Listen to my version of Santa Baby

As the holidays near and you are looking for special albums to fill those stockings and songs to download to your ipod or mp3 player, you may wonder why I chose to record "Santa Baby."

In Wikipedia they say "the song is a tongue-in-cheek look at a Christmas list sung by a woman who wants the most extravagant gifts like sable, yachts, and decorations from Tiffany's."

For me as a woman, I feel it's important to have fun in a relationship and even though the gifts in the song are extravagant, "Santa Baby" really is more about the fun couples have "giving" to each other, whether it is in the day-to-day acts of affection or the little things they do for one another each day to show they care.

"Santa Baby," which was written in 1953 by Joan Javits (the niece of Senator Jacob K. Javits), Philip Springer, and Fred Ebb, captures that playfulness enjoyed by couples during the holidays when a man and a woman exchange gifts.

It has been a popular song for a long time and has been recorded by many female recording artists including Eartha Kitt, Madonna, Shakira, Macy Gray, Natalie Merchant, LeAnne Rimes, Kellie Pickler, Talor Swift & the Pussycat Dolls.

Recording "Santa Baby" was even more special for me because my father, saxophonist Dick Kastel, was able to join me on the session. At 81 he is still playing with big bands at least five days a week. Every opportunity I get to record another song with him is a blessing, just as it is a joy to receive artwork from my mother, Wanda Kastel, who at 78 is still drawing and painting.

I am thankful for my family, friends and wonderful fans who support me; blessed with all the opportunities in my life to do what I love, which is writing songs performing and sharing my music with audiences around the world.

My wish is that everyone finds joy, health and happiness in their lives throughout the year.

I hope you enjoy listening to my version of "Santa Baby."

Happy Holidays!