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All They Want for Christmas Is You

BU musicians perform their take on Mariah Carey holiday standard

In December 2016, a group of BU musicians—four vocalists and a jazz ensemble—recorded their take on the Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff holiday standard “All I Want for Christmas Is You” in an Allston studio. The song, an immediate critical and popular hit when Carey introduced it in 1994, is now a Christmas classic. Rolling Stone ranked it fourth on its Greatest Rock & Roll Christmas Songs list, and last year it hit 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The BU musicians are Jordan Shulman (CAS’17), Alexis James (COM’18, Questrom’18), Emma Seslowsky (COM’18), and Malik Hatcher (Questrom’18), along with the jazz combo 4thirty, featuring bassist Simon Nichols (CAS’17), saxophonist Jesse Colford (CFA’18), drummer Drew Faria (CAS’19), and pianist Ben Colgan (CAS’20, CFA’20).

A film crew of current and former BU students created a winter set, complete with snow and holiday lights. Our thanks to them and to all the participating musicians.

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  • BU student playing ukelele.

    Emma Seslowsky (COM’18)

  • BU musicians on magical winter Wonderland set.

    Drew Faria (CAS’19), Ben Colgan (CFA’20, CAS’20), Alexis James (Questrom’18, COM’18), Simon Nichols (CAS’17)

  • BU student playing drums.

    Drew Faria (CAS’19)

  • BU vocalist and bassist performing.

    Alexis James (Questrom’18, COM’18) Simon Nichols (CAS’17)

  • BU vocalists performing.

    Jordan Shulman (CAS’17) Alexis James (Questrom’18, COM’18)

  • BU pianist wearing reindeer nose.

    Ben Colgan (CFA’20, CAS’20)

  • BU student performing vocals.

    Malik Hatcher (Questrom’18)

  • BU saxophonist playing notes.

    Jesse Colford (CFA’18)


13 Comments on All They Want for Christmas Is You

  • BU staffer on 12.12.2016 at 8:59 am

    Thanks for starting off our week with some holiday fun from these talented musicians and singers!

  • Barbara S-C on 12.12.2016 at 9:03 am


    • Simon Nichols on 12.12.2016 at 9:26 am


    • Other Barb on 12.12.2016 at 9:34 am

      So good to see Simon and the others – a great way to start the week.

  • ID on 12.12.2016 at 2:47 pm

    I look forward to these songs every year. It was very painful having to finish hearing the first guy, the rest of crew was phenomenal. Seriously, why can’t you have a BU Voice competition and we can hear the ones who actually deserve it most. just sayin

    • Rubes on 12.13.2016 at 10:12 am

      Seriously. I couldn’t get past the first guy. Obviously he’s talented, but you don’t have to sing every note you’ve ever learned. Sometimes less is more, especially when you have a beautiful simple melody to start with.

  • Another Bu Student on 12.13.2016 at 4:20 pm

    Jordy has really got to get a little more subtle with his singing, emma and malik crushed it tho

    • Jordy on 12.20.2016 at 5:08 pm

      Noted! Happy holidays :)

  • Emma on 12.14.2016 at 1:21 pm

    Had a blast recording this with all the musicians involved! Not sure where the hate for Jordy is coming from, he clearly has great control over his voice and an immense talent!

  • Bravo! on 12.11.2017 at 9:55 am

    I like the surprised moment when the dude breaks out of the red gift wrapper and blasts – hahaha – LOL – it’s so cool – this charismatic and thoughtful performance definitely brings us all into the mood of Christmas holiday.

  • jw on 12.13.2017 at 8:17 am

    Wonderful! Great performances by all & fun details. Thanks for bringing this favorite back for the holidays, BUToday!

  • Zachary Prescott on 12.13.2017 at 10:40 am

    Jordy and Emma bring me LIFE!!!!!!!!!!

  • Roger Stock on 12.15.2017 at 9:35 am

    You’re all so talented. A real treat to start the Holidays! Thank You!

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