To celebrate the forthcoming Christmas holiday, Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has released the first-ever music video for Whitney Houston’s “One Wish (For Christmas).”
The track, which was co-written by Freddie Jackson, Gordon Chambers, and Barry Eastmond, debuted first on Jackson's 1994 holiday release, Freddie Jackson - At Christmas. Houston remade the song for in 2003 for her One Wish: The Holiday Album, which now includes a video created by filmmaker Katia Temkin showcasing classic performance footage as well as the song’s lyrics, which in part reads:
"If there were no presents/Waiting on Santa's sleigh/What would I wish/For Christmas," she asks before answering, "I would pray for hope and unity/On Christmas day/If I had one wish for Christmas/There would be joy and peace here on earth/If I had one wish for Christmas this year/We would all come together as one."
According to an official statement, the song’s video, takes place in a “whimsical fantasia filled with familiar symbols of the holiday season — reindeer, ornaments, bells ringing, stars twinkling, snow falling — an evocation of home, hearth, friends, and family coming together to celebrate the holiday spirit.”
Back in 2003, when the song was originally released, it hit No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 200 and spent six weeks on the chart. The One Wish:The Holiday Album has been certified gold by the RIAA.
The Estate of Whitney Houston has also announced that Perryscope, its official merchandise company, will launch a special collection of “One Wish” merchandise” for the holidays, further memorializing the singer who died in 2012.
Houston made history both when she was alive and posthumously. The Guinness World Records cites her as the most awarded female artist of all time with more than 200 million records sold worldwide.
Check out the timeless video for “One Wish (For Christmas)” below.
Photo courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment