Saucy video version of Christmas classic proves online hit for Sarratt musician (From Watford Observer)
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Festive fun version of classic proves a cheeky Christmas hit
An aspiring Sarratt musician has become an online hit after recording a saucy Christmas music video.
Emily Brothers, who goes by the name Empop, recorded her version of the Christmas classic Santa Baby, which was made famous in 1953 by Eartha Kitt, in hers and her parents’ homes in the village.
The song has since been covered by dozens of artists over the years and Emily says the opportunity to perform a cheeky version gave it an edge over her second choice of All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey.
She says the video was recorded by her boyfriend Angus and she edited it at home after teaching herself to use the software before uploading it on Thursday (December 6).
"Because Santa Baby can be quite cheeky it is a fun Christmas song to perform," she said.
"Santa Baby is also a bit easier to sing than All I Want For Christmas is You and it suits my voice more too.
"We planned out each line in advance and decided what funny thing I would be doing, then on the day we came up with more.
"I have been writing songs for years and if this video can encourage a few more people to listen to them, that’s great."
Emily, who has been writing songs since she was 14, likens herself to Lily Allen and Kate Bush in vocal style and enjoys listening to 1960s female vocalists such as Joni Mitchell.
She says she is hoping the festive YouTube track can become an online sensation following in the footsteps of South Korean artist Psy’s hit song Gangnam Style.
Since going online the video has been viewed more than 200 times although still sits some way behind the South Korean’s effort which has been viewed close to a billion times.
She said: "I recently recorded my first album and put it online but I wanted to do something to draw attention to my pages.
"I wanted to do a fun video and it went really well, I am so pleased with how people have reacted to it.
"This is my first proper video, my boyfriend was holding the camera and I taught myself to edit the footage. He loves the finished video."
Emily runs the Sound Cube in The Parade, Watford, where other budding young artists can have the opportunity to record their own tracks.