One of the best things about Christmas is when all the Country artists start releasing Christmas music whether that be original or covers.
When it comes to an original at Christmas, it is pretty hard to pull it off and make it stand out. You need that jingle sound and need to make people feel like it’s Christmas; feel the wintery weather; the festive spirits and all that. Well…The Rising have done just that with their Christmas Brought You Here EP. The title track is original and is one of the most “new” Christmasey Christmas songs that I have heard in a long time – to the extent that I first thought it was a cover of another artist and I don’t mean that in a bad way but just simply because I wasn’t too familiar with The Rising’s music. Lead singer Chantelle McAteer has a really beautiful and powerful voice that suits Christmas songs (if that makes sense to anyone?) What I mean is you need a certain tone and passion in your voice to deliver a good Christmas song, especially if it is a ballad styled one as this is. I am already imagining snow, going to church, getting warm by the fire and drinking mulled wine.
This Special Time of Year has a nice jingle to its intro. A more upbeat song than Christmas Brought You Here and has a bit of a cheesy way about it but hey, isn’t that what Christmas songs are all about?
The last of the three song EP is a cover of Chris Rea’s Driving Home For Christmas which is one of my favourite Christmas songs of all time. I like the arrangement on this version giving it a bit more of a jazzy style. Chantelle’s voice is really nice on this song and suits her range perfectly.
So, if you love country and love Christmas, look no further than The Rising’s Christmas EP. Crank it up loud, sing along loudly and have a Merry Christmas.
Purchase Christmas Brought You Here here