Friday, December 10, 2010
"Imagine" is generally played over the loudspeaker minutes before the clock strikes 12, but on December 31, Cruz will be the first artist ever to cover it live!
"I tried not to mess with it too much because it's such a classic song and so many people love it," Cruz told Poison Ivy, of the recording, which will hit iTunes on New Year's Day, with proceeds benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters.
"I didn't want to make a dance version or a crazy uptempo remix-sounding thing that people would absolutely kill me for," Cruz added.
"I've kept it quite organic. It's got live piano, at present it's got live strings... I haven't finished mixing it yet."
"Yesterday I felt cool. Today I'm feeling the pressure cause I didn't know that it had never ever been performed live," Cruz said, of his nerves before performing in front of one million people in Times Square and almost one billion internationally.
"It's slightly daunting."
"This is my first New Years in New York," Cruz added.
"Last New Year's I was cuddling my girlfriend. I'm not with her now. That sucks."
Giuliana and Bill Rancic will also be spearheading some of the NIVEA NYE festivities, said Ellen Finn, Director of Media for NIVEA'S parent company Beiersdorf, Inc.
We can't wait!