christmas classic for another 50 years. The track is infectious and full of joy and love. José Feliciano is a cultural icon and a national treasure,” commented Helen Murphy, CEO, Anthem Entertainment. “We hope this song brings happiness to all as we enter the Holiday season.”
Also released today is “José Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad 50th Anniversary” the first ever animated video available now exclusively on Prime Video and new hardcover editions of the illustrated children’s book “José Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad 50th Anniversary”, available in English and Spanish [HERE].The video, based on the book, takes readers through the journey of three children; Marie from Paris, Xavier from New York, and Camila from Puerto Rico. In anticipation of Christmas Day, the children follow the music of superhero José Feliciano singing Feliz Navidad to people gathering from all over to hear the true meaning of Christmas. The video first made its debut at the Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) alongside the new documentary “José Feliciano: Behind This Guitar” (awarded Best Hispanic Film at NaFF). Watch the video HERE.
In addition, beginning December 1, 2020, Amazon customers will also be able to interact with José through Alexa with voice. Customers can ask questions like, “Alexa, tell me about the song ‘Feliz Navidad’,” or “Alexa, what is José Feliciano’s favorite holiday memory?” and hear a recorded response from José Feliciano himself.
The milestone occasion will also be celebrated with the launch of the official Feliz Navidad 50th Amazon Storefront featuring the exclusive FN50 branded merchandise line available now. The merchandise is based on the new classic book “José Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad” and introduces the world to José bear. With a range of great holiday gifts for the entire family, the line includes a special 50th Anniversary edition stuffed José teddy bear, the children’s book, holiday apparel and much more. View the “Feliz Navidad 50th Anniversary (FN50)” merchandise store amazon.com/feliznavidad50th