The Rising Return With Christmas Single ‘This Special Time Of Year’

The Rising return with special Christmas single ahead of new album release in 2018
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Release Date: 08/12/2017

The Rising are pleased to announce the release of their special Christmas single “This Special Time Of Year”.  Recorded in the band’s native hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland at the bands own studio Renegade Studios and also PlethoraTone Studios, Nashville, TN.

In a band full of self-proclaimed Christmas nuts the band launched full steam into writing a Christmas song. Recalling their favourite things about Christmas such as festive lights on the tree, falling snow, Santa, presents, Christmas songs on he radio, through to kisses under the mistletoe. The song features festive instrumentation through the use of sleigh bells, bells and a sing-along chorus. Inspired by their love of the Phil Spector Christmas album “A Christmas Gift For You” the band set about recalling the feeling and wall-of-sound that made that record so special. Something the band plays homage to in the opening bars of the song.

The band hope that the song reflects the fun and easy going feeling of this very special time of year and that people young and old can relate to the song. From its sing-a-long chorus through to the image of Christmas conjured up in the lyrics. Also the true meaning of Christmas is touched upon with the birth of a special child who brought hope and light to many people at this very special time of year.

The song marks the end of year of ups and downs for the band. Firstly, the band were lucky enough to achieve a successful Pledge Music campaign, which helped fund their new album “Moving On”. This new album is due for release in early 2018.  The album has been delayed extensively due to injuries guitarist Chris Logan sustained in a road traffic incident, which put him out of action for several months. But this brought the band closer together and they set about writing more material and making the best album possible due to the extra time forced upon the band. The band’s lead singer Chantelle McAteer was also nominated as a finalist in the Northern Ireland Young Songwriter Of The Year competition.

The Rising are a Country Rock band with a Pop/Rock influence from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Currently, the band are finishing off work on their sophomore album (Due early 2018), with recording sessions taking place between the band’s home base of Northern Ireland and also Nashville, TN (USA). The debut single from the upcoming album “Last First Love” achieved success when it was given a world premiere by US based Country Music Bible ‘The Boot’. After the premiere, the video went on to achieve over 25,000 views on the bands VEVO page. The single has also enjoyed heavy radio play globally, including USA, UK, Europe, Ireland and beyond.

This single marked the start of a whole new chapter for the band. Firstly, the band continues to grow musically from its debut album, building upon the ground laid down from the album with a glossier production and growth in the songwriting. Most notably however, are the changes in the bands lineup with the addition of Chantelle McAteer on lead vocals. This change was a natural progression to the band with the wheels of this change being set in motion over a year earlier. Guitarist Chris Logan encountered Chantelle singing at a singer-songwriter night showcasing her own material. Soon after the two songwriters started working together with Chris producing Chantelle’s debut solo EP. However, the two continued to write songs non-stop simply for the joy of writing songs. It was while on a UK/Ireland tour with Jess & The Bandits (October 2015) that things were beginning to change. Cracks were starting to show and midway through this tour Chris sent Chantelle a text message asking her if she wanted to join the band. As soon as the band came off tour the two songwriters set about recording the next album for The Rising. The new lineup was introduced during two shows at this years Country 2 Country Festival at London’s O2 where the band played two showcase shows (Big Entrance Stage & Brooklyn Bowl).

Since its formation the band’s music has gained extensive airplay throughout Ireland, UK, Europe (Germany, Netherlands) and the USA/Canada. Including support from the likes of BBC Radio, Radio 2 with the likes of Graham Norton, Gaby Roslin and Alex Lester championing the band from their first single.

Their music video hit Number 1 in the CM&T International Artists Music Video Chart (USA & Sky TV). iTunes also featured the band on their front page banner for several months as well as featuring both the single and album in “New & Featured” section.

The band have toured constantly since its formation including the chance to perform at the Country 2 Country festival in London’s O2 two years in a row, firstly, in 2015 and again in 2016. Constant touring around the UK and Ireland has helped the band build their fan-base with every show. Shows have included their own shows (the most recent being a headline tour in March/April 2017), festivals and also touring alongside the likes of Jess & The Bandits, The Shires, Ward Thomas and many other top acts.

Early in the bands career their constant touring and hard working ethic brought the band to the attention of the British Country Music Awards in 2015 with a nomination for the Horizon Award.

The band take their name from a Bruce Springsteen album that has and continues to inspire all members of the band.