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Home Features Inside the Bubble Days of our Lives’ Jen Lilley ~ a Christmas CD and a movie, too! Ho! Ho! Ho!

Days of our Lives’ Jen Lilley ~ a Christmas CD and a movie, too! Ho! Ho! Ho!


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Jen Lilley sharing the joy of the holiday season with Tinsel TownJen Lilley, (Theresa, Days of our Lives) dreamt about doing a Christmas album since she was a child, and this year, her dream becomes reality with her new CD, Tinsel Town! Not only is the CD available now, Christmas 2015 is guaranteed to be doubly rosy and bright for her, because she will also light up the screen in the Lifetime holiday film, The Spirit of Christmas.

"I'm all over," she said with a laugh. "In addition to playing Theresa, I have been busy. I have many goals and that is to accomplish a lot in this business. I also have about 15 careers in mind that I want to fulfill someday. I'm busy and want to be in everything," she said. But Days of our Lives fans fear not. "My first love is playing Theresa with all my heart," Lilley shared.

Lilley's Tinsel Time CD has recently been released and contains a beautiful collection of Christmas songs — some old favorites and some that are newly penned. All are upbeat and without a doubt, guaranteed to give your holiday a lift.

"As a kid I always wanted this. I'm always singing. I love Christmas music, and before I got into this career as an actress, I always knew I wanted an album. I was always a little song bird — singing every where I go."

Lilley got together with a publicist friend and told him of her ideas. She then was in touch with producer and two-time Grammy winner, Rob Christie, after recording a Christmas track with Eric Martsolf (Brady, Days of our Lives) last year.

"I knew nothing. Rob did it all. He remembered me from the song last year and said I should record and come back," Lilley said. "I took him up on his offer and Tinsel Time was born. I have to say I'm thrilled."

Jen Lilley (Theresa, Days of our Lives) Christmas CD, Tinsel Time

Lilley was able to pick her own songs and she gathered together veteran musicians like Gregg Field and Chuck Burghofer, who worked with Frank Sinatra. She also teamed with pianist Tom Rainier, who was the piano man to Tony Bennett and Barbara Streisand.

"I have the best (musicians) and am so blessed," Lilley said. "These are musicians whose talent level is beyond belief." Not to mention the fact that Lilley herself graces the CD playing a little ukulele on Santa Baby.

There are a total of eight tracks on the CD including Baby It's Cold Outside, the duet with Eric Martsolf (Brady, Days of our Lives), a terrific rendition of Santa Baby, and a jazzed up version of Frank Sinatra's Jingle Bells.

Lilley said that anyone purchasing Tinsel Time from her website, www.jenlilley.com will receive an autographed CD and a personal Christmas card from her. How cool is that!

The CD's title tune and first single, Tinsel Time, was co-written by Donald Benjamin and Kevin J. Regan. Benjamin, a longtime friend and fan of Soapdom, shared his initial inspiration for the song. "I just wanted to write a more traditional, happy Christmas tune. I don't care for the modern stuff." He wrote the music and the lyrics to the first verse. "Kevin did the rest, and Rob Christie put it all together." But he feels that what really makes the song is Lilley. "I love her. She's got a fantastic voice."

From CD's to television movies!

On Saturday, December 19th (8/7c),  Lifetime will air the movie, The Spirit of Christmas, where Lilley plays Boston attorney, Kate Jordan, a high-strung, high-powered woman that only cares about getting ahead in the world, and puts career first.

"I read the script, I auditioned, and I knew I wanted this part," Lilley said "I also have a fond love for this role because there was a time I wanted to be an attorney."

The story centers around Kate Jordan, who is offered a promotion if she can do an appraisal of a Vermont bed and breakfast during the holidays and is given only three weeks to complete the assignment.

The glitch is the establishment is haunted, and any of the previous male appraisers ran for the hills upon finding out. Being strong willed and not a believer in ghosts, Lilley's character tackles the mission, but as one can imagine, she will come face to face with a man who was murdered on the property 100 years ago.

Jen Lilley, Thomas Beaudoin in The Spirit of Christmas

The ghost (Daniel) played by French-Canadian actor, Thomas Beaudoin, is shall we say, too much to handle for Attorney Jordan and love will soon blossom.

But now, there's a second big wrinkle to this tale. The spirit only comes back once a year and only during the twelve days of Christmas.

"Would you believe it?" Lilley said laughing. "I love this film, and promise a lot of twists and intrigue with mystery. It will be fun to watch. When it airs I will be watching like every one else with my popcorn. It is weird to watch myself, and I hope my real-life husband, understands," she said with a giggle. "I also want to say what an honor it was to work with Thomas Beaudoin. He is a big star in Canada and in France."

Lilley said that doing the film was a breather away from Days of our Lives. "Doing a film is so different and the entire film was shot in a few weeks," she revealed.

Shot on location last year in Boston, Lilley endured five major blizzards during production — a far cry from the temperate temps of LA, the land of sunshine and palm trees.

"Oh my, I must say that the walls of the snow were taller than me, but I survived. Again...I'm so happy to have been a part of this film and hope that without a doubt, it will become a regular every year Holiday classic."

Purchase CD jenlilley.com

Also available through iTunes, Amazon, or where digital music is sold

Connect with Lilley on Twitter:  @jen_lilley

Check out the official video for Tinsel Time...

 

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