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Melissa Kucirek

....In Bradley Gillis‘ charming “Santa Claus is Rockin'” single, the listener is not only reminded of a special, nostalgic time of year, but a song that has a rich, multi-genre music bed. What I liked most about this track is that this Dublin-based singer/songwriter has such a warm, happy delivery. His song would fit nicely nestled alongside any collection containing Manheim Steamroller, the great Burt Ives, the iconic Bing Crosby, Wham’s “Last Christmas” and another jolly hit, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by Band Aid.


One other aspect of this song that makes it stand out is that it gets stuck in your head after just one listen. It stays with you, much like any Christmas or holiday staple. Gillis gifts this track like a favorite toy, or long-awaited family member arrival.


Such a fun song and I couldn’t help but feel a bit sad that it’s pigeoned-holed into a seasonal piece. It’s a great song that deserves year-round love. The stirring strings, the hop-along- keys, and the easy-going vocals all make for a solid memory.

Source: (19/10/15)


WATCH: Santa Claus Is Rockin' for Barnardos

The Hot Press Newsdesk

The Christmas single is the brainchild of two Limerick brothers. 'Tis the season to release charity singles and brothers Glen and Simon Shire (who hail from Lisnagry, Co Limerick) have just unveiled their sterling contribution. Aiming to raise funds for Barnardos – who concern themselves with the well-being of children – Glen penned the number and Simon acted as executive producer in Dublin's Windmill Lane studios.

Thanks to their Windmill connections, the pair enlisted an elite group of musicians and producers for the project, including people who have worked with everyone from Imelda May and The Corrs to Jerry Lee Lewis and Van Morrison.

The high quality craft is clear for all to hear on 'Santa Claus Is Rockin'', with New Yorker Bradley Gillis on vocals.

Source: (28/11/12)


The Miews: Bradley Gillis – Santa Claus is Rockin’ (Music Review) RATING: 8.5/10

Shaine Freeman

On November 4, 2015, New York singer, Bradley Gillis will release his holiday single, Santa Claus Is Rockin’ that was written by Irish songwriter, Glen Shire. This is a very festive and upbeat tune that reminds me of a modernized edition of Gene Autry’s old Christmas classic, “Here Comes Santa Claus”; just not as fast. The song was produced by Simon Shire in Dublin, Ireland at Windmill Lane Studios, and includes the vocal talents of Piccolo Lasso‘s 18-piece children’s choir, a live orchestral section, and Irish musicians who have worked with U2, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Jerry Lee Lewis to name a few.


I love this kind of music because it really does cheer you up, and brings out the pleasant side in almost everyone who hears it. Bradley’s voice is very clean, the lyrics are great, and the music is very well composed on this yuletide rock jam. This is one of those songs you throw on in early November to get yourself in the mood for some gift buying, eggnog, and seasonal decorating. There’s really not a whole lot more you can say about a Christmas song like Santa Claus Is Rockin’ except, buy it to kick off your 2015 holiday season and have a rocking good time singing along.


Source: (10/16-15)


Neufutur Magazine: Bradley Gillis – Santa Claus is Rockin’ Single Review, RATING: 8.5/10

James McQuiston

Sleigh bells immediately identify that this song will deal with Christmas material, but what Dublin, Ireland’s Bradley Gillis does with Santa Claus is Rockin’ is create a wholly new Christmas track. There are nods to the previous corpus of Christmas songs, but what listeners will hear with Santa Claus is Rockin’ is a fully-formed rock track that has a good amount of meat on its bones. This means that there are saxophones, trumpets, piano, drums, bass, a full strings section, and even a children’s choir that all make their grand appearance on Santa Claus is Rockin’ over the course of three minutes. While the time that each part is present in the song is limited, the removal of any of these would be a vital blow – everything has its place in Santa Claus is Rockin’.


The density of this track means that it can be played often without having the same sort of fatigue that typically occurs with seasonal music during the middle of December. Everything in this single feels honest and heartfelt, and I believe that each constituent performer has given it their all with this single.


Bradley Gillis’ Santa Claus is Rockin’ is an effort that will continue to gain accolades as more hear it, but I want to hear more music from this performer. The sheer ability of Gillis to come forth and have such a disparate sounds of styles and influences in this single showcases a mind for music that is simply unparalleled with current performers. Watch the video, add Bradley Gillis’ Facebook and add Santa Claus is Rockin’ to your playlist of holiday songs. This effort is enough to instill some holiday cheer into even the most miserly of listeners.

Source: (16/10/15)