UNION, NJ – A holiday music video, filmed in Union and starring a 10-year-old Union boy, showcases the beauty of childhood, holiday traditions and different cultures.
Mark Womack and R& singer RKHTY (pronounced Ruh-Keti) recorded ‘My Santa’ in 2018 as a “celebration of Mark’s curiosity and desire to find out more about Santa.” The video is filmed at Womack’s home and around his neighborhood and school, Washington School. Womack currently attends Jefferson School.
According to his mother, the year prior to releasing the song, Womack sneaked downstairs on Christmas Eve and discovered a man who looked just like his dad placing gifts under the family Christmas tree. “He didn’t look anything like the Santa whose lap I sat on and took pictures with me for as long as I could remember,” he said. “He didn’t look like Santa in the Christmas books I read or who I was told would put all the gifts under the tree.”
Womack’s mom, Colette Yorrick-Womack said, “this was the moment we let him know that Santa was a representation of Christmas and can look like him.” She said the following season she reached out to RKHTY, a budding R&B singer who she grew up with in Brooklyn. She told RKHTY that she wanted to work with her to create a song “for Mark to express himself and this coming of age moment through music.” Yorrick-Womack and RKHTY collaborated and RKHTY went to work writing ‘My Santa’, inspired by 70s holidays songs such as ‘Santa Claus is a Black Man’ and ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’ by the Jackson 5. At seven years old, Womack went into a recording studio in Queens, New York, to record ‘My Santa’ with RKHTY and producer V-NOTES.
Yorrick-Womack said the song’s premise is three-fold. She said moms and dads are the true unsung heroes of Christmas. “So much that we go through to give our kids the best holiday memories is subtly acknowledged in the song,” she said. “No matter what race or ethnicity you are, having everyday characters who look like us give us a sense of inclusion”. She added the song represents the perfect time to show older children, who may be at the phase of questioning if Santa is real, that “Santa can be whoever or whatever you are”.
‘My Santa’ by RKHTY and Womack is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music and all other streaming services.