Danny Aiello, the Academy Award nominated actor and singer whose performances in more than 80 films have endeared him to audiences worldwide is releasing a holiday CD of traditional favorites entitled My Christmas Song for You. This is the second studio recording for the critically acclaimed entertainer who The New York Times says “has the bounce of his idols Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra and Louis Prima, and the throaty lyricism of another idol, Tony Bennett.”

My Christmas Song for You introduces some holiday classics with new flair including “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, “The Christmas Song” and “Winter Wonderland” alongside some of Danny’s favorites including “The Bells of St. Mary’s”, “Pocketful of Miracles” and “Silent Night”. The 15 song CD also includes Danny’s own personal “Night before Christmas” story and a very poignant tribute to his son Danny III who tragically lost his life to pancreatic cancer earlier this year.

Produced by Joe Geary and Danny Aiello, and mixed by Geary and Mike Ferretti, this is Aiello’s third release. He made his recording debut in 2004 with I Just Wanted to Hear the Words, a collection of traditional standards. That album charted #4 on the Billboard Traditional Jazz Chart and received high marks from critics coast to coast including the Los Angeles Times; “His voice warm and amiable, his phrasing easygoing and conversational, his singing revealed influences from his numerous idols-Bobby Darin in particular…but as with his acting, Aiello’s singing at its core was far more than an accumulation of influences. It was a pure manifestation, instead of his own rich persona, of the abundant life experience he brings to his art.”

Aiello always said he wanted the opportunity to work in the studio with talented musicians on songs he loves. And after having the opportunity to do that in 2004, he took his show and eight piece band he affectionately calls Joe Geary and the Guys on the road.

In between movie shoots (he recently wrapped Stiffs with Lesley Ann Warren) and theatre rehearsals (he has 2 plays headed towards Broadway; Capone and The Shoemaker), Aiello has traveled the country making music- including shows at the monumental Apollo Theatre, on the stage of the legendary Blue Note, at the breathtaking Rainbow Room, with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and from Atlantic City where he recorded a live album aptly title Live From Atlantic City (2008) Aiello’s, honest emotion has given him an enormous amount of respect in the stage and screen world. His no-holds-barred performances not only earned him an Academy Award Do The Right Thingnomination for his performance in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing but gave him Golden Globe nominations along with awards from the Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago Film Critics Associations. Aiello earned a Theatre World Award for his debut in Lampost Reunion and has won an Obie Award, an Emmy and many other film, television and theatre accolades.

No stranger to music, Aiello actually started out singing on street corners as a kid in the Bronx. He sang in the movie Once Around where he starred alongside Holly Hunter, and in the movie Hudson Hawk, where he and co-star Bruce Willis performed “Swinging on a Star” –a duet that has since become a youtube favorite. He has seriously fulfilled a lifelong dream, proving that at any age it’s never too late to follow your heart.

Aiello recently teamed up with producer and rapper Hassan and is back in the studio at work on his fourth album entitled Bridges, a collaboration of standards with hip hop, due for release in 2011. A remix of the single “Besame Mucho” with corresponding video has already generated close to one half million 325,000 hits.

Aiello always said he wanted the opportunity to work in the studio with talented musicians on songs he loves. And after having the opportunity to do that in 2004, he took his show and eight piece band he affectionately calls Joe Geary and the Guys on the road.

In between movie shoots, (he wrapped Stiffs with Leslie Ann Warren, Lobster Farm with Jane Curtain and The Shoemaker with Judith Light) Aiello has traveled the country making music- including shows at the monumental Apollo Theatre, on the stage of the legendary Blue Note, at the breathtaking Rainbow Room, with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and of course, live from Atlantic City.

Aiello’s, honest emotion has given him an enormous amount of respect in the stage and screen world. His no-holds-barred performances not only earned him an Academy Award nomination for his performance in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing but gave him Golden Globe nominations along with awards from the Los Angeles , Boston and Chicago Film Critics Associations. Having waited until middle age, to enter the world of acting, Aiello, who has appeared in over seventy films, dozens of plays and numerous TV roles, immediately earned a Theatre World Award for his debut in Lampost Reunion. He has won an Obie Award, an Emmy and many other film accolades.

Aiello has also teamed up with producer and rapper Hassan and is back in the studio at work on his third album entitled Bridges, a collaboration of standards with hip hop, due for release in 2009. A remix of the single “Besame Mucho” with corresponding video from the upcoming album can be seen on youtube.com or www.dannyaiello.com.