Von Essen's recording of "Just in Time for Christmas," the David Friedman-David Zippel holiday anthem written for and originally recorded by the late Nancy LaMott, is now available by visiting iTunes.
In a statement von Essen said, "'Just in Time for Christmas' is a holiday song I've enjoyed singing at various concerts and benefits over the years and I suddenly thought what a thrill it would be to finally record it and share it with my fans, friends and family. It's a song of hope and about finding someone who lifts your spirits, so it only seemed fitting that every dollar in sales should go to one of my favorite charities, The Trevor Project, an organization truly based on hope. They provide an outlet for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in crisis or contemplating suicide. Growing up is difficult enough for these children and in today's climate of intense bullying, it can be terrifying. I can think of no better way to give back right now than to lend my voice to such a wonderful cause. And I'm so lucky to have wonderful friends like Mike Croiter at Yellow Sound Lab and photographer Leon Le, who both donated 100% of their services to help get this done, ensuring that every dollar from sales would go to The Trevor Project. I'm so thankful and I hope everyone enjoys it."
"Just in Time for Christmas" features vocals by von Essen, lyrics by David Zippel, music by David Friedman, instrumental track and arrangement by Colin Freeman; it was recorded and mixed by Michael Croiter at Yellow Sound Lab with photo/artwork by Leon Le.
Max von Essen has been seen on Broadway in Les Misérables (revival and original closing company), Dance of the Vampires and Jesus Christ Superstar, and he recently toured the country as Sonny Malone in Xanadu.
For more information visit www.MaxvonEssen.com or www.TheTrevorProject.org.