Matthew Morrison’s Early Xmas Present: The Q&A
Matthew Morrison is spreading holiday cheer. The Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe-nominated performer and “Glee” star has officially released his new holiday EP, “A Classic Christmas,” available now. From original crooners to holiday classics, Matthew hits every note on this six-song album.
He gave WhoSay an early holiday present: a Q&A about fond Christmas memories and the lasting impression “Glee” has left on him. Give it a read, and buy the album today!
WhoSay: What is your fondest Christmas/holiday memory?
Matthew Morrison: One Christmas, in particular, I remember walking into the family room and hearing “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” on the stereo and being dwarfed by a huge blow-up dinosaur as one of my gifts. The size alone of this present amazed me, as it challenged the tree as the focal point of the room. I don’t remember playing with it after Christmas morning (how can you play with a 6 ft. T-Rex?), but I do remember how in awe I was to see it. It may seem funny, but I can go back right to that moment whenever I hear that song.
WhoSay: You’ve been on “Glee” since the beginning. What makes you a fan of the show?
Matthew: If it’s one thing that I am proud of the show for, it would be the positive impact it’s had on so many people. The wide range of social topics that have been touched on throughout the seasons are REAL topics that REAL people go through every day. Yes, music is a main part of the show. But I think it’s the issues and experiences the characters go through that translate so well with our audience. I get messages every day from viewers telling me how an episode or a character has helped them overcome a problem they were facing, or in some extreme circumstances, saved their lives. If our show has that kind of an impact on our audience, I’d say it has been a huge success.
WhoSay: Any secrets to avoiding stressful relatives during the holidays?
Matthew: I don’t know a family who doesn’t witness a bit of stress around the holidays. That’s just family! The only way to avoid the possibility of stressful relatives would be not to visit. But that takes away from the best part of the holidays—getting together with your loved ones. However, one way to keep the stress at bay is to offer a lot of food. Happy stomachs = happy people.
WhoSay: What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
Matthew: I’ve had my share of great gifts, but some of the most memorable gifts I receive are from my fans. It’s remarkable how talented they are. From paintings to snow globes, you name it. Here’s an example of just how creative they are (see below). Thanks again, Kiyoko!
WhoSay: Can you show us a picture of your ugliest holiday sweater? Seriously, put it on.
Matthew: Do Christmas sweater vests count ?
Emmy, Golden Globe, and Tony-award nominated actor Matthew Morrisonhas released a wonderful new Christmas album, entitled A Classic Christmas, which works to capture the magic and wonder of the holiday season. The EP isavailable now from 222 Records (Adam Levine’s new record label) and features classic songs, including “This Christmas,” “O Holy Night,” and “Let it Snow.” Morrison’s rich crooner’s voice — perfectly suited for these cherished classics — might be just the thing you need to get amped up for the holiday season.
Morrison will be performing on November 29th and 30th with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Fans can also catch a special performance by Matthew on PBS on November 30th.
We had the chance to ask Matthew Morrison a few questions about his album and, just for you, we managed to sneak in a quick question about his work on Glee!
Is there any Christmas song on this EP that harbors particularly strongmemories, either from your childhood or adult life, that ultimately made you think, I just have to include this in the project?
I’ve had the privilege of meeting and performing for President Obama and the First Lady a few times. In 2010, as part of the Christmas In Washington telecast, I performed “O Holy Night.” It was an honor to be part of that show, and because of that experience, I decided to put it on the EP. It’s definitely a memory I will cherish.
Being that there are always a multitude of Holiday-related records released around this time of year, what’s one unique thing you hope listeners take away from A Classic Christmas?
Like my most recent album, Where It All Began, I wanted to bring out great arrangements of these classic songs that I hope will create new memories for my listeners. With the guidance from my friend and producer, Phil Ramone, we carefully selected accompanying choirs and players to perform on the EP. On this EP, to make it a bit more unique, there’s a fun mash up of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “Mele Kalikimaka” that will make you want to Hula!
Glee is one of our favorite show’s on television, as we think it does a great job commenting on the challenges young adults are presented with in contemporary society. You’re such a vibrant onscreen mentor/role-model and do a great job relating to each character’s story. Channeling the powers of Mr. Will Schuester, what’s one piece of advice you might give to adults struggling to relate to teens today?
Despite our busy schedules and lifestyles, there is always time for positive guidance and support. It’s important to make the time to provide a hand and/or an ear to the teens in your lives, whether it be in your household or in your community. We all want to see our children succeed, but not every teen has that support system to overcome the obstacles that may prevent them from reaching their goals. My one piece of advice for adults would be to make the time to encourage, support, and reward the teens in your community. Even if it’s not your child, every kid deserves a support system, especially if they are not getting it from their own home.