12.10.18

Michael Longoria Chats His Holiday Album, "Merry Christmas Darling"

Following the release of his debut solo album, "Broadway Brick By Brick," Michael Longoria sings us home for the holidays with a collection of his Christmas favorites. "Merry Christmas Darling," a romantic holiday album with a throwback 60s vibe, will make listeners want to hang up your stocking, snuggle up by the fireplace, and get into the Christmas spirit. Longoria’s winter wonderland love-note was produced by Grammy nominee Michael Croiter. He took the BUILD stage to talk about the album and played a few songs for the audience.

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>>> HEY, EVERYONE, WELCOME BACK TO "BUILD." I'M YOUR HOST, BRITTANY JONES COOPER. I'M SITTING DOWN WITH MICHAEL LONGORIA, THE SINGER AND ACTOR HAS APPEARED ON BROADWAY, IN "HAIRSPRAY" AND "JERSEY BOYS." HE IS JOINING US WITH HIS NEW ALBUM MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING. HE WILL PERFORM A FEW SONGS BUT FIRST HE'S GOING TO SIT DOWN WITH ME AND DISCUSS THE ALBUM. HELP ME WELCOME MICHAEL LONGORIA. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> HI. THANK YOU SO MUCH. NOT ONLY DID THE WORLD NEED IT BUT I REALLY NEEDED CHRISTMAS WHEN IT STARTED THIS. IN THE SUMMERTIME WHEN I STARTED IT, THE CHRISTMAS SONGS JUST KEPT CREEPING IN ON MY PLAY LIST. IT JUST KIND OF INFORMED MY WHOLE JOURNEY AND MADE ITSELF A CHRISTMAS ALBUM.

>> IT'S SUCH A VIBE, SUCH A MOOD. I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY YOU WERE BEING LED THAT WAY.

>> YEAH. SO I WANTED TO TAKE A DIFFERENT ANGLE, THOUGH. INSTEAD OF TRADITIONAL CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS SONGS, WHICH I LOVE, WHICH GETS INTO THE MOOD, I WANTED TO TAKE A ROMANTIC ANGLE, LONELY ROMEO'S PERSPECTIVE ALONE AT CHRISTMAS WAITING TO BE WITH THE LOVE OF THEIR LIFE AND CAN'T.

>> I HEAR THAT WAS INSPIRED BY YOUR OWN LOVE STORY.

>> ABSOLUTELY. THERE'S A SONG I WROTE ON THERE CALLED "MARRY ME THIS CHRISTMAS." IT'S A WINTER LOVE WEDDING CHRISTMAS SONG. IT'S WRITTEN ON A SPECIFIC VARIANCE OF HOW I MET MY HUSBAND. WE MET AT A CHRISTMAS PARTY A FEW YEARS AGO. MORE THAN A FEW YEARS AGO. AT THIS WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS PARTY, WE WERE AN ONLINE ROMANCE. THIS WAS OUR OPPORTUNITY TO MEET EACH OTHER FACE TO FACE AND SEE IF OUR PROFILES MATCHED WHAT WE HAD BEEN PUTTING OUT THERE. AND, OF COURSE, HE WAS MORE GORGEOUS THAN HIS PROFILE. AND THE RELATIONSHIP TURNED OUT TO BE WAY DEEPER AND WAY MORE MEANINGFUL. PRIMARILY BECAUSE IT STARTED ONLINE, BECAUSE WE HAD TO GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER WITH A HUGE DISTANCE AND THE SONG "MARRY ME THIS CHRISTMAS" IS IN THAT WORLD AND I WANTED TO CAPTURE THE WORLD OF WHAT THAT ROMANCE IS AND WAS AND THE JOURNEY THAT IT TOOK.

>> YOU JUST CELEBRATED TEN YEARS TOGETHER?

>> TEN YEARS TOGETHER BUT OUR FIRST ANNIVERSARY TOGETHER OF BEING WED. SO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> YES. I KNOW HIS HUSBAND. WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL TOGETHER.

>> OMAHA! OMAHA!

>> NEBRASKA.

>> GO BIG RED. HE TAUGHT ME WELL.

>> GOOD JOB.

>> LET'S TALK ABOUT THE ALBUM. "MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING." AM I SUPPOSED TO GO DARLING OR DARLING?

>> DEPENDS WHERE YOU'RE AT. AT A GAY CLUB IT'S MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING! I WANTED IT TO BE A GIFT FROM THE CHARACTER OF THIS ROMEO TO HIS LOVE. SO ALL THESE SONGS ARE SONGS OF YEARNING AND WANTING TO BE WITH SOMEBODY IN THE COLD AND WHEN IT'S SNOWING OUT. AND SO THE DARLING WAS KIND OF JUST A LITTLE ROMANTIC WORD OF IT. IT COULD HAVE BEEN MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY, MERRY CHRISTMAS LOVER, WHATEVER. BUT DARLING KIND OF CAPTURED THE LOVE IS OF IT, THE MEANING BEHIND THE ALBUM. BUT IT ALSO IS A VERY PERIOD WORD, WHICH BRINGS ME TO THE WHOLE ALBUM IS A '60s VIBE. I TOUR WITH MIDTOWN MEN, DID "JERSEY BOYS" ON BROADWAY. ANYBODY SEE "JERSEY BOYS"? YEAH! I TOUR WITH THE ORIGINAL GUYS. WE ARE IN A GROUP CALLED THE MIDTOWN MEN. WE TOUR ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, SINGING 1960s MUSIC. I'VE BEEN DOING THAT FOR ABOUT NINE YEARS. I STARTED THAT RIGHT BEFORE I MET MY HUSBAND. AND DURING THAT TIME PERIOD, THE WHOLE -- THAT BUSINESS GREW AT THE SAME TIME. WE'RE BOTH REACHING OUR TEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY, ME AND MY HUSBAND AND THE MIDTOWN MEN. AND THAT'S LIKE A MARRIAGE IN ITSELF, YOU KNOW. BEING ON THE ROAD WITH YOUR BEST FRIENDS AND SINGING THIS GREAT CATALOG OF MUSIC. BECAUSE OF THAT EXPERIENCE AND BECAUSE OF MY BROADWAY EXPERIENCE IN '60s MUSIC, THIS ALBUM WAS INFORMED OF THAT VOICE. ALL THE SONGS HAVE THAT LITTLE FLARE OF THE '60s.

>> AND ALL THOSE GUYS MAKE AN APPEARANCE ON THE ALBUM, RIGHT?

>> YES. THEY JOIN ME TO SING A SONG CALLED "LITTLE ST. NICK." IT'S A BEACH BOYS SONG. WE TAKE ON THE BEACH BOYS, BEATLES AND ALL THOSE GUYS. I WANTED TO USE THIS CHRISTMAS ALBUM TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ALSO SHOW ANOTHER SIDE OF ME THAT HAS BEEN, YOU KNOW, EXISTING AND COEXISTING WITH MY OWN VOICE.

>> SO THERE'S A LOT OF AMAZING SONGS ON HERE. SOME WE KNOW, SOME ARE NEW. LET'S TALK ABOUT THESE CLASSICS AND WHY YOU DECIDED TO PUT THEM ON YOUR ALBUM. ONE BEING "HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS." EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT SONG BUT WHY WAS IT SPECIAL FOR YOU?

>> I'M SO GLAD YOU PICKED THAT SONG TO TALK ABOUT. THAT ONE IS A SONG -- OH, YEAH, I KNOW THIS ONE, UNTIL YOU SEE IT ON THE LIST. I'M FAMILIAR WITH WHAT THIS SONG MEANS. THAT'S HOW I THOUGHT AS WELL. WHEN I STARTED TO RESEARCH IT AND BEING LIKE, OKAY, WHAT IS THIS REALLY ABOUT? IT'S LIKE THIS REALLY SAD SONG ABOUT BEING ALONE AT CHRISTMAS. AND I STARTED TO LOOK AT IT IN A MORE POSITIVE LIGHT. HOW CAN WE MAKE THIS SONG THAT'S ABOUT BEING ALONE NEXT YEAR THAN IT IS NOW? HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS MORE OF AN INSPIRATIONAL TAKE? THE WAY THAT I CAME AROUND TO IT WAS ALL -- HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS. THE WHOLE PHRASE. HAVE YOURSELF, ME, RIGHT? IF YOU'RE ALONE, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOURSELF IS HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS, LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND SEE WHO NEEDS YOUR LOVE THE MOST. IT'S YOURSELF. SO I KIND OF TOOK THIS SONG, "HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS" TO MEAN THAT. AT THE END OF THE ROMEO'S JOURNEY, THERE AN ALTERNATE JOURNEY I MADE UP AND I FEEL WHEN I SING IT. BY THE TIME YOU GET TO THAT MOMENT IN THE ALBUM YOU REALIZE HE HAS BEEN WANTING LOVE AND WANTING TO BE WITH SOMEBODY THIS WHOLE TIME. THIS HAPPENS IN THE ALBUM YOU REALIZE HE'S OKAY TO BE ALONE AND IT'S OKAY TO HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS BY YOURSELF.

>> I LOVE THAT WHEN THE ARTIST PUTS THAT BEHIND THE TRACK LIST IN THE ORDER. IT WAS IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A FEELING, A VIBE THROUGHOUT IT?

>> IT MIGHT BE THE MUSICAL QUEEN IN ME, NEEDING A STORY LINE AND A CHARACTER. BUT I THINK IT'S GOOD THAT THAT'S MY HISTORY BECAUSE IT KIND OF INFORMS NOT ONLY LIKE THE STORY OF THE ALBUM BUT EACH SONG IS A STORY IN ITSELF. IT'S A THREE-ACT PLAY WITHIN THE VERSE, THE CHORUS AND THE BRIDGE. EACH TIME I START A SONG, IT'S STARTING A NEW PLACE. I'M IN A NEW SCENARIO. IT'S A NEW LOVER I'M TALKING ABOUT, A NEW EXPERIENCE THAT BROKE ME OR MADE ME AND THAT'S KIND OF THE JOY OF DOING THESE SONGS NOW AFTER BEING ON BROADWAY. I'M APPROACHING IT AS AN ACTOR AS WELL. I'M REALLY LIVING THE CHARACTER.

>> ANOTHER ONE THAT'S A MODERN CLASSIC IS "ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU," OBVIOUSLY, MADE FAMOUS BY MARIAH CAREY.

>> CAN YOU HAVE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT MARIAH? IN FACT, WHEN SHE'S ON, IT'S CHRISTMAS ALL THE TIME, RIGHT? I GREW UP IN THE 1990s AND THAT WAS -- I DIDN'T HAVE ACCESS TO LIKE A CD PLAYER OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. WHAT I DID HAVE ACCESS TO WAS FREE RADIO. ON THE RADIO, MARIAH CAREY WAS LIVING HER REIGN, RIGHT WHEN SHE CAME OUT. AND DURING THAT TIME, I WAS STUDYING TO BE A SINGER, GOING TO HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS AND TAKING LONG BUS RIDES AND LISTENING TO THESE RADIO WAVES OF MARIAH SINGING AND SOMETHING ABOUT HER SPECIFICALLY KIND OF SPOKE TO ME AS A YOUNG ARTIST OR YOUNG KID. MAYBE IT WAS THE LYRICS THAT SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT. BECAUSE THOSE SONGS ARE REAL DEEP. LIKE, YOU KNOW, EMOTIONS. FIRST OF ALL, ONE IS CALLED EMOTIONS. ALL YOU FEEL ARE EMOTIONS. AND THEN JUST LIKE, OBVIOUSLY, THE STRATOSPHERE OF HER VOCAL RANGE WAS INSPIRING. PRIMARILY, I FELT HER. I FEEL LIKE I FELT WHAT SHE WAS FEELING IN THE STUDIO. THAT'S ALWAYS BEEN MY GOAL AS A RECORDING ARTIST, IS TO BE LIKE BY MYSELF IN A LITTLE BOX AND GIVE MY ENTIRE BEING, MY HEART, MY SOUL, EVERYTHING OUT ON THE LINE AS IF IT WAS JUST ME, WHICH IT IS. AND THEN SOMEBODY OUT THERE IS GOING TO GET THIS ALBUM IN THE MIDDLE OF WHEREVER, NEBRASKA, AND THEY'RE GOING TO HOPEFULLY FEEL WHAT I WAS FEELING. NOT TO JUST HEAR THE SONG. THAT'S A GREAT SONG, A HOT NOTE BUT ACTUALLY FEEL HOW I FELT WHEN MARIAH WAS SINGING TO ME. TO FEEL SOMETHING. THAT'S THE GOAL FOR ME AS AN ARTIST.

>> WHAT A PERFECT ALBUM TO DO IT. IT'S SUCH AN EMOTIONAL TIME FOR SOMEBODY. KNOWING THAT WAS YOUR INTENTION GOING IN, EVEN MORE EXCITING. YOU MENTIONED THE MERRY ME AT CHRISTMAS ONE, ARE THERE OTHER ORIGINAL SONGS AS WELL?

>> THAT'S THE ONLY ORIGINAL SONG. AND IT WAS A LAST-MINUTE ADDITION. ORIGINALLY I HAD THIS WHOLE STORY LINE OF ROMEO, ENDING ON HAVING YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS BUT THEN THE FINAL SONG IS MARRY ME THIS CHRISTMAS. I WANTED IT TO BE A WINK TO SAY THIS ROMEO FOUND ROMANCE AND HAS A HAPPY ENDING. IT'S A CHRISTMAS LOVE HAPPY ENDING.

>> YOUR VOCAL RANGE IS SO IMPRESSIVE. I'M ALWAYS CURIOUS WHEN YOU'RE HITTING THOSE HIGH NOTES. HOW DO YOU PROTECT YOUR VOICE? WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP IT? I KNOW IT GETS EXHAUSTING.

>> I JUST SAY A LITTLE PRAYER. NO, A LOT OF IT IS HYDRATION. A LOT OF BIG BROADWAY STARS WHEN I WAS FIRST COMING UP AND ASKING, WHAT DO I DO? I'M GOING TO GET TIRED, DOING EIGHT SHOWS A WEEK. THE BIGGEST ADVICE THEY SAID WAS HYDRATE. DRINK, DRINK, DRINK. WATER, WATER. AND NOTHING ELSE. AND DURING THAT TIME, I REALIZED THAT'S IT. IT'S LITERALLY ABOUT HAVING FULL HYDRATION IN YOUR BODY. AND ALSO JUST TRUSTING THAT YOU'VE DONE ALL THE WORK. HOPEFULLY, YOU HAVE. I'VE BEEN DOING THIS SINCE MAY, THIS ALBUM. YOU'VE DONE ALL THE HARD WORK ALREADY AND TODAY IS JUST A CELEBRATION AND SHARING MOMENT TO SHARE ALL THAT EMOTIONAL JOURNEY YOU WENT THROUGH. AND HERE IS A GLORIOUS CELEBRATION OF NOW IT'S OUT THERE IN THE WORLD FOR SOMEBODY TO EXPERIENCE IT.

>> AND YOU'VE DONE SO MUCH. OBVIOUSLY, YOUR BROADWAY CREDITS ARE AMAZING. YOU RELEASED AN ALBUM IN 2016, AND NOW THIS ALBUM. IT FEELS LIKE FROM THE OUTSIDE YOU'VE ACCOMPLISHED EVERYTHING THAT SOMEBODY WOULD WANT TO ACCOMPLISH.

>> YEAH.

>> BUT WHAT IS KIND OF NEXT? WHAT IS MAYBE A GOAL THAT YOU HAVE?

>> IT'S FUNNY. IT'S PROBABLY THE ARTIST IN ME. I WILL NEVER FEEL LIKE I'VE DONE ENOUGH. I FEEL LIKE I'M CATCHING UP. I FEEL LIKE I NEED TO KEEP DOING MORE AND MORE AND MORE. THERE'S YEARS I DIDN'T DO AN ALBUM. I JUST FEEL LIKE I'M GOING TO BE FEELING THAT WAY FOR A WHILE. I'M GOING TO KEEP RUNNING AND RUNNING AND RECORDING ALBUMS. 2019 IS GOING TO BE FULL OF ME AND THE RECORDING STUDIO FOR SURE. I HAVE A LOT OF, LIKE SAY, IRONS IN THE FIRE. IT'S ALL CREATIVE. AND IT'S ALL -- I'M NO LONGER WAITING AROUND FOR SOMEONE TO MAKE THE PROJECT FOR ME, WHICH A LOT OF US AS ACTORS HAVE TO DO. HOPEFULLY, I CAN FIND A PART THAT'S RIGHT FOR ME AND AUDITION FOR IT AND BE AT THE RIGHT PLACE, AT THE RIGHT TIME. OBVIOUSLY THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. I FEEL LOOK I NEED TO SEEK OUT OPPORTUNITIES ON MY OWN. AND THIS IS ONE OF THEM. IT WAS AN OPPORTUNITY WHERE I HAD A SPECIFIC IDEA AND I WANTED TO GET IT OUT THERE. THE ONLY WAY TO DO IT REALLY IS JUST DO IT. YOU KNOW?

>> IS THERE A DREAM ROLE ON BROADWAY YOU WOULD HAVE TO TAKE ON?

>> IT WOULD HAVE TO BE IN ONE OF THOSE SPECIAL SHOWS WHERE THEY DO LIKE NON -- YOU COULD PLAY ANY PART. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT RACE OR GENDER YOU ARE. IF SO I WOULD LOVE TO PLAY AYEDA, THE HAPPY VERSION, YOU KNOW. I WAS AT NYU, COLLEGE STUDENT MY FIRST -- ONE OF MY FIRST JOBS AS A KID WAS TRYING TO STUDY AND -- WORK STUDY OR WHATEVER, STUDYING PROGRAMS AT AYEDA ON BROADWAY. LITERALLY THE FIRST TIME I SAW A LONG RUN. I WAS LIKE, WAIT, THE SHOW ISN'T JUST THE WEEKEND? HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS, LEADING UP TO THE ONE WEEKEND, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, THAT WAS IT. AND THIS WAS LIKE A FULL RUN. I WAS WORKING THERE FOR FOUR MONTHS. I SAW THE VARIATIONS, PERFORMANCES, UNDERSTUDIES GOING ON. THESE DIFFERENT CHANGES THAT ENDED UP NOT MAKING IT UNTIL OPENING NIGHT. I THINK AYEDA WAS THE FIRST TIME I GOT TO SEE WHAT A BROADWAY RUN WOULD LOOK LIKE. SO THAT'S WHY I JOKINGLY SAY AYEDA. WE'LL SEE WHAT KIND OF PARTS COME MY WAY.

>> I'M ALL FOR COLOR BLIND, GENDER BLIND. JUST PICK THE BEST PERSON FOR THE JOB.

>> BE CREATIVE.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> IT'S NOT LIKE WHERE YOU HAVE TO SELL TICKETS.

>> YEAH, WHATEVER.

>> HAVE YOU SEEN MY HAIR? IT'S AMAZING! WE HAVE AUDIENCE QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU PERFORM. WHO DO WE HAVE FIRST?

>> HI! CONGRATS ON THE NEW ALBUM.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE MUSICIANS AT THE MOMENT?

>> AT THE MOMENT? I LIKE HALSEY. AND I LIKE -- MARIAH CAREY KEEPS BRINGING NEW STUFF ALL THE TIME. ARIANNA GRANDE, I LOVE HER RANGE, HER VOICE AND WHAT SHE'S TRYING TO PUT OUT THERE. AND I'M VERY OLD SCHOOL. I LIKE TO LISTEN TO A LOT OF OLD '60s POP GUY GROUPS TO GET INSPIRATION AND I FEEL LIKE THAT KIND OF COLORS MY PERFORMANCE.

>> YOU WERE INTO THAT SORT OF MUSIC BEFORE, RIGHT? YOU GREW UP WATCHING "WEST SIDE STORY."

>> YEAH. MY MOM CALLS THEM THE OLDIES. THEY WOULD BE CLEANING THE HOUSE AND LISTENING TO THESE SONGS BY FRANKIE VALLE AND THE MAMAS AND PAPAS. I WOULD BE MASTERING THEM AS A CHILD AND EVENTUALLY YEARS LATER I WOULD CALL ON THEM, AUDITION FOR HAIRSPRAY. IT WAS ALL ABOUT THAT TIME PERIOD. AND THE FIRST TIME I SANG THERE WAS RUN AROUND SUE BY DION. THAT WAS A SONG THAT -- EVERYTHING IS CAUSE AND EFFECT. THAT WAS A SONG THAT I WAS REHEARSING AS A WAITER, SINGING WAITER IN TIMES SQUARE. I WAS LEARNING AND SINGING ALL THESE '50s AND '60s DOO WOP SONGS. ALL THESE THINGS KIND OF PREPARED ME FOR THAT WORLD.

>> SUCH GOOD ADVICE FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS. EVERYTHING BUILDS ON IT.

>> DON'T JUST LIMIT YOURSELF TO ONE KIND OF GENRE. I GREW UP SINGING MARIACHI MUSIC, SPANISH MUSIC THAT I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THE WORDS TO. I DON'T KNOW IF ANYBODY KNOWS, MARIACHI MUSIC IN SPANISH IS GUT WRENCHING LIKE I LOST MY LOVER, SOMEBODY TOOK THEM, THAT KIND OF -- THE WORST EMOTIONAL TRAGEDIES OF YOUR LIFE IN A SONG IS WHAT MARIACHI IS. I GREW UP LEARNING HOW TO FEEL THESE SONGS FIRST AND THEN MARIAH CAREY WAS ON THE RADIO MIXING WITH THAT AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN BROADWAY. SO IT WAS A COOL MIXTURE OF ALL THESE THINGS.

>> I LOVE THAT. AND ONE MORE QUESTION?

>> HELLO.

>> HI.

>> I HAVE AN ONLINE QUESTION.

>> SURE.

>> HOW DO YOU GET SOMEONE IN CHRISTMAS SPIRIT WHO IS NOT A CHRISTMASY PERSON?

>> I THINK THAT'S A GREAT -- WELL, A LOT OF TIMES WHAT HAPPENS TO ME IS WHEN I GO SHOPPING OR WALKING AROUND AT THIS SPECIFIC TIME, I DON'T THINK YOU CAN HELP BUT TO KIND OF BE LIFTED WHEN YOU HEAR THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS AT THE SHOPS AND STUFF LIKE THAT. BUT I WOULD SAY LISTEN TO THESE LOVE SONGS. LIKE GO AHEAD AND CRY LIKE "LAST CHRISTMAS." THERE'S A SONG ON MY ALBUM, GEORGE MICHAEL SONG ORIGINALLY "LAST CHRISTMAS." EVERY TIME I HEAR THAT SONG I'M LIKE I'M FEELING EMOTIONALLY SAD AND I GO THERE AND LET MYSELF FEEL THAT WAY. IT'S ABOUT CHRISTMAS AND ALLOWING MYSELF TO FEEL SAD AT CHRISTMAS. ONCE I HAVE THAT CRY I'M LIKE, GREAT, I FEEL AMAZING, BECAUSE YOU ALLOWED YOURSELF THAT MOMENT.

>> IT'S MY FAVORITE SONG WHEN HE WAS LIKE -- \M AND THE VERY NEXT DAY YOU GAVE IT AWAY \M

>> HOW COULD HE GIVE IT AWAY THE NEXT DAY?

>> COULDN'T HE WAIT FOR THE NEW YEAR'S OR SOMETHING?

>> WANTED THOSE SALES.

>> JUST WANTED THE GIFT.

>> RECEIPT.

>> I'M SO EXCITED TO HEAR YOUR ALBUM "MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING." IT'S AVAILABLE IN STORES. STICK AROUND. MICHAEL LONGORIA WILL PERFORM SOME OF HIS SONGS FROM THE ALBUM WHEN WE COME BACK.

>> SO EXCITED. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] YY.

>>> LIVE FROM BUILD STUDIOS SINGING SONGS FROM HIS ALBUM "MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING" GIVE IT UP FOR MICHAEL LONGORIA. \M GREETING CARDS HAVE ALL BEEN SENT THE CHRISTMAS RUSH IS THROUGH BUT I STILL HAVE ONE WISH TO MAKE A SPECIAL ONE FOR YOU \M \M MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING WE'RE APART THAT'S TRUE BUT I CAN DREAM AND IN MY DREAMS I'M CHRISTMASING WITH YOU \M \M HOLDS ARE JOYFUL THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW BUT EVERY DAY'S A HOLIDAY WHEN I'M NEAR TO YOU \M \M THE LIGHT ON MY TREE I WISH YOU COULD SEE I WISH IT EVERY DAY \M \M THE LOGS ON THE FIRE FILL ME WITH DESIRE TO SEE YOU AND TO SAY THAT I WISH YOU MERRY CHRISTMAS HAPPY NEW YEAR TOO \M \M I'VE JUST ONE WISH ON THIS CHRISTMAS EVE I WISH I WERE WITH YOU \M \M\M \M THE LOGS ON FIRE FILL ME WITH DESIRE TO SEE YOU AND TO SAY THAT I WISH YOU MERRY CHRISTMAS HAPPY NEW YEAR TOO \M \M I'VE JUST ONE WISH ON THIS CHRISTMAS EVE I WISH I WERE WITH YOU I WISH I WERE WITH YOU \M\M

>>> SO AS SNOW FALLS, CHRISTMAS HAPPENS ALL AROUND YOU WHETHER YOU WANT IT OR NOT. BEST EXAMPLE OF A LONELY ROMEO'S HEART WHILE CHRISTMAS IS JOYFUL AROUND HIM. HERE WE GO. \M THE SNOW'S COMING DOWN I'M WATCHING IT FALL FOR THE HAPPY SONG BABY PLEASE COME HOME \M \M THEY'RE SINGING DECK THE HALLS BUT IT'S NOT LIKE CHRISTMAS AT ALL CAUSE I REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE HERE AND ALL THE FUN WE HAD LAST YEAR \M \M PRETTY LIGHTS ON THE TREE I'M WATCHING THEM SHINE YOU SHOULD BE HERE WITH ME BABY PLEASE COME HOME \M \M THEY'RE SINGING DECK THE HALLS BUT IT'S NOT LIKE CHRISTMAS AT ALL CAUSE I REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE HERE AND ALL THE FUN WE HAD LAST YEAR \M \M CHRISTMAS \M \M THE SNOW'S COMING DOWN HOLD BACK THESE TEARS BUT IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY \M \M PLEASE PLEASE BABY PLEASE COME HOME \M \M CHRISTMAS \M CHRISTMAS \M \M PLEASE COME HOME \M \M BABY PLEASE COME HOME \M \M CHRISTMAS \M \M PLEASE COME HOME \M \M CHRISTMAS \M \M CHRISTMAS \M \M\M

>> ANY SANTA FANS OUT THERE? THIS NEXT SONG WAS WRITTEN TO HIM. \M SANTA TELL ME IF YOU'RE REALLY THERE DON'T LET ME FALL IN LOVE AGAIN IF YOU WON'T BE HERE THIS YEAR \M \M SANTA TELL ME IF HE REALLY CARES CAUSE I CAN'T GIVE IT AWAY IF HE WON'T BE HERE NEXT YEAR \M \M FEELING CHRISTMAS ALL AROUND AND I'M TRYING TO PLAY IT COOL BUT IT'S HARD TO FOCUS WHEN I SEE HIM WALKING ACROSS THE ROOM \M \M LET IT SNOW IS BLASTING NOW BUT I WON'T GET IN THE MOOD I'M AVOIDING EVERY MISSILETOE UNTIL I KNOW IT'S TRUE LOVE THAT HE THINKS OF SO NEXT CHRISTMAS I'M NOT ALL ALONE \M \M SANTA TELL ME IF YOU'RE REALLY THERE DON'T MAKE ME FALL IN LOVE AGAIN IF HE WON'T BE HERE NEXT YEAR SANTA TELL ME IF HE REALLY CARES CAUSE I CAN GIVE IT ALL AWAY IF HE WON'T BE HERE NEXT YEAR \M \M I'VE BEEN DOWN THIS ROAD BEFORE I FELL IN LOVE ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT BUT IN NEW YEAR'S DAY I WOKE UP AND HE WASN'T BY MY SIDE NOW I NEED SOMEONE TO HOLD BE MY FIRE IN THE COLD BUT IT'S HARD TO TELL IF THIS IS JUST A FLING OR IF IT'S TRUE LOVE THAT HE THINKS OF SO NEXT CHRISTMAS I'M NOT ALL ALONE \M \M SANTA TELL ME IF YOU'RE REALLY THERE DON'T MAKE ME FALL IN LOVE AGAIN IF HE WON'T BE HERE NEXT YEAR SANTA TELL ME IF HE REALLY CARES CAUSE I CAN GIVE IT ALL AWAY IF HE WON'T BE HERE NEXT YEAR \M \M OH, I WANNA HAVE HIM BESIDE ME LIKE OOH ON THE 25th BY THE FIREPLACE OOH BUT I DON'T WANT NO BROKEN HEART THIS YEAR I'VE GOT TO BE SMART \M \M TELL ME IF HE WON'T BE BABY \M \M SANTA TELL ME IF YOU'RE REALLY THERE ARE YOU REALLY THERE \M \M DON'T MAKE ME FALL IN LOVE AGAIN IF HE WON'T BE HERE NEXT YEAR \M \M SANTA TELL ME IF HE REALLY CARES \M \M BUT DOES HE REALLY CARE? \M \M CAUSE I CAN GIVE IT ALL AWAY IF HE WON'T BE HERE NEXT YEAR \M \M IF HE WON'T BE HERE \M \M SANTA TELL ME IF YOU'RE REALLY THERE \M \M ARE YOU REALLY THERE \M \M DON'T MAKE ME FALL IN LOVE NO NO \M \M SANTA TELL ME WILL YOU TELL ME NOW \M \M IF HE REALLY CARES \M DOES HE REALLY CARE \M \M I CAN GIVE IT ALL AWAY IF HE WON'T BE HERE NEXT YEAR \M\M THANK YOU.

>> THIS ONE IS CALLED WANT MORE SLEEP. UH-UH UH-UH \M SNOW IS FALLING ALL AROUND US MY BABY'S COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS I'VE BEEN UP ALL NIGHT INSIDE MY BEDROOM HE SAYS HE WILL BE WITH ME REAL SOON \M \M SO I WAIT AND I WAIT BUT I'VE HAD AS MUCH AS I CAN TAKE CAUSE I'VE GOT FIVE MORE NIGHTS OF SLEEPING ON MY OWN FOUR MORE DAYS UNTIL YOU'RE COMING HOME THREE MORE DREAMS OF YOU AND MISSILETOE TWO MORE REASONS WHY I LOVE YOU SO \M \M I GOT PO FIVE MORE NIGHTS UNTIL YOU'RE NEXT TO ME FOUR MORE DAYS OF FEELING LONELY THREE MORE WISHES I CAN BARELY BREATHE IF I COULD MAKE IT TILL CHRISTMAS EVE \M \M THEN IT'S ONE MORE SLEEP \M \M ONE MORE SLEEP UNTIL IT'S CHRISTMAS \M \M ONE MORE SLEEP \M \M CAN'T BELIEVE HOW MUCH I MISS US \M \M ONE MORE SLEEP \M \M ONE MORE SLEEP UNTIL IT'S CHRISTMAS \M \M ONE MORE SLEEP \M \M NOW I DON'T THINK I CAN REMEMBER A COLD AND LONELIER DECEMBER AND I FIND MYSELF STARING AT THE WINDOW WONDERING WHEN YOU'RE GONNA GET BACK HOME \M \M SO I TRY AND I TRY BUT AIN'T NOTHING I CAN DO TO PASS THIS TIME \M \M I'VE GOT FIVE MORE NIGHTS OF SLEEPING ON MY OWN FOUR MORE DAYS UNTIL YOU'RE COMING HOME THREE MORE DREAMS OF YOU AND MISSILETOE TWO MORE REASONS WHY I LOVE YOU SO \M \M I GOT FIVE MORE NIGHTS UNTIL YOU'RE NEXT TO ME FOUR MORE DAYS OF BEING LONELY THREE MORE WISHES I CAN BARRY BREATHE IF I COULD MAKE IT TILL CHRISTMAS EVE THEN IT'S ONE MORE SLEEP \M \M ONE MORE SLEEP UNTIL IT'S CHRISTMAS CAN'T BELIEVE HOW MUCH I MISS US \M \M ONE MORE SLEEP ONE MORE SLEEP UNTIL IT'S CHRISTMAS \M \M ONE MORE SLEEP \M \M WHOA \M \M UNTIL WE'RE ROCKIN' ROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE UNTIL I GOT YOU SITTING NEXT TO ME WE'VE GOT A LOT OF CATCHING UP TO DO I JUST CAN'T TAKE THIS MISSING YOU \M \M FIVE MORE NIGHTS ON MY OWN FOUR MORE DAYS THREE MORE DREAMS MISSILETOE I CAN'T BELIEVE I EVER LET YOU GO \M \M FIVE MORE NIGHTS OF SLEEPING ON MY OWN ON MY OWN FOUR MORE DAYS UNTIL YOU'RE COMING HOME UNTIL YOU'RE COMING HOME THREE MORE WISHES I CAN BARELY BREATHE TWO MORE TWO MORE \M \M HEY \M \M FIVE MORE NIGHTS TILL YOU'RE NEXT TO ME \M \M FOUR MORE DAYS \M MY BABY'S COMING HOME \M \M THREE MORE WISHES I CAN BARELY BREATHE IF I CAN MAKE IT TILL CHRISTMAS EVE \M \M IF I CAN MAKE IT, THEN IT'S ONE MORE SLEEP \M\M

>> ALL RIGHT. SO THIS NEXT SONG -- NOW IT'S CABERET STYLE. I LIKE TO CALL THE HEARTBEAT OF THIS ALBUM ONLY BECAUSE WHEN I HEARD IT, I JUST FELT THE LOVER BOY'S HOPEFUL DESPERATION THAT, YOU KNOW, TELLING HIS LOVE THAT HE'S IN LOVE WITH HIM, THIS CHRISTMAS, THIS IS THE TIME HE'S GOING TO RISK IT ALL AND TELL HIM, LET HIM KNOW. I KIND OF FELT IN LINE WITH THIS SONG WITH MY ALBUM THAT THIS CHRISTMAS I'M TAKING A RISK MYSELF AND PUTTING MYSELF OUT THERE WITH THIS MUSIC. SO THIS SONG JUST MEANT A LOT TO ME. I LIKE TO CALL AT THE HEARTBEAT OF THE ALBUM. IT'S CALLED "WRAPPED IN RED." \M EVERYBODY'S HAPPY SNOW IS FALLING DOWN PRAYERS ARE BEING ANSWERED MIRACLES ALL AROUND \M \M FROM AFAR I'VE LOVED YOU BUT NEVER LET IT SHOW AND EVERY YEAR ANOTHER DECEMBER COMES AND GOES \M \M ALWAYS WATCHING NEVER REACHING \M \M BUT THIS CHRISTMAS I'M GONNA RISK IT ALL \M \M THIS CHRISTMAS I'M NOT AFRAID TO FALL \M \M SO I'M AT YOUR DOOR WITH NOTHING MORE THAN WORDS I'VE NEVER SAID IN ALL THIS WHITE YOU'LL SEE ME LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN ME YEAH WRAPPED IN RED \M \M BLUE IS WHERE I'VE BEEN GREEN CAN'T BUY ME YOU SILVER BELLS REMIND ME THAT MISSILETOE'S FOR TWO \M \M SO I FOUND A COLOR THAT ONLY TELLS THE TRUTH THAT PAINTS A PICTURE OF HOW I FEEL FOR YOU \M \M THIS CHRISTMAS I'M GONNA RISK IT ALL \M \M THIS CHRISTMAS I'M NOT AFRAID TO FALL \M \M SO I'M AT YOUR DOOR WITH NOTHING MORE THAN WORDS I'VE NEVER SAID IN ALL THIS WHITE YOU'LL SEE ME LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN ME YEAH WRAPPED IN RED \M \M I'LL NEVER FEEL YOU IF I DON'T TELL YOU \M \M THIS CHRISTMAS I'M GONNA RISK IT ALL \M \M THIS CHRISTMAS I'M NOT AFRAID TO FALL \M \M SO I'M AT YOUR DOOR WITH NOTHING MORE THAN WORDS I'VE NEVER SAID IN ALL THIS WHITE YOU'LL SEE LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN ME YET WRAPPED IN RED \M \M WRAPPED IN RED WRAPPED IN RED \M \M WRAPPED IN RED \M \M\M

>> LOVE THAT SONG. NOW YOU SEE WHAT I MEAN. IT'S VERY, YOU KNOW, HEIGHTENED. ALL RIGHT, SO I'M GOING TO LEAVE YOU GUYS WITH THIS LAST SONG. AND IT'S CALLED MERRY ME THIS CHRISTMAS. YEAH. YESTERDAY WAS MY ONE-YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. I AYE GOT MARRIED A YEAR AGO. SOME OF YOU WERE THERE. I MET MY HUSBAND, TAYLOR, WHO ORIGINALLY I THOUGHT HIS NAME WAS TYLER WHEN I MET HIM. BUT I MET HIM ONLINE ON FACEBOOK AND WE -- I WAS IN L.A. AND WE COULDN'T SEE EACH OTHER BUT WE GOT TO KNOW EACH OTHER VIA TEXTING AND ONLINE COURTING. IN DECEMBER I HAD TO WORK ON A APARTMENT SITUATION, SO I CAME BACK TO NEW YORK TO FIGURE THAT OUT AND AS WE WERE COMING WE BOTH GOT INVITED TO THE SAME CHRISTMAS PARTY AND I THOUGHT THIS IS MY OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THE GUY AND SEE IF HE LOOKS LIKE HIS PROFILE. SO I WANTED TO -- SO I MET HIM THERE. AND AS I WAS WRITING IT, MY NEW SCHOOL DIRECTOR WROTE IT, I WANTED TO CAPTURE THAT MOMENT OF WHERE WE MET THE FIRST TIME AND THE MAGIC OF WHAT A CHRISTMAS PARTY WOULD BE LIKE AND THE MOMENT THAT YOU FINALLY REALIZE YOU COULD SEE YOUR FUTURE WITH SOMEONE. \M CHRISTMAS PARTY MEETING MY BABY THERE \M \M CHRISTMAS PARTY AND I'M RUNNING LATE MEETING YOU THERE FOR OUR FIRST DATE \M \M I'LL BE THE ONE WEARING THE CANDY CANE PIN I'LL BE THE ONE WONDERING IF THE REST OF MY LIFE WILL BE HIM \M \M THE STRING LIGHTS SET THE ROOM ALL AGLOW I SEARCH FOR YOUR EYES IN THE FACES I KNOW \M \M MAYBE I'M FOOLISH FOR SAYING I DO BUT IF YOU ASK ME TO \M \M MERRY ME MERRY ME THIS CHRISTMAS \M \M IS IT YOU IS IT YOU IS IT YOU \M \M MERRY ME THIS CHRISTMAS \M \M AND NOW I KNOW YOU'RE GONNA MERRY ME THIS CHRISTMAS \M \M THE CHOIR SINGS WE'LL WEAR OUR RINGS YOU'RE GONNA MERRY ME THIS CHRISTMAS \M \M LET'S TAKE A RIDE IN A ONE HORSE OPEN SLEIGH BE MY MIDNIGHT KISS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY \M \M CANDLES SO BRIGHT TELLING HOW YOU AND I MET WHILE HE'S GUIDING SANTA'S SLEIGH RIDE \M \M A PROMISE ON THE GLIMMERING LIGHTS DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT \M \M IS IT THE EGGNOG ROMANCING MY VIEW MISSILETOE HOLD ME AND KISS ME SO BABY I KNEW IT'S TRUE \M \M AND NOW I KNOW WITH YOU I GO YOU'RE GONNA MERRY ME THIS CHRISTMAS \M \M THE CHOIR SINGS WE'LL WEAR OUR RINGS YOU'RE GONNA MERRY ME THIS CHRISTMAS \M \M YOU'RE CLOSING IN OUR LOVE BEGINS YOU'RE CUTER THAN YOUR PROFILE PICTURE NOW I'M YOURS FOREVER MORE WHENEVER I HEAR SLEIGH BELLS RING I'LL THINK OF YOU AND THEN I'LL SING \M \M MERRY ME MERRY ME YOU'RE GONNA MERRY ME THIS CHRISTMAS \M \M AND NOW I KNOW WITH YOU I GO YOU'RE GONNA MERRY ME THIS CHRISTMAS \M \M MERRY ME MERRY ME THIS CHRISTMAS \M \M MERRY ME MERRY ME THIS CHRISTMAS \M \M MERRY ME THIS CHRISTMAS \M \M MERRY ME MERRY ME THIS CHRISTMAS \M \M MERRY ME MERRY ME THIS CHRISTMAS \M \M MERRY ME MERRY ME THIS CHRISTMAS \M \M MERRY ME THIS CHRISTMAS \M\M

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LISTENING. THANK YOU.

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