How ‘Queen of Christmas’ Elizabeth Chan swapped a marketing job for holiday pop stardom
“This dream of mine to write Christmas music was something that I literally had in my spirit and in my heart, since I was a child,” Elizabeth Chan, a songwriter known for her catalog of Christmas music, tells Yahoo Life. “Even when I think about it now, I tear up because it’s just something that was always part of who I was. When I was a child, I would say how much I wanted to write Christmas music or how much I loved Christmas music. It was cute. And when I got older, it started to be like, what are you talking about? It never left, this idea that I could write Christmas music, this need to write Christmas music — it never left my spirit or my soul. And it was always something that was in my heart.”
Chan may be the reigning queen of Christmas music now, but it was quite the road to get there. Though the musician boasts multiple Christmas albums and holiday tunes that have appeared across movies, TV and commercials, she tells Yahoo Life that her life was once “just like everybody else’s.”
“I had a regular job,” the former marketing executive explains. “I had a boss. I had a 9 to 5. I reported to an office. I worked really diligently. I was the first one in the office, I was the last to leave sometimes. I would eat all of my meals in the office. I would brush my teeth, go to bed, and do it all over again.”
As a child of immigrant parents, she was told that the markers of success — such as financial stability and raising a family — couldn’t come with a musician’s lifestyle. Trusting her parents knew what was best, Chan plugged away at her corporate career. Then, in 2011, something shifted: Chan’s stressful lifestyle led to heart issues and shingles, and she wondered if this was all life had to offer.
“I had this epiphany where I realized I had spent all these years, rinse and repeat, doing the same thing,” she says. “I felt like something was missing.”
“This dream of mine to write Christmas music was something that I literally had in my spirit and in my heart, since I was a child,” Elizabeth Chan, a songwriter known for her catalog of Christmas music, tells Yahoo Life. “Even when I think about it now, I tear up because it’s just something that…