Christmas With You is a Netflix original holiday movie that stars Aimee Garcia (who plays Ella in another hit Netflix series, Lucifer) and Freddie Prinze, Jr (one of Hollywoods beloved actors who starred in classics like She’s All That, Scooby-Doo, and I Know What You Did Last Summer).
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Garcia pays Angelina, an internationally-renowned Latina pop star who is struggling to find inspiration and stay relevant amidst a very competitive music industry. With more younger singers joining the mix, Angelina finds herself in a rut, learning she has to write a hit Christmas song or her record label will drop her.
Enter Cristina (played by Deja Monique Cruz), Angelina’s young fan who posts a short cover of one of Angelina’s songs that hold a special place in her heart. Cristina’s father, Miguel, is a widower and a music teacher in the local high school. He is a closet composer, writing music on his spare time but never sharing it with the world.
After a disappointing day, Angelina decides to make Cristina’s come true by visiting her in her high school. One thing led to another, and Angelina and her manager, Monique (played by Zenzi Williams) found themselves in Miguel and Cristina’s home, where they spent a couple of nights because of a snowstorm.
Angelina finds Miguel’s songs which spark a musical collaboration, and a love connection, that changes their destinies forever.
Does Aimee Garcia Sing?
Yes! Aimee Garcia does sing.
She first shared her singing chops with her fans in the Netflix series Lucifer.
The show is about the devil himself, Lucifer Morningstar, who goes on adventures here on Earth, making friends, solving crimes, and falling in love with Detective Chloe Decker.
Garcia plays Ella Lopez, a forensic scientist for the Los Angeles Police Department. During its fifth season, the series finally plugged the karaoke machine and released a musical episode.
Is Aimee Garcia Really Singing in Christmas With You?
Though we find it hard to believe, Garcia is actually not a trained singer. In an interview with Pop Sugar, she mentioned how she got the part:
Netflix had offered me this role in 'Christmas With You' because of the musical episode on 'Lucifer,' but I barely sang and danced [for that]. And [I] may or may not have taken a shot of tequila in the sound booth. I cannot confirm nor deny.
I only had three days to learn all the songs . . . so when they said, 'You're going to play a professional singer with multiple Grammys and platinum records worldwide,' I had a minor panic attack.
Garcia even shares how terrified she was of the expectation
'What kind of voice are you guys thinking?' And they're like, 'Oh, you know, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson.' 'Oh, so the best singers of our generation?' I said, 'Not gonna happen in three days.
What are the Songs in Christmas With You?
There are 10 songs in Christmas With You, with Aimee Garcia performing three out of the ten.
Here are the songs in the film;
- “Sweet and Spicy” performed by Aimee Garcia
- “Luna Rumbera” by Juan Jose Covarrubias & Janelly Del Carmen Russe
- “A Christmas Thing” performed by Deja Monique Cruz
- “Born With It” by Cheyenne J. Melton & Tomas Ramirez Altamirano
- “La Gata” by X-Ray Dog Music
- “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” (Instrumental) by Arthur Warrell
- “Christmas Without You” performed by Aimee Garcia
- “Make It Feel Like Christmas” by Simon Tellier & Victoria Hills
- “A Christmas Thing (Aka Quince Ballad)” by Aimee Garcia
- “Feliz Navidad Mi Amor” by Jasmine Lopez