Below is an audio clip of "The Christmas Song," made by my wife on her iPhone (that's her above taken on our family vacation to Ireland earlier this year), using her iPhone's built-in Recorder App (which is normally used for making voice memos), but how it came to be is what makes it special (and it's why I asked my wife if I could run this on my blog today).

Here's the story behind it, which I copied and pasted  from an email my wife sent to one of her friends. Here it is in her own words:

Our daughter Kira was 3-1/2 year old  at the time and she used to constantly play with the voice recorder App on my iPhone. I was in my bathroom blow drying my hair the other day (singing/humming that song) when she came in playing around with that recorder App on the phone. She likes it when I sing "The Christmas Song" so she asked me to sing it into the phone. So I did. The phone did a pretty decent job with the recording so I thought I would send it to Scott's brother Jeff (because he's always after me to sing him Christmas songs) and then as I was about to send it I thought: "Well, mom might like to have it, and so and so might like it" and then it became my Christmas card!

It took quite a bit of convincing to get my wife to let me run this on the blog a few years back, and again today (especially since she was just goofing with my daughter when she did it, plus it was recorded in just one take, into an iPhone no less, and not done in a professional recording studio), but I think the spirit of Christmas got the best of her, and she finally said yes.

I hope you enjoy listening to it, and that it brings a little Christmas Eve spirit your way. (click this link to hear the song).

Merry Christmas everybody! :-)

About The Author

Scott is a Photographer, bestselling Author, Host of "The Grid" weekly photography show; Editor of Photoshop User magazine; Lightroom Guy; CEO; struggling guitarist. Loves Classic Rock and his arch-enemy is Cilantro. Devoted husband, dad to two super awesome kids, and pro-level babysitter to two crazy doggos.


  1. Link pulls up a blank page for me.

  2. Merry Christmas to your family and you Scott.

  3. Wow, try a studio and you’ll have a new career!

  4. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Scott.

  5. 1) Beautiful photo of your wife!!!! 2) She definately has a talent but i knew that from PSW and Big Electric Cat!!! 3) Merry Christmas to you and your family and everyone who reads this :)

  6. Simply beautiful!
    Merry Christmas to you Scott and your family
    Manny Blessings

  7. Absolutely beautiful!! Merry Christmas to you and your family Scott.

  8. That was absolutely beautiful! It was perfect!

  9. Merry Christmas Scott, Kalebra and family!

  10. That’s beautiful! Hope everyone has a safe and Merry Christmas!!!

  11. Thanks for “offering us this simple praise”. This is what I love about you guys. I’m going to hit every follow button on this page now!

  12. Thanks for “offering us this simple praise”. This is what I love about you guys. I’m going to hit every follow button on this page now!

  13. Well remembering it from a few years ago. Wonderful start to my Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas! =)

  14. Wunderbar…super. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the Kelby Family.

  15. Anon, open the link in quicktimeplayer and it will play for you.

  16. What a wonderful thing to read and hear on Christmas eve. Many thanks, not only for this, but for the joy you bring throughout the year. Have a great Christmas.

  17. Scott – Thanks for posting this. It is absolutely beautiful. Kalebra- Thanks for recording this. You have a beautiful voice and wonderful style. Merry Christmas to your entire family.

  18. OMG…That is stunning!!!
    Happy Christmas to you all :)

  19. Absolutely wonderful! Kalebra has a remarkable voice, Scott. Merry Christmas, my friends!

  20. Wow, what a wonderful voice! Thank you for sharing. Have a most Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  21. Scott, I remember the original post well! So nice of Kalebra to let you share it with us again.

    Merry Christmas to you, Kalebra, your kids, and Maggie, the Wonder Dog, too! I hope it’s the best Christmas yet.


  22. Merry Christmas to you and your family and thank your wife for sharing that lovely voice.

  23. Scott,your wife has a beautiful voice .

  24. Who needs a professional studio!!!

  25. That’s great!!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  26. WOW!!!!! To me, no more rare talent than being able to sing. Fantastic!!
    Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas to all!

  27. Oh Wow! Thanks to your Wife and thank you for sharing it with us! What a gorgeous voice! Merry Christmas to you Scott and your Family!!! You have Blessed us all over and over again! Enjoy your time off and especially enjoy the time with your Family!

    Merry Christmas!!


  28. It is always a Joy to here Kalebra sing Scott

  29. That turned out much better than you even described it! Happy holidays to your family and thanks for sharing :)

  30. Merry XMAS Scott and to all the Kelby staff!!!

  31. You should save and market a garageband plug-in and call it ‘bathroom reverb’! The acoustics were great! :-)

    Have a Merry Christmas!

  32. Probably one of the best (if not the best) performance of this classic. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Sounds great! She has a beautiful voice! Merry Christmas and thanks for all you do for the photography world!

  34. I remember this, Scott. Thanks for re-broadcasting.

  35. Merry Christmas Scott and Kalebra and family. Beautifully done and I am so happy you shared that with us :-). Cheers, M.

  36. Great song and voice! Wish you a blessed Christmas in His presence.

  37. Here’s to sexy women singing Christmas songs!!

  38. Beautiful, Merry Christmas to one of my favorite families!

  39. Please thank Kalebra for sharing that. Quite amazing that it’s just an iPhone voice memo. She’s taken away my last excuse for not sounding any good when I record myself with my iPhone!!

  40. Someone is very lucky to be married to such a beautirul and clever lady…

  41. My goodness! What a voice! Truly amazing! Thanks so much for sharing, Scott. I hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Christmas today.

  42. I have to say Awesome. Thanks for sharing with us.

  43. I don’t hear Christmas songs anymore where I live. This made me homesick, thank you for sharing! Beautifully sung :-)

  44. Just Lovely, Kalebra! And one of my all-time faves too.

  45. Add your guitar accompaniment low in the background and gift it for a nominal fee around Christmas 2013 and your Spring of Hope Orphanage will raise a phenomenal amount. Its a Win Win situation waiting to be released.

  46. Perfect pitch, perfect gift! Thank you for sharing it!

  47. What a beautiful voice. I’m sure your daughter will cherish those precious memories.

  48. Simply Beautiful!

    Thank you for sharing!

  49. Absolutely stunning!! Such a talented lady :)

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