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It wouldn't be a cat-tastic holiday season without a new song from the "Jingle Cats: the Kittens," who first meowed their way onto the music scene in 1992 with the "Jingle Bells" medley on a cassette. This year Mike Spalla's Jingle Cats are back to celebrate another holiday season with a new music video.
Spalla, who first conducted the Jingle Cats to fame back in 1992, has created a new music video with a cat version of the popular Feliz Navidad.
Mike Spalla, creator of CREATOR OF "Jingle Cats", said, "Well, this year the Jingle Cats are singing one of the greatest songs of all time, 'Feliz Navidad,' and it's the Jingle Cats singing with the Jingle Dogs. And, it's really interesting because the cats are singing some of the the musical instruments parts and the dogs are also doing that and then the lead parts are sung by the cats and the dogs. But it really sounds great."
He's also releasing 100 songs on Google Music, including a few that have never been released.
The cats, along with their record label mates the Jingle Dogs, and the now retired Jingle Babies, have become a bit of an international phenomenon.
Their songs have been featured in several major films. According to Spalla, they've also sold more than 2 million albums worldwide.
Mike Spalla said, "The hardest thing with shooting video of cats or film of cats is that you sit the cat down in the place and then they run away. And I have a lot of hours of that type of footage. And, occasionally, a cat will, for some reason, stay in place and then even on more rare occasions, the cat will actually meow at you. So, it takes a lot of patience and you have to have a special cat that will actually do that."
The Los Angeles-based sound engineer has also made a deal with Hallmark for the cats and dogs to cover "Happy Birthday" on more than 500,000 greeting cards, which have sold successfully. Spalla hopes that next year the furry adventure, "Jingle Cats 3D," which he began filming last year, will be ready for a Christmas release. The creative musician is working with a team of cameramen and 3D cameras, which have been provided by Panasonic, for the film.