Feliz Navidad LII by Michèal Castaldo Drops 11/4
Recognizing 52nd Anniversary of Its Release by José Feliciano
NEW YORK, N.Y., October 28, 2022—Italian Canadian-American musician, Michéal Castaldo, will release Feliz Navidad LII with a distinctive Reggaeton-Latin-Flamenco beat perfectly setting it to be discovered and appreciated by a worldwide audience in recognition of its original release by José Feliciano in 1970. Feliz Navidad LII will drop on Spotify and all major digital streaming platforms on November 4.
It brings a blend of musical cultures and includes whispers of Merry Christmas in 25 different languages by Castaldo fans from around the world, including Albanian, Afrikaan, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Welsh, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spnaish, Swahili, Norwegian, Latin, Lithuanian, Croatian, Dutch, Filipino, Ukranian, French, Greek, German, Polish, and English.
At the end of Feliz Navidad LII, Michéal Castaldo sings “JO-SE”—giving a respectful nod and honor to José Feliciano. The Official video of Feliz Navidad LII on YouTube will be Premiere on November 2.
Known for his crossover Italian ballads and Italian versions of popular hits from various genres, Castaldo and fellow Berklee alum, award-winning remixer Mystr E, have created another expressive and joyful remix dance groove that highlights the Reggaeton beat.
About the Recording Artist:
Michéal Castaldo was born in Reggio Calabria, Italy, immigrated to Canada, and became a citizen with his family when he was a young boy. He studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. As a vocalist, he has toured North America and Europe, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Rainbow Room, Shea Stadium, Toronto’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and Italy’s Teatro F. Cilea and Pescara Opera House. Michéal Castaldo has been making New York City his home for the past 36 years.
The track also features award-winning musician Michelle Lewis and Steven Addabbo on background vocals. Michelle Lewis is an Emmy-winning songwriter and composer based in Los Angeles, and a highly influential music creators’ rights advocate as well. Steve Addabbo is a record producer, songwriter, and audio engineer who helped launch the careers of Suzanne Vega and Shawn Colvin. Flamenco guitar accompaniment was performed by Italian musician Francesco Grant-Energipsy. Francesco has shared the stage with the Gipsy Kings and Paco DeLucia and José Feliciano.
About the Cover Image Artist:
The cover image of Feliz Navidad LII was created by Mark Kostabi. He is best known for his paintings of faceless figures. Beyond traditional art world exposure, Kostabi has designed album covers for Guns N’ Roses (Use Your Illusion) and The Ramones (Adios Amigos!). He has designed numerous products, including a Swatch watch, Alessi vases, and a Giro d’Italia pink jersey. Kostabi’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Brooklyn Museum, National Gallery in Washington D.C., Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, and the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands.
About the Engineer:
Elliott Thomas, aka Mystr-E, is a mix engineer and producer based out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After graduating from the Berklee College of Music, he moved to New York and began touring as a keyboardist for freestyle artists, The Cover Girls and Lissette Melendez. He then worked at several mid major studios as a recording and mix engineer and producer. His clients included Nona Hendryx, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Angie Stone, Monie Love, Asheru, Dres (Black Sheep), Mark Middleton (Blackstreet), Lumidee, Malik Pendleton, Prestige and Youngblood (The Hitmen), and others.
Music for Feliz Navidad LII was written by José Feliciano, and published by Deedle Dytle Music. It was produced by Michéal Castaldo. This new sound recording is published by Majestic Castle Music–Vital Records. Feliz Navidad LII is credited to Mystr E + DJ MC Cell, with engineering by Eliott Thomas. Additional engineering by Enrico Galante, Francesco Grant, Jon Gordon, Steve Addabbo, Michéal Castaldo, and Dan Petty.
Michéal Castaldo’s Silhouette photo credit by Mark Kopko. Sitka Designs designed the cover.
Feliz Navidad LII is available at digital online music e-tail stores worldwide and to stream on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer, and YouTube.
Follow Michéal Castaldo on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/Follow-Castaldo-Spotify, where his recent popular single releases Baila Morena Remix, Riu, 'Na Muri, Hotel California Remix, Spetu Pe Tia, and Africa MMXXII, were included in Spotify’s prestigious curated playlists. Castaldo has now received over 1.25 million streams on Spotify and over one million views on YouTube.
For further information and to book Michéal Castaldo and his musicians contact: Majestic Castle Music Productions at MajesticCastleMusic@yahoo.com or call toll-free at 877-642-7271.
What the Media is Saying:
Giovanna Auriemma - WRHU Radio
Micheal, I absolutely love your take on this fun happy n energetic song.
Sal Palmeri - Radio Amica
Bravo Micheal...mi e' piaciuta...la trasmettero'...
Joey Nigro-Nilson - WCNY Radio
I can put it in for next Sunday.
John Richetta - The Fox Radio
Awesome! Bravo! EVERYTHING you do is so professionally produced. And the musicians you use are always so good. I'm going to try to get the song now so I can start playing it on Tempo next Sunday. Grazie!
Vinve Camp - WNIO Radio
Even if I never heard the song I know absolutely that it will be great.
Jack DiGiorgio - Le Belle Dimenticate Radio
Mandamela. La voglio scaricare domani e mettere in onda.
Antonio Sorgiovanni - World Radio -Canada
I love the song! You just can't help but to move to it.
John LaBarca - WHLI Radio
Yeah yes yeah yes yeah yes yeah yes yeah yes!!!! Send it.
Joe Costa - WATR Radio
Mike i love it as a dance number and club mix, to get people moving. Very good, it is a change from your normal style of "bel canto " but i like it.
Jannie Rawlinson - Radio Calon
Michael, I love it!!! Xxxx Brilliant, Thank you, it’s to late for inclusion in tomorrow’s show, but will definitely be promoting next week xxx
Patrizia Bottoni - CHIN Radio Canada
What a lovely mix
You are my myth Michael. True statement.
Peter Miele - CHIN Radio
As always very well done.
Nino Magarelli - Former WRHU Radio host
Hi Michael.i have no words to describe the masterpiece you created. The beat .I love it.
Daniela Celella - Italian Radio Zenith Messina NYC
Finalmenteeeeee!!!! Oddio i love it. From my cell all seems Great. I will have on my playlist next week for certain! BravO
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