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After five years of rallying New York’s most talented singers for contributions to A Holiday Benefit, Benjamin Wagner decided that he would end the project before the interest tapered off.

The fifth installment, like it’s predecessors, features a solid mix of holiday classics and originals. There are some artists that have offered up tracks for all five editions, while others, like “American Idol” contestant Caleb Hawley, debut with the latest, and last compilation. After listening to any of the tracks, you’ll soon realize that this isn’t your typical holiday album. The songs rock, but more importantly, so does the cause that they benefit.

Proceeds from A Holiday Benefit are donated to 826NYC, the local chapter of 826 National, a nonprofit organization that assists students ages six to eighteen with their creative writing skills. Last year the organization’s tutoring centers — also located in Ann Arbor, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC — served over 29,000 students.

For the week before Christmas only, snag all five of the compilations for only $25! Use this link, or you can buy everything a la carte through iTunes (but you’ll pay more).

Singer/songwriter Benjamin Wagner checked in to “The Ralphie Radio Show” to chat about A Holiday Benefit Vol. 4, an annual holiday music compilation which benefits 826NYC, the local chapter of a national, nonprofit organization that supports kids ages 6 to 18 with their creative writing skills. The 13 track album features both originals and covers of holiday songs.

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Part 1: The story behind the compilation

Part 2: The cover of “Christmas All Over Again”

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Singer/songwriter Benjamin Wagner checked in to The RRS to chat about “A Holiday Benefit, Vol. 3” – a compilation of seasonal songs that is sold with proceeds benefiting 826, a nonprofit tutoring, writing, and publishing organization with locations in seven cities across the country.

Check out 826 National here.
Purchase A Holiday Benefit, Vol. 3
The video for the compilation single, a cover of “Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You” is below:

12.03.08 : A Holiday Benefit, Vol. II – Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)
Ralphie speaks with Singer/Songwriter Benjamin Wagner, who conceived the “A Holiday Benefit” series

Purchase the album on iTunes. All proceeds benefit 826NYC.