CAM – ‘BELIEVE’
There are two ways of contributing to the glut of Christmas music – pick a standard and try to ensure that your cover adds something that will stand out from the crowd, or record something new and original that may itself become a standard and covered by others. Cam has taken option 2 with ‘Believe’, which she composed herself.
She has said on social media that it’s one of her favourite songs that she has ever written.
TROUSDALE – ‘WHAT COULD I SAY’ EP
They’ve been performing as a trio for 7 years having met at college in California, and Quinn D’Andrea, Georgia Greene and Lauren Jones, collectively Trousdale, have released their sophomore 5-track EP.
They are starting to get noticed and have been attracting the attention of The Jonas Brothers, which can never be considered a negative career move.
We love the tight harmonies, and have chosen ‘This Is It’ as our highlight track from the collection.
ABBY ANDERSON – ‘INSECURE’
It’s been a year to remember for Abby Anderson, who got married in the summer and is now a liberated independent artist, having made the decision to leave her record label and go it alone.
She recently told Bobby Bones that the music that she was recording and releasing were making her “feel lost and not like herself”. She’s now released a couple of new tunes to close out the year – ‘Bad Posture’ and the uplifting ‘Insecure’, which we have featured here.
WALKER HAYES – ‘AA’
‘Fancy Like’ has been a huge success for Walker Hayes and has reinvogorated his career. He might be marmite to many, but his infectious lyrics and licks are impossible to ignore. He’s hit the winning formula all over again with ‘AA’.
Written with Shane McAnally and Luke Laird, it shows a deeper side to Walker’s persona, including his own issues with sobriety.
He’s releasing his new album ‘Country Stuff: The Album’ on 21st January.
KRISTEN FOREMAN – ‘GENTLEMAN’
We were hugely impressed with Kristen Foreman’s ‘Bench Seat’ earlier this year and she followed this up with a 5-track EP that was the first half of a full album of music that she was intending to release.
‘Gentleman’, written and performed with Ryan Nelson, is the first track from ‘Part 2’ of the album.
She’s managed to capture the traditional feel of the 90’s country music that she grew up with. She might just be part of the new generation of female country artists that will continue the tradition set by Dolly, Reba and others.
KACEY MUSGRAVES – ‘FIX YOU’
We weren’t anticipating new music from Kacey Musgraves quite so soon after the release of her new album, but ‘Fix You’ is from the new stop-motion animated film ‘A Future Begins’.
It’s a cover of Coldplay’s 2005 song, and is a gentle piano and acoustic guitar ballad that Kacey makes her own.
The film is for Mexican fast food chain Chipotle’s campaign supporting farmers, and is a follow up to their 2011 film ‘Back To The Start’ which featured Willie Nelson covering Coldplay’s ‘The Scientist’.
ALAN JACKSON – ‘RACING THE DARK’
‘Racing The Dark’ was written with Alan’s daughter Mattie and was released in conjunction with her first book ‘Lemons On Friday’. Mattie wrote the lyrics and asked her Dad to write to music.
The song deals in part with her loss of her husband Ben, who died following a traumatic brain injury that he suffered just 11 months into their marriage 2 years ago.
JANA KRAMER FT. KRISTIAN BUSH – ‘SECOND CHANCES’
This is featured in Jana’s forthcoming seasonal special ‘The Holiday Fix Up’ which premieres on Lifetime TV in the US on December 11th, and we love the video that has been released to accompany it.
She’s recently divorced and has shared her thoughts about the way that she will be celebrating Christmas with her children alone for the first time.
She said that the song was written because we all deserve a second chance at love with a new relationship or a second chance with a love lost, and it will resonate with many over the upcoming festive period.
RITA WILSON & VINCE GILL – ‘COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS’
Another one for the holiday playlist. A song that is made for late night Christmas eve when all the preparations are complete and you are sharing a glass in front of the fire.
Rita Wilson describes herself as a mum, wife (Mrs Tom Hanks), actress, singer, songwriter and producer. Her collaboration with Vince Gill was always going to produce something special, and is the perfect song to conclude our weekly list as we gently ease ourselves into the Christmas season.