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Raphael Saadiq Teams Up With Kelli-Leigh for Cheesy Holiday Single ‘Miracle’

Raphael Saadiq and U.K. singer Kelli-Leigh have dropped a new holiday single, “Miracle.” The classically overwrought, pop-tinged song was written and recorded for Prime Video‘s forthcoming Christmas movie, Candy Cane Lane, which stars Eddie Murphy and Tracee Ellis Ross.

“The song ‘Miracle’ is about, of course, a miracle,” Saadiq said in a statement. “Once you see the film, you see all these amazing things happening — a little bit of beautiful magic between a family and a mother and father. ‘Miracle’ just comes on and tells that whole story of how a family works.” 

Candy Cane Lane, out Dec. 1, features Murphy as Chris, a man on a mission to win his neighborhood’s annual Christmas home decoration contest. After Chris inadvertently makes a deal with a mischievous elf named Pepper (Jillian Bell) to better his chances of winning, she casts a magic spell that brings the 12 Days of Christmas to life and wreaks havoc on the whole town. At the risk of ruining the holidays for his family, Chris, his wife Carol (Ellis Ross), and their three children must race against the clock to break Pepper’s spell, battle deviously magical characters, and save Christmas for everyone.

The film reunites director Reginald Hudlin, Murphy, and producer Brian Grazer for the first time since their 1992 hit, Boomerang. It was inspired by screenwriter Kelly Younger’s own holiday experiences on Candy Cane Lane in El Segundo, California. It also marks Murphy’s first-ever holiday flick.


Murphy and Ellis Ross appeared on Good Morning America Monday to discuss the film. “We wanted to do something that would be around forever, that people could watch over and over again like the Christmas movies when I was a kid,” Murphy explained.

Ross added, “Looking back, I’m proud of everything I’ve done. I feel really blessed. The fact that I got two long-running shows, [Girlfriends and Black-ish], that went eight years blows my mind — and that those things have brought me to a place where I can do a movie with Eddie Murphy. It’s really an extraordinary thing to be at a place in your career when you have the option to work with people that you’ve admired.”

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