It has started already this year, so I have decided to make it official and allow any of my friends who wish to spread the word. I am the real singer of the infamous O Holy Night that has been floating around the Internet for the past fifteen years or so. Two things have made me decide to take the lid off of the big secret. One, a lot of people are getting a lot of hits on YouTube claiming to be the real singer, but lip syncing badly. One guy has over 200,000 hits on his video. Secondly, enough people have posted my real name on the Internet that there is no reason to try to hide it.
I, Steve W. Mauldin, producer/arranger in Nashville, Tennessee did in fact sing the terrible vocal on the now famous O Holy Night. You are free to spread the word. If you know me, you know I am truthful. I have the original 1/4 inch tape from 1989, I have the orchestral score, and I have the original vocal with choir, split track, and track with no vocal.
I have put the song and the track on iTunes. Search for Funny O Holy Night or place the artist name Steve M. If you want the whole story, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lots of people know it's me, but now I welcome anyone telling my full name since it keeps showing up in discussions anyway.
Every year I think it will die, but I have already had inquiries this year. Last year, an animal rights group from Melbourne Austrailia asked my permission to us it for their campaign. They sent a nice certificate of appreciation.
It was recorded at Oak Valley Studio, Kevin McManus engineered it and it was at the end of a very long recording process for a Christmas album for Christ Church on Old Hickory Blvd. At the end of the session, we were letting off some steam and I sang this version never intending for anyone to hear it except a few close friends. My wife hates it and will not be in a room when it is playing, my dad thought I should not have sang that way on this song. I didn't sing bad to this song, I sang to the last song of the project. Had the last song been White Christmas, I would have sang to White Christmas. But I did not mean for the world to hear it, I was just having some studio fun once we had everything for the album recorded on the 2" tape, like we studio musicians do.
I have heard me singing on Rick & Bubba, Jerry House, a radio station in San Francisco retired the song from their "worse Christmas song of all time" contest declaring it the official #1 Best Worse Christmas Song ever after it won 12 years in a row. They now vote for #2. A friend called from NY while in the Carnegie Hall elevator to let me hear myself singing in Carnegie Hall..........'s elevator.
So spread the word, let's have our laugh and get it over with. Send your friends to iTunes if they do not have it and I will make a little money off of the downloads or the streaming. I have currently made 57.00 total for the couple of years I have had it on iTunes. It costs me 5.99 a month to keep it there. Up until now, I had made nothing, but this was never released as a commercial venture, it just happened.
In any event, I hope this song has made you laugh, and has lifted your spirits. If you haven't heard it, go to iTunes, or if you don't want to spend any money, Fred McKinnon.com has had it on his website for years. I am sure you can find it, but my version is better.