Check out these Songs for the Season New for 2023
Continuing to make his presence felt in Country music, Bad Realm Records/Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville artist BRELAND puts his own spin on a Christmastime favorite, sharing a vocally stunning rendition of “The Christmas Song.”
Produced by Jacob Durrett and highlighting BRELAND’s one-of-a-kind voice – an electrifying fusion of fire and ice, made for the modern age – the new recording puts a fresh energy on a Classic-Pop standard, first made famous by Nat King Cole.
With a calming, sophisticated sound (more in line with a black-tie soiree than an ugly-sweater party), the track pairs twinkling piano runs and sweeping swells of orchestral strings with BRELAND’s cozy, tender presentation, helping capture the reflective nature of the holiday season. BRELAND first performed the song on ABC’s CMA Country Christmas in 2021, with fans praising his unique, warm vocal take.
Rising Nashville songwriter and country music artist Bryan Ruby has captured the essence of the holiday season with his new song, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The enchanting track promises to tug at the heartstrings of music and Christmas lovers alike, bringing warmth to the coldest of winter nights. The new holiday tune was co-written with David Ross, Chad Sellers and Bryan Ruby. Stream and download “It’s a Wonderful Life” on all digital music platforms HERE.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” is a heartfelt homage to the joy of being with loved ones during the holidays. With its soulful lyrics, melodic harmonies and Ruby’s signature baritone vocals and charm, this song is poised to become an instant classic, creating cherished memories for years to come.
“I wanted to capture the magic of the holiday season in a song that celebrates the simple joys of togetherness, warmth, love and gratitude,” said Bryan Ruby. “It’s a Wonderful Life” accomplishes just that, delivering a heartwarming message that resonates with audiences of all ages.”
Paul McDonald and the Mourning Doves are thrilled to share “Maybe This Christmas,” an original song that talks about heartbreak and loneliness, delivered with a passionate vocal performance that exudes longing, pain, and hope.
In Paul’s own words: “No one ever writes the sad Christmas song… it’s always “Jingle Bells” or “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love those songs and the holidays are a beautiful time with family and friends if you’re in a good headspace. But the holidays can also be devastating if you’ve recently lost someone you love or you’re dealing with personal or family hardships. The time of year puts all your struggles under a magnifying glass. I wrote this song from that perspective, but with the knowledge that sadness & struggle also holds an underlying hope that things will eventually get better. Life goes on & there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Columbia Records/Sony Music Nashville artist-songwriter Alana Springsteen dives headfirst into the merriest season with “christmas comes in waves” – a brand-new release that puts a beachy twist on the classic holiday song. Accompanied by the Anna Clary and David Bradley-directed clip capturing Sandbridge Beach near her hometown, “christmas comes in waves” pays tribute to the Virginia Beach, VA, native’s favorite place to be. Available across all streaming platforms and digital retailers, listen here.
“Having grown up on the coast, all my favorite holidays were spent with family by the water. I’m a beach baby through and through and I can’t think of a more restful, festive way to spend Christmas than in the sand,” shares Springsteen. “I’ve been wanting to write an original Christmas song for a long time and finally made it happen with Trannie Anderson and Dallas Wilson. This one’s for everyone who feels a little more at home when they’re somewhere warm this time of year.”
Fully dedicated to realizing her sun-soaked vision, Springsteen took a hands-on role in virtually every aspect of the creative process behind “christmas comes in waves.” Along with producing the song herself (with co-production by Austin Stanley), she played acoustic guitar, ukulele, and hi-strung guitar on the track, rounding out its unfussy yet lush arrangement. Written by Springsteen, Trannie Anderson, and Dallas Wilson, “christmas comes in waves” further finds the Nashville, TN-based artist trading snowflakes for seashells, and singing the praises of a beachside yuletide. Strumming a carefree rhythm, Springsteen narrates her ideal holiday scenario with a dreamy specificity: “Watching string lights in a palm tree sway / Singing cold weather carols / In tank tops and sandals / Rocking round the dock of the bay.” With a chorus melody sweet and breezy enough to melt away the winter blues, the result is a blissed-out tropical vacation in the form of a song.
Walker Hayes releases his new single “Fancy Like Christmas” via Monument/RCA Records. Listen HERE. A festive take on his original smash record, “Fancy Like,” this new version comes just in time for the holiday season. In celebration of the new single, “Fancy Like Christmas” merch is available now. Check it out HERE.
Speaking on the new single, Hayes says, “This is the most excited I’ve been about a song in a long time. From the moment this idea came about, it was off to the races. I’ve never re written a song before and I think this was the most fun I’ve ever had writing any song.”
Hayes has always sung about the fact that he is a simple man. Whether it’s a date night at Applebee’s, trying to stay out of AA, or keeping his blow-up Grinch in the yard till March, he just wants everyone to get along and be happy…and maybe laugh a little more. He has never changed who he is and what he sings about, and this new project is a testament to the superstar’s staying power in this industry.
GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter Kimberly Perry unveils a stunning rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” – Listen HERE. Her angelic vocals are on full display, making this cover feel like a hot cup of cocoa.
On choosing to put her own spin on the holiday classic, Kimberly states, “Christmas is my very favorite time of year. I chose the non-traditional Hallelujah because it feels like the perfect crossroads of the Bloom spirit and the holiday spirit – reckoning with both the wins and losses of the year with grace and a resounding ‘Hallelujah!’”
Skylar Simone, the Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who premiered her rendition of “Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)” one year ago, re-introduces the single + video for a new holiday season, available at all platforms today via Def Jam Recordings.
Composed by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff, “Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)” originated on Mariah’s Merry Christmas album (1994), one of the best-selling holiday albums in pop history. Skylar has succeeded in making the timeless ballad all her own for a new generation.
The Storm Windows release their original holiday single, “It’s Christmas Time (Live),” a folk-rock song written in the Americana, holiday tradition, and its accompanying live performance video. “It’s Christmas Time (Live)” takes an optimistic look at a troubled planet, beginning and ending with a Christmas wish for a better world.
“It occurred to us that we should have a Christmas song, like many of our musical heroes,” Rob explains. “So we wrote one. A Christmas song is a good place to be optimistic while still noting that there are a lot of things out there that need fixing. We tried to make it thoughtful, but light. Plus, like we say in the song, we really like the holiday season.” In the tradition of the greats, the song is laced with humor, cultural references and social commentary, while paying homage to Christmas classics, with references to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, and Dean Martin.
Singer-songwriter Laine Lonero wraps up 2023 with her debut Christmas original, “South Pole,” available now via Epochal Artists Records / Virgin Music Group. Written by Laine and David Richard Evans, the holiday track was produced by Tyler Spicer. To stream and download “South Pole,” click HERE.
Laine shared, “South Pole was written as a tribute to all those great memories growing up in the South for Christmas. Wanting to wear that new sweater on Christmas morning and the temperature being 80 outside. Putting up lights, in a tank top and shorts, that’s Christmas in Louisiana.”
Nashville singer/songwriter Sam Williams proves that the holidays may not be the most wonderful time of year after all on his new track, “I Hate The Holidays,” out now via Mercury Nashville. The bluesy tune is a stark reminder of the difficult emotions that the holidays tend to bring up, especially as you get older. Listen to the heartbreaking track HERE.
“I Hate The Holidays” finds Williams jaded from the sorrow and isolation of past holiday celebrations. With undeniable anguish, he proclaims, “I hate the holidays and all the ways they make me feel alone / somewhere along the way the magic faded and turned to stone.” The song is a sharp contrast from the cheery music typically associated with winter festivities, ditching jingle bells for sad guitars and pained lyricism.
“The holiday season has always been a little tough for me, but more so after losing a lot of my family. It can’t be a time of celebration for everyone… really cold weather and seeing perfect holiday cards kind of bother me so I made this record,” shares Williams.“I believe just knowing other folks feel things you do too, can help a little bit. Nonetheless, I hope everyone has a beautiful season in spite of pain and holds their loved ones close.”