Jill selected 17 of her favorite holiday songs and rehearsed them with the band. “The main objective here was to make them our own. These songs have been instilled in everyone’s childhood memories; I didn’t want to compete with the original arrangements.” Jack and the band succeeded. Performing in front of a full house, the audience members expressed their excitement over the unique musical approach.
Jack also challenged herself to write a Christmas song for the album, entitled Christmas Morning. “It was definitely intimidating to write a Christmas song, considering what I was up against, but during that time so many people had lost loved ones or were being separated from them for one reason or another, so I wrote a song for those people, the ones who may be lonely, sad or just longing for the past”.
After working with award winning engineers Peter Jay and Jim Kissling through the summer on the mixing of the songs, Jill chose the best 12 out of the 18 songs of the night for the release of the CD. “That was a difficult job, you felt like you were leaving a friend out, but the CD would have been too long, so it had to be done”.