Eagles Players, War On Drugs Drummer Releasing Benefit Christmas Album – Patch

PHILADELPHIA — Philly sports teams are full of surprises this season so far.
But what might be more surprising than the Phillies current playoff run and the Eagles 6-0 record is a new benefit Christmas album featuring Eagles star players and the drummer of a beloved local rock band.
Eagles players Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson, Jordan Mailata, amd Connor Barwin have teamed with The War on Drugs drummer Charlie Hall to release the album “A Philly Special Christmas.”
See a full tracklist below.
The seven-song long play album is set to release Dec. 23 on Vera Y Records, and proceeds from the album will be donated to the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center in Philadelphia.
“A Philly Special Christmas” will be available for digital pre-order on Oct. 29 via iTunes and a limited pressing of 1000 copies on vinyl will be available in late November through the “A Philly Special Christmas” website online here.
Recorded at Rittenhouse Soundworks, Silent Partners, and Elm St studio, the album also features numerous guest musicians.

Additional album contributors are Lady Alma, Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra), Rob Hyman (The Hooters), Eric Bazilian (The Hooters), Zach Miller (Dr. Dog), Robbie Bennett (The War on Drugs), Eliza Hardy Jones (The War on Drugs), Brandon Beaver (MeWithoutYou), Thomas Hughes (The Spinto Band), Randy Huth (Pissed Jeans), Nick Krill (The Spinto Band, Teen Men), Nasir Dickerson, Kaila Vandever, Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner, and The Silver Ages.
Eagles announcer Merrill Reese and players Jalen Hurts, AJ Brown, Brandon Graham, Haason Reddick, and Jordan Davis all make appearances.
“It’s amazing how talented these guys are and cool to see Philly’s music and sports worlds come together to create something special for the holidays,” Barwin said. “I’m proud that everyone involved wanted to do something good with this record by donating proceeds to Philadelphia’s Children’s Crisis Treatment Center’s annual toy drive to help bring a little joy to families during the holidays.”
While singing in the locker room together, Kelce, Johnson and Mailata started talking about the possibilities for making a holiday album filled with classic songs they loved from childhood.
They floated the idea by former Eagle Barwin and current Director of Player Development.
Barwin reached out to his Hall, who also loved the idea.
The players, Hall, and Barwin got together for a summer bonfire with guitars and favorite songs.
The group shared their collective love for the city and music.
Afterward, they knew that making a holiday record had to happen.
Hall agreed to produce and began to assemble Philadelphian musicians to join them in the studio to make this dream a reality.
“Earlier this year, Jason Kelce got it in his mind to make something special for Philly and has assembled a group of teammates (who can really sing, like really) to make a Christmas record,” Hall said. “What began as just a seed of an idea has grown to include all sorts of Philly luminaries both young and old, from The Hooters to the celestial sounds of Marshall Allen of the Sun Ra Arkestra to The War On Drugs to Lady Alma and everything in between (including members of Dr Dog, The Spinto Band and countless others). We’ve had some of the most beautiful young Philly players add their heart and spirit – including Nasir Dickerson (tenor sax) and Kalia Vandever (trombone). This is a record that is just absolutely full of JOY.”
“It means a lot to me about coming together, sharing stories about our upbringing, and what Christmas was like for each of us growing up,” Mailata said. “I hope we bring people together with this album the same way that it brought us closer together talking about our backgrounds, music and family holidays. And discovering that Lane and Kelce have great voices behind their beards was my favorite part.”
“What started out as a fun idea with the intention of raising money for families around the holidays, turned into something much more,” Kelce said. “This project ended up becoming one of the most enjoyable and delightful experiences I’ve ever been a part of. How all of this came together, the people, the music, the joy, was incredible. From our first meeting, you could feel the happiness and energy from everyone, the amount of people who were willing to give their skill, time, and spirit has been inspiring. At some point, we all realized, this is going to be really great, which exceeded any of our expectations going in. But more than that, and I know it’s cheesy, this album really came to embody friendship, joy, and giving, as if the Christmas Spirit had possessed us all. I can’t thank everyone who was involved in creating this enough and am excited to partner and donate proceeds to the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center’s annual toy drive in Philadelphia. I feel so proud to have been involved!”
Check out the “A Philly Special Christmas” track listing below:

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