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Oct272016

All-Star Band of Merrymakers Return with New Christmas Single, Holiday Tour 

C. Taylor CrothersBand of Merrymakers, an all-star musical collective that specializes in Christmas music, is back for another holiday season with a festive new single.

This year, Band of Merrymakers includes Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn, "Stay" singer Lisa Loeb, American Idol alum Constantine Maroulis, Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick of Fitz and the Tantrums, and the project's two leaders: Kevin Griffin of Better than Ezra and hit songwriter Sam Hollander.  They're all featured on the new single, "A Very Merry Medley," which arrives at digital outlets Friday.

As the title indicates, the single is a medley of holiday favorites, including "The 12 Days of Christmas," "Last Christmas" by Wham!, Elton John's "Step into Christmas," "Deck the Halls," "Feliz Navidad," "O Come All Ye Faithful" and more.

"We took the best Christmas songs ever written, spun them at Studio 54 in a blender at 128 BPM and what you get is pure holiday magic," say Hollander and Griffin in a statement.

The song will be added to a digital re-release of the Merrymakers' 2015 album Welcome to Our Christmas Party.  Other artists featured on the disc include Natasha Bedingfield, Lifehouse's Jason Wade, Christina Perri and many more.

For every album and track sold, a donation will be made to MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy, which hands out the Grammys. The band is also raising money this year for Musicians on Call, a charity that brings music to the bedsides of patients nationwide, by selling custom-designed "Ugly Christmas Sweaters."

A tour kicks off December 1 in New York City.  Here are the dates:

12/1 -- New York, NY, BB Kings
12/2 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo PAC
12/3 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
12/15 -- Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour

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