Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Emerging country-pop songstress Demi Michelle has unveiled the festive new single “Snow On Christmas Day”.
The second original festive single from Demi, this mid-tempo country-pop composition features a whole host of holiday cheer. Demi has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution regarding her latest single, along with getting to know more of what the festive season means to the artist herself. Check out the full interview below.
Hey Demi. Thank you so much for this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Demi: Hey, everyone! I’m a songwriter from Pittsburgh, PA, and I’m the host of a podcast, Write on Track: A Songwriting Podcast. I’ve always loved music from a young age, and after many years of playing piano, taking voice lessons, and eventually learning guitar, I found my way to songwriting. I’ve been in the music industry for only two years, and I’m so blessed for my journey so far. Songwriting is truly a gift, and I never imagined it’d bring so many special people into my life. When I’m not writing and recording music or hosting my podcast, you can find me writing my second novel as a graduate student. I’m pursuing my MFA in Writing Popular Fiction, and I graduate next June. So, I’m an all-around extremely creative girl!
You are about to release the brand new single “Snow on Christmas Day” on the 26th of November. How did the idea for this single come together?
Demi: I got inspired to write this song on Christmas Day last year. I love being home for the holidays, and I get even more excited and in a festive mood when I wake up to find snow on the ground. A white Christmas in Pittsburgh is something that’s a hit or miss. Sometimes, it snows on Christmas, and sometimes, it doesn’t. When I woke up on Christmas last year to find snow on the ground, I got a spark of inspiration and wrote the song. I loved writing it because it’s very different from my original Christmas song from last year, “All I Want This Christmas.” I really wanted this one to shimmer with Christmas cheer, so it was a blast to write and record.
Did you always plan to release this song as a single?
Demi: Yes, I did! As soon as I wrote it, I knew it’d be my Christmas single for this year. I literally held on to this one for almost a full year. I love Christmas music, so I really enjoy writing and releasing my own Christmas songs.
What does this song personally mean to you?
Demi: This song is super special to me because it captures a beautiful innocence within the lyrics. When I was little, I always loved to play in the snow, build snowmen, and make snow angels. I’ve even slid down the hill in my backyard on a sled and had competitions with my sister to see who’d make it down the hill faster. I have so many childhood memories from being in the snow during the holidays, and I feel like this song brings back that magic for me. I might not play in the snow anymore, but just seeing the snow covering the trees and falling down from a wintery sky never fails to put a smile on my face.
If listeners could take something away from this song, what would you like it to be?
Demi: I love this question. Honestly, I’d like them to take away the importance of appreciating the little things in life that are meaningful and bring happiness. I know not everyone celebrates Christmas, and not everyone experiences snow. That’s okay because for me, snow on Christmas Day is something so small that brings back special memories and makes me smile, but we can all recognize these things in our everyday lives. It’s so easy to get caught up in the big picture, but sometimes, the most beautiful things are those that are always around us that we have to make a conscious effort to appreciate. I hope my listeners can find these things in their own lives and hold them close to their hearts.
Last year you released “All I Want This Christmas” and now “Snow On Christmas Day.” Could we expect a festive album coming from you in the future?
Demi: Absolutely! I want to make it my tradition to release a new original Christmas song every year. In a few years, I would absolutely love to share an album with both the previously released singles and more originals just for the album. Also, I already know what I’d call it. Fun fact, I love elves. I love them so much. You wouldn’t believe the number of elves I have out during Christmas, and I even keep some in my room year round. I know, it’s super random, right? Anyway, since my artist name is Demi Michelle, I’d call the album, A Demi MichElf’s Christmas. So, there you go. Manifesting that this will come in the future.
Do you have any festive holiday traditions?
Demi: Yes, I do. One of the most special traditions is baking and decorating cookies with my mom. I always look forward to this because it’s something we do together every year. We also blast Christmas music while we’re making the cookies, and there’s such festive magic in the air.
Another family tradition is opening some gifts on Christmas Eve then the rest on Christmas Day. My family goes over to my grandparents’ house on Christmas Eve to start the festivities and open some presents. We used to also have dinner there, but we’re still being cautious with the pandemic so we won’t be having dinner with my grandparents this year. Still, we’re keeping the tradition alive by spending Christmas Eve with them and exchanging gifts.
I have more traditions, but I feel like no matter the tradition, it’s about spending time with family. This year, I have so much to be grateful for, so I’ll be as present as I can be and appreciate all the special moments I share with my family.
What are some of your favorite festive memories?
Demi: Wow, I have a bunch. I have so many special memories with my sister, from decorating the tree to making gingerbread houses. From when we were young to when I was in high school or early college years, we put milk and cookies out for Santa and carrots for his reindeer. Even when we got older, it was still fun to do this and take photos in front of the fireplace in our pajamas on Christmas Eve.
More memories come from spending wintery days in downtown Pittsburgh. My favorites come from skating at the rink in the city with friends. There is an enormous tree in the middle of the rink, and Christmas music plays. I used to be a competitive figure skater when I was young, so it’s always a blast to get back on the ice during the holiday season.
Finally, I’d love to share my special memories from being in choir in middle school, high school, and undergrad. I always enjoyed the holiday concerts the most. When I was in seventh grade, I accompanied the choir on piano for the first time for our performance of “Where Are You Christmas?” That song is forever special to me because of this memory. Also, nothing compares to my memories from the Christmas concerts at my university when I was in undergrad. I went to a Catholic university, and the school has a gorgeous chapel. We performed our Christmas concerts in the chapel, and it was magical. Being in that beautiful and sacred space and singing Christmas music is something I’ll never forget.
I love all of my Christmas memories, and I’m looking forward to making many more.
Finally, do you have a message for the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Demi: I want to wish all of you a blessed holiday season. Please take some time to reflect on all the reasons you have to be grateful. Tell the special people in your life how much you love them, and cherish every moment. I’m sending lots of love to all of you.
You can check out “Snow On Christmas Day” on Spotify below or purchase on Apple music here.