Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Spotlight on New Music

I get a lot of requests via e-mail to feature new songs, videos, EPs, etc, and honestly I can't keep up with them, so I'm very grateful for the other blogs that do such a great job highlighting the new releases each year.  But there are a few that I'd like to draw your attention to, so today's post will list out several that I think deserve your attention.  (Whoa - this turned out to be a long post...)

Jane Sheldon - "One for Mrs. Claus"

One of my fave new singles this year - "One for Mrs. Claus" by Jane Sheldon.  Light, bouncy, a little bit country, and surely Christmassy.

Soundcloud link

Youtube video (featuring Teri Hatcher):

Sofia Talvik - "Poem at Year's End"

What would Christmas be without a new song by the lovely Sofia Talvik?  I hope we never know...  Here for your listening pleasure (and free download) is "Poem at Year's End" from Miss Sofia.

Sofia Talvik link

Phil and the Osophers - "Another Christmas with Phil and the Osophers"

Here's a 4-song EP by Phil and the Osophers - all original, all very original. Catchy, a little quirky perhaps, a little snappy, more than a little tromboney.  Love it!

Soundcloud link

Phil and the Osophers have quite a catalog of Christmas tunes - check out their Youtube playlist - marvelous!  Youtube link

Darren Fiorino "Early December"  Bandcamp link

Darren and family have been long-time readers of Merry & Bright, and Darren is now starting a career in music as a singer/songwriter.  Check out his single "Early December" b/w "Auld Lang Syne" on Bandcamp

Jack Mosbacher "Christmas in California" EP

In throwback crooner style, Jack Mosbacher serves up an EP of four classic songs, solo piano versions of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas", and adding light jazzy instrumentals for "It's Beginning to Look a Lot LIke CHristmas" and "White Christmas".  Jack does the classics well!

"Christmas in California" Soundcloud link
Linnea Ellis - "Warmest Winter"

Solo Debut from new artist Linnea Ellis - "Warmest Winter".  Mmmm.... this is dreamy....

Listen on Soundcloud

Linnea Ellis on Facebook

Promo video:

"Stars" - Various Artists

The folks at wyaiwia (Where You Are Is Where It's At) bring this 9-song album of original new seasonal songs.

"Stars" Bandcamp link

Featured video from the album "Christmas Tree (Burn Burn Burn)" by Catenary Wires


Randi Fay "Joy Whispered"

Here's the video for "Joy Whispered", by new artist Randi Fay.  I'd call it orchestral adult-contemporary pop Christmas.  I'd also call it a quite beautiful new song!  Available to stream on Spotify, 

All the Randi Fay links:


Stephen Winston "Winter Breath Warms the Heart"  

Colorado native Stephen Winston has released a piano-driven new single "Winter Breath Warms the Heart" - check it out here on Bandcamp.  A song for lovers of Winter (like me), it stirs up all those good feelings of a cold snowy night.

Josie Dunn - "Cold in December"


Dan Berk - "Hanging Like the Mistletoe"

Long Island based singer Dan Berk, proudly having a million monthly listeners on Spotify, brings us "Hanging Like the Mistletoe", produced by Michael Camargo (guitarist for Michael Buble).  Nice!

Green Monkey Records - three new albums

The good folks at Green Monkey Records have three new releases for 2018.  I haven't had time to preview them all <sad face>, but Green Monkey consistently produces some very fine Christmas music.  Definitely worth your time.

"(I'm a) Lonely Little Christmas Tree" - Tom Dyer & the True Olympians - Bandcamp link
"A Green Monkey Christmas For Martians Up On Mars" - Bandcamp link
"Tom & Kat's Excellent Christmas Adventure" - Bandcamp link


And that's it!  I hope you find some chestnuts in all this new music.  Enjoy!

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