by Alex Lloyd Gross
Dec 23, 2022
Some members of the Philadelphia Eagles can do more than play football. They can sing. Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson and Jordan Mailata liked to sing in the locker room. They got an idea to record a holiday album and took that idea to Connor Barwin, who is the Director of Player Development for the Eagles. Barwin used to play for the team .
What began as just a seed of an idea has grown to include all sorts of Philly luminaries both young and old, from The Hooters to the celestial sounds of Marshall Allen of the Sun Ra Arkestra to The War On Drugs to Lady Alma and everything in between (including members of Dr Dog, The Spinto Band and countless others). We’ve had some of the most beautiful young Philly players add their heart and spirit – including Nasir Dickerson (tenor sax) and Kalia Vandever (trombone). This is a record that is just absolutely full of JOY.”
“This is going to be something very special that will bring lots of joy to many people, in Philly and beyond,” he continues. “These guys are so sweet. And hilarious. Gentle giants. It is a true snapshot of what makes the Philadelphia community – sports, music, and beyond.” said Charlie Hall, drummer for the band War On Drugs”, and the driving force behind making this record happen.
A Philly Special Christmas
1. White Christmas
2. Blue Christmas
3. Merry Christmas Baby
4. The Night Before Christmas
5. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
6. Silent Night
7. Santa Clause is Coming to Town
The original pressing of 1000 records has sold out fast, like a Eagles playoff game. You can get a download of it here. It makes a great holiday gift.