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Telly Leung Releases Holiday Single "All I Want for Christmas Is You"

Proceeds from the recording will benefit Artists Striving to End Poverty.

Telly Leung has released a new Christmas song to benefit ASTEP.
(© David Gordon)

Telly Leung, currently starring in the title role in Disney's Aladdin on Broadway, has announced the release a new digital single, an updated version of the holiday classic "All I Want for Christmas Is You" from Yellow Sound Label that will benefit Artists Striving to End Poverty. The song, arranged by Lynne Shankel, is available on iTunes and Amazon, as well as all streaming platforms.

ASTEP was conceived by Broadway musical director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Juilliard students to transform the lives of underserved youth using the most powerful tool they had — their art. Today, ASTEP delivers after-school workshops and summer camps for young people affected by refugee and unaccompanied-minor status, the justice system, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and systemic poverty.

"ASTEP connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth," said Leung in a statement, "to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty. We wanted to spread some holiday cheer while raising money and awareness for this fantastic organization. All proceeds from the digital downloads will go to ASTEP, and it's our hope it inspires others to use the talents they were given to make the world a better place."

The organization's volunteer teaching artists create a safe space for students to use the arts to build leadership skills, strengthen their capacity for self-expression, learn to collaborate, and develop the confidence to make healthy life choices. With these skills, ASTEP students learn they have what it takes to succeed no matter the obstacles, which is key to breaking cycles of intergenerational poverty.

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