Gwen Stefani stopped by our iHeart Theater in Los Angeles to help kick-off the holiday season with an intimate performance of her Christmas album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas. The festive show featured an eclectic crew of joyous dancers and a very happy Gwen who has much to celebrate this year. The artist is recently coming off of a Las Vegas residency and has returned back to host The Voice on NBC.
During a Q&A session with Ellen K, Gwen reflected on her lifelong passion to create a Christmas album, but unsure when she'd ever have the time. If you'll recall, You Make It Feel Like Christmas was originally released in 2017.
"It was my fantasy to be Mariah Carey basically when I grew up."
While on a spiritual run, the inspiration for a Christmas tune came to the No Doubt singer.
"I was thinking about this Christmas record and if I could write a song what would it be and all of a sudden this whole chorus and lyrics came into my head."
That song eventually became Christmas Eve, a track on her Christmas album that she likens to a prayer.
"Christmas for me is a magical time of the year. To be able to be a musical part of peoples tradition and apart of their holiday and their joy in their house, with the songs that I wrote is just my fantasy."
"Writing Christmas music is just so different and has a deeper message and it's so spiritual and it's so magical."
iHeart supplied Gwen with a little treat, giving her a big red box filled with Gwen memorabilia. Ellen and the Just a Girl singer took a moment on stage to go through every item, which each holds a special place in Gwen's heart. The real tear jerker was a Sublime album, leading Gwen to reflect on her love for the late Bradley Nowell.
"Back in those days we were just in our band. We were doing it for fun and we were trying to do stuff that was different and we would get demos sent to us from local bands."
Eventually a cassette tape from Sublime hit their table and instantly they were hooked.
"Me and Tony started listening to it everyday." The two found the tape to be the best demo they'd ever heard.
"He [Bradley] was just this extremely magnetic person on this cassette. We became friends, we ended up touring together.
It's crazy to think that his life was so short and what an impact they ended up having and continue to have. I just feel grateful that I got to know him. Bradley was one of those people that you meet that has a halo around them."
Check out videos from Gwen's rocking performance below!