Fans who visit Prudential Center all know and love Arlette Roxburgh who has sung the National Anthem at Devils games for years. Fans love to cheer her on prior to puck drop and she loves any chance she gets to hang out with them, and better yet, sing for them.
Well Devils fans, Arlette chatted with us this week and she has some exciting news. She just released a holiday album, titled Happy Holidays from Arlette, and it's available now on her website!
"I have to say it's something that I've always wanted to do," Arlette said about what inspired the album. "It's my favorite time of year, in fact the opening track is It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! The music is nostalgic, it's timeless, and it's classic. I've done different things, but I've never really done a holiday album. At some point, you just kind of say what are you waiting for? And I guess this year, in many ways, is my 'what are you waiting for' year, so that's what this album came out of."
Arlette worked with Nico Di Battista on the album, who is a musician and producer that lives in Italy throughout the year, and who is someone she had always wanted to work with. She called him at the end of the summer and asked if he'd create the album with her.
"We're very in tune and have very similar styles as to what we like," Arlette explained. "He was in his studio in Italy and I was at my studio in Staten Island. He would be producing the music over there and send it to me and I'd do my vocals over here and I'd send it back and that's how we put it together. It was an interesting way to do things, it just kind of shows how things are done now in this new world that we live in."
And what can fans expect the music on the album to sound like?
"It's very acoustic," she explained. "It's sort of jazzy, kind of cross over jazz, but very acoustic, so it's something different. Even the Ave Maria, which is a classical song, was very acoustic based, as well as Hallelujah. So that's the vibe of the album."
The album consists of 10 songs, nine of which are holiday songs. There is one original song on the album. It is not a holiday-themed song, however, it was Arlette's son's idea to include the original track, and she said, why not?
"It was so weird," Arlette explained. "My son, who's 8 years old, when we were hanging out said 'Mom you should put one of your original songs on the album'. So, I just put it on there. It's not a Christmas song per say, but it is an original song of mine, it's called Free."
Listeners can also expect one duet on the album, where Arlette sings Baby It's Cold Outside with Andrea Balducci. Arlette said she thought of him instantly, as they had previously worked together, when it came to finding a singer for the track. She said the Italian has a Michael Bublé-style voice, which fit the style perfectly.
As far as her favorite songs on the album?
"Oh wow, that's tricky," the singer said. "I would have to say Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. I put that one in because to me, that's just one of the greatest songs of all time. And I really like the Ave Maria. It's more classical and just a different kind of style. Those are my two favorite tracks."
Of course, we had to ask what her most memorable moment has been so far in being a part of the Devils family, and her answer did not disappoint.
"My coolest moment was when they won the Stanley Cup at home in 2003," she said. "When we won, I was down on the ice celebrating with all of the players. I remember running and hugging Martin Brodeur and I remember Patrik Elias screaming 'Arlette you're our good luck charm'! It was a super exciting moment for me."
"I am super grateful for all of the love that the Devils fans have shown to me through the years and continue to show me," Arlette said. "I'm so super grateful for that because they do show me a lot of love and a lot of respect and I really appreciate that."
Devils fans can catch Arlette at the next home game on December 14 when the Devils host the Las Vegas Golden Knights at 7PM at Prudential Center. Arlette will also be singing some of the songs off her album on the main concourse that night. Her holiday CD will be available for purchase that evening where fans will be able to have their purchased copy autographed, as well.
To purchase tickets to the Devils game that night, visit newjerseydevils.com/tickets. To follow Arlette onTwitter and Instagram, you can find her at @singarlettesing. Fans can also download her album and keep up-to-date with Arlette's music at singarlettesing.com.