Origin of Brooks' new Christmas song, "Surfin' with Santa" December 07 2015 4 Comments

In early 2014, Maui singer/songwriter, Brooks Maguire received a record deal from ACT Music Group - Nashville to co-write/record a CD with hit songwriter, Joe Beck (joebeckmusicgroup.com). Joe Beck and Jim Frazier shared production duties of Brooks' CD, "The Road I Never Chose" which featured legendary guitarist, Will McFarlane (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section), songs co-written with iconic songwriter, Bill Shore (hits by Charlie Pride, Patsy Cline and Garth Brooks' hit, "Wild Horses") and producing the singles, "Maui" and "A Million Steps Ago". In September of this year, in preparation for Brooks' return to Nashville to record his follow up CD, "Comeback King", Brooks and Joe Beck decided to write an island/surfing themed Christmas song as a promotional tool in advance of the release of the new CD in early 2016. Beck came up with the idea of making it song about surfing with Santa. Just days before leaving Maui to go to Nashville, Brooks saw a Facebook post announcing the production of a feature length Christmas movie being shot in Maui titled, "Aloha Santa" starring comedian/actor, George Lopez. The post indicated that "Aloha Santa" was to begin filming in December. The Facebook post also tagged Brooks' friend, musician/actor/producer, Eric Gilliom, identifying Gilliom as one of the producers of the film. Brooks immediately called Gilliom to find out the story line of the movie with the intention/hope of writing the surfing Christmas song for possible consideration to be included in the movie soundtrack. Only days later, armed with the basic storyline provided by Gilliom, Brooks flew to Nashville where he and Joe Beck collaborated with songwriter, Billy Sprague, to create "Surfin' with Santa" and recorded the song (produced by Beck and Frazier) as a bonus track to be included on Brooks' "Comeback King" CD. The resulting tune is a swinging Beach Boys-esque vocal styled Christmas surf song with a "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" feel that captivates the listener's ear from the beginning. The tune even has a Dick Dale type guitar riff to boot! "Surfin' with Santa" has everything to make it a new millennium Island Christmas classic and is available for immediate download from Brooks' website - www.brooksmaguire.com, iTunes and all major download sites!