Hit songwriters Sam Hollander and Kevin Griffin were deep in the midst of a heated, decade-old holiday music debate (Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” or “A Very Special Christmas” compilations benefitting the Special Olympics) when they both suddenly wondered: Where has all the holiday musical philanthropy gone? Where’s the give minus the take? And thus, they formed Band of Merrymakers.
A rotating-cast Yuletide super group featuring today’s biggest artists, premiered their official music video for their single “Must Be Christmas” (The End Records) on Billboard two weeks ago. The video follows a group of Santas as they visit iconic spots throughout Los Angeles and Franklin, TN.
The Band of Merrymakers includes Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees, Fitz of Fitz and The Tantrums, Nick Hexum of 311, Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra, Smallpools, The Mowglis, 3oh!3, Sinclair, and The Honeymoons. “Must Be Christmas” is available on iTunes. Proceeds go towards MusiCares.