VIDEO: NJ Native Ben Rauch Debuts New Holiday Tune 'Jersey Christmas'
"Jersey Christmas" is a brand spankin' new holiday classic. It's the pop/rock creation of New Jersey native singer/songwriter/actor Ben Rauch, who performs lead vocals and composed the music for the song which he co-wrote with songwriter Gaby Gold. The music video was shot entirely on location in New Jersey, and features Jersey Shore beaches along with the Asbury Park landmark "The Stone Pony" (the historic rock club known for launching the careers of Jersey heroes Springsteen & Bon Jovi). Check it out below!
The fresh introduction of "Jersey Christmas" into the annual canon of holiday songs draws inspiration from Rauch & Gold's well-seasoned observation of holidays done Jersey Style, which normally involves some combination of disgruntled Santas, Peppermint Schnapps, Jersey diner food, ample hairspray, turnpike-view condos and serious train delays, all set to the tunes of Frankie Valli, Bon Jovi and Springsteen blaring from radios and jukeboxes all across the Garden State.
The video was directed by award-winning stage and film director Stephen Nachamie (Associate Director, 2016 Roundabout Theatre's revival of She Loves Me), with choreography by Broadway veteran Serena Soffer, costume designs by Elizabeth Flores, and scenic design by Pat Christodulidis. Kris Night served as director of photography, and the video was edited by Adam Volerich.
The "Jersey Christmas" song production team includes Grammy-nominated music producer Jason Agel, who produced, engineered and mixed the track. Agel has worked with Prince, Kanye West, Bjork, Beyonce and Jay Z as well as John Legend. The song was mastered by Grammy-nominated mastering engineer Emily Lazar of The Lodge. Lazar has worked on over 2,000 albums with such artists as David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Barbra Streisand, and Paul McCartney.
Ben Rauch's lead vocals on "Jersey Christmas" are backed up by members of the legendary all-male a cappella group, The Beelzebubs (who sang the Doo-Wop parts on the track.) Members of the group, frequently referred to as "The Bubs," are best known for competing on NBC's "The Sing-Off" where they took second place, and for inspiring the "Barden University Treblemakers" in the book which the hit movie franchise, "Pitch Perfect" was based on.
"Jersey Christmas" can be purchased everywhere digital music is streamed, including: Spotify, iHeartRadio, Amazon Music, Google Play, iTunes, Rhapsody and Tidal, among others.
Ben Rauch is an actor/singer/composer/musician who hails from Marlboro, NJ. Ben appeared in the film Jersey Boys, directed by Clint Eastwood, as the pianist/singer for the Four Seasons. His television credits include a recurring role on Gossip Girl, ED, and Strangers with Candy, and he appeared in the final season of HBO's Girls. His new musical Single Room Occupancy premiered at the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival. Stage work includes: A Few Good Men (with Lou Diamond Phillips), People Are Living There (Signature Theatre), Lost in Yonkers (Theatre Virginia), Miklat (Florida Stage), The Unexpected Guest, The Sunshine Boys, Spring Awakening (Broadway Workshop), Ludlow Ladd (Tada), Starmites, The Gifts of the Magi, Mental: The Musical (Cherry Lane), Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs (Papermill), Jack and the Beanstalk (Symphony Space). Ben partnered with The NJ Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to release At The Water's Edge, a fundraising music video for victims of Hurricane Sandy. He has been a finalist multiple times for the USA Songwriting Competition and the International Songwriting Competition. Ben has twice headlined the "NY Funny Song Festival." His debut album, titled "TALES FROM THE TURNPIKE" is slated for release in Spring of 2017. Visit www.benrauchsite.com.