A Very Darren Crissmas
Since bursting onto the pop-culture landscape over a decade ago, Darren Criss has embodied the kind of kaleidoscopic musicality that’s entirely uninhibited by form or genre. On A Very Darren Crissmas—his first-ever full-length project—the multi-award-winning singer/songwriter/actor brings his radiant imagination and encyclopedic musical knowledge to a wildly eclectic collection of songs: big-band standards and novelty tunes, mid-century musical numbers and modern-day folk-pop ballads. Also featuring an original track, “Drunk on Christmas” featuring country chart-topper Lainey Wilson, Criss showcases his effortless ingenuity as a songwriter, the result is an essential new entry into the holiday-music canon, both thrillingly unpredictable and touched with a timeless sense of Christmas magic. Made with Ron Fair, multi-Grammy® nominee and producer of numerous GRAMMY-winning hits, A Very Darren Crissmasalso features special guest appearances by Adam Lambertand Evan Rachel Wood.A Very Darren Crissmas is only the latest evidence of Criss’ singular gifts as a song interpreter. In 2010, Criss brought those talents to the masses by joining the cast of FOX’s massively successful musical series Glee, eventuallylanding a 2015 Emmy nomination for Best Original Music and Lyrics for his work in writing “This Time” (a chart-climbing track that appeared on Glee’s series finale). In 2017, his EP Homeworkdebuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album chart; that same year, he joined his brother Chuck in releasing the debut project from their indie-pop band Computer Games. An acclaimed actor whose credits include the titular role of Hedwig and the Angry Inchon Broadway, Criss starred as serial killer Andrew Cunanan in Ryan Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story in 2018, a widely celebrated turn that earned him a Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critics’ Choice Award. Through the years he’s also written songs for the comedy musical Royalties, co-wrote “Starting Now” for Disney and performed by Brandy, headlined the iHeartRadio Music Festival with Steve Aoki, and in August 2021 delivered his EP Masquerade, a collection he describes as character-driven singles.