Sunday 25 December 2022

Phil Vassar Releases Original Holiday Tune "Brand New Year" With Deana Carter

Phil Vassar and Deana Carter, "Brand New Year" (Image courtesy of Adkins Publicity)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Platinum-selling Phil Vassar "ushers in the feel-good Christmas spirit" (Taste of Country) with singer-songwriter Deana Carter as the pair released "Brand New Year" ahead of their 2022 Christmas tour. Taste of Country exclusively premiered the track, which was co-written by Vassar and Carter with No. 1 hit songwriter and Songwriters Hall of Fame member, Steve Dorff. 

Click HERE to stream or download "Brand New Year" which dropped Nov 4, 2022.

Watch the Brand New Year (Official Music Video) which was published Nov 11, 2022 ‘Tis The Season!:   

"Deana is one of my oldest and dearest friends. She is actually one of the first people I met when I came to town, and I’m just so excited to get to go on this tour with her! 'Brand New Year' is a song we wrote together with Steve Dorff," shared Vassar. "It’s a new old school sounding classic Christmas song. I love that it reminds me of what I grew up listening to, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra or Bing Crosby.”

“I’m so in love with the new Christmas songs that I got to write with Phil & Steve Dorff & can’t wait to be on tour singing them to ring in the best season of the year! I truly believe that ‘Brand New Year’ could be a new standard ‘go-to’ for the Holidays for years to come!” said Carter. 

Fans have made it a tradition to join Vassar for an evening of Christmas classics and original holiday music, packing out venues for his last four tours. "Coming Home for Christmas" will be the sixth Christmas tour for Vassar, whose career has garnered 10 No. 1 singles and 26 Top 40 hits include signature self-penned hits "Just Another Day in Paradise" and "Carlene."

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The @rivieratheater in one of my FAV towns on earth!
#THANKYOU #CharlestonSC 


Nov. 25 Renfro Valley Entertainment Center - Renfro Valley, Ky.
Nov. 26 Brown County Music Center - Nashville, Ind.
Nov. 30 Maryland Theatre - Hagerstown, Md.

Dec. 01 Maryland Hall - Annapolis, Md. 
Dec. 02 The Vanguard - Hampton, Va.
Dec. 03 Capitol Theatre - Wheeling, W.Va.
Dec. 08 Northern Lights Theater - Milwaukee, Wis. 
Dec. 09 Northern Lights Theater - Milwaukee, Wis. 
Dec. 10 Midland Center for the Arts - Midland, Mich.
Dec. 11 The Clyde - Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Dec. 15 Riviera Theater - Charleston, S.C. *
Dec. 16 The Miller Theatre - Augusta. Ga.
Dec. 17 Gold Strike Casino - Robinsonville, Miss.
Dec. 18 Oxford Performing Arts Center - Oxford, Ala.

Phil Vassar's reign of signature songs include 10 No. 1 singles and 26 Top 40 hits, including CarleneJust Another Day in ParadiseSix-Pack SummerWhen I Love You, and many more. Vassar was racking up hits on the radio long before he even began his own recording career that has seen the release of nine albums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist and sold-out shows across the country.

Vassar's songwriting career blossomed in the mid-’90s when he landed a publishing contract with EMI and penned hits for Collin Raye (Little Red Rodeo), Alan Jackson (Right on the Money), Tim McGraw (My Next Thirty Years, For a Little While), Jo Dee Messina (Bye Bye, Alright), and Blackhawk (Postmarked Birmingham).

He signed a record deal of his own with Arista in 1998 and was named ASCAP's Country Songwriter of the Year in 1999 and 2001. 2020 marked an important anniversary for Vassar, 20 years since his first No. 1 single, "Just Another Day in Paradise," was released.

To celebrate, Vassar released his long-awaited 10th studio album, Stripped Down. The album's effortless production puts the songs front and center. It features songs written over the past 20 years but never-before recorded and new music, including “This is Where The End Starts”, co- written with daughter, Haley Vassar and Vassar's take on "Postmarked Birmingham," a hit he wrote for Blackhawk. Vassar released a brand-new project featuring covers from artists that have inspired him throughout his career.

Additionally, the hitmaker will release a new podcast on the American Songwriter Podcast Network and season 3 of Phil Vassar's Songs from the Cellar on Circle. 

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Phil Vassar & Dena Carter backstage on tour (Facebook Photo)


Nashville native, Deana Carter, didn’t take an easy route to stardom. Instead, she chose to defy conventional expectations of the typical Nashville artist blueprint and to make her own mark, taking the industry (and fans) by storm with her wildly successful multi-platinum international debut Did I Shave My Legs For This?

Anchored by the dreamy, debut super-hit, ”Strawberry Wine,” Carter showcased her own blend of country and retro-rock, sprinkled with the folksy singer/songwriter qualities that have garnered Carter well-deserved, lasting respect, and wide acclaim. Carter’s debut album, Did I Shave My Legs For This? showcased her songwriting and production skills and was met with strong reviews.

The record would ultimately climb to the top of both the country and pop charts, quickly achieving multi-platinum status, with THREE consecutive Number One singles and FIVE high-charting singles, an incredible achievement for a debut artist.

To date, Carter’s music has over 500 million streams and she has sold nearly six million albums.

Carter was thrilled to recently celebrate the 25th Anniversary Edition re-release of the Did I Shave My Legs For This? album on Universal Nashville, with new guest artist collaborations on the singles “Strawberry Wine” and “Did I Shave My Legs For This?" The 25th Anniversary Edition includes previously un-released bonus tracks and new digital content to round out the Diamond Anniversary celebration.

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Multi-Grammy Nominated Singer-Songwriter Jamie O'Neal Releases Debut Holiday Album


Album Artwork Photo Credit: Angela Talley

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Multi-GRAMMY nominated singer-songwriter Jamie O'Neal spread Spirit & Joy  with the release of her debut Christmas album on Oct 21, 2022. 

Available from JOG Inc. and BFD/AUDIUM Nashville, Spirit & Joy "may be a seasonal album, but it’s a deeply personal one all year round (American Songwriter)." Stream and download Spirit & Joy HERE or using the YouTube playlist below.  

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 Like the holidays, the making of SPIRIT & JOY was truly a family affair. 

O'Neal produced the album with her husband Rodney Good, a platinum-certified recording engineer (Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton), who joined her for their first-ever duet with "Please Come Home for Christmas."  (released Oct 7, 2022)

O'Neal also collaborated with her father Jimmy Murphy, sister Melissa Murphy and daughter Aliyah Good for Spirit & Joy's focus track, 
"Do You Hear What I Hear?" Taste of Country exclusively premiered the first listen to the "timely" classic, noting "the album is more than just another holiday collection." 

Publicity Photo Credit: Angela Talley

Spirit & Joy opens with "Christmas," (first released on Sept 22, 2022) penned on the spot at the request of O’Neal by Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Jeffrey Steele, and wraps with "Silver Bells" featuring fellow ACM Award winner Collin Raye.

"Christmas" Single Art Photo Credit: Angela Talley

With cuts from Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Idina Menzel and more, O'Neal co-wrote three originals for the album, including the "jazz-infused (Wide Open Country)" "Christmas You."

Originally slated for release last year, Spirit & Joy was postponed due to O'Neal's sister Sam's unexpected passing. O'Neal dedicated her rendition of "White Christmas" in loving memory of her sister and to her parents for the great Christmas memories they all shared as a family. She hopes the album will help listeners celebrate the cheerful nature of the season, while honoring the sentimental side of the holidays. 

O'Neal's latest album, Sometimes, celebrated the 20th anniversary of her debut album, Shiver. The critically-acclaimed project proved that O'Neal "hasn’t lost an iota of her powerhouse vocal talent (
Rolling Stone Country)." Featuring collaborations with John Paul White, Lauren Alaina, Martina McBride, Sara Evans and O'Neal's daughter Aliyah Good, Sometimes received additional praise from PeopleForbesParadeAmerican SongwriterThe BootWide Open CountryMusicRow and many more. 

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Jeffrey Steele
2. Christmas You
Jamie O'Neal, Corey Lee Barker
3. Please Come Home for Christmas Feat. Rodney Good
Charles Brown, Gene Redd
4. White Christmas
Irving Berlin
5. I'll Be Home for Christmas
Kim Gannon, Walter Kent
6. Gulf of Mexico
Jamie O'Neal, Rodney Good, Jimmy Murphy
7. Do You Hear What I Hear? Feat. Jimmy Murphy, Melissa Murphy and Aliyah Good
Noel Regne, Gloria Shayne
8. You Were Christmas to Me
Jamie O'Neal, Corey Lee Barker
9. River
Joni Mitchell
10. Silver Bells Feat. Collin Raye
Jay Livingston, Ray Evans

Jamie O'Neal is a platinum-selling entertainer and hit songwriter that became a household name with her back-to-back No. 1 singles, "There Is No Arizona" and "When I Think About Angels."

With multiple hits that followed such as "Shiver," "Trying To Find Atlantis" and "Somebody's Hero," O'Neal caught fire and earned numerous career accolades, including three GRAMMY nominations, an Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Female Vocalist and a Billboard Award for New Country Artist.

While she has penned most of her own songs, O'Neal has also written hits for Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, CeCe Winans, Idina Menzel and others.

Her voice can be heard internationally in major studio films, including “All by Myself” for “Bridget Jones's Diary.”  

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Country singer/songwriter, Jordana Bryant releases debut Christmas song "First Christmas In Love"

 Debut Christmas song from 

Country singer/songwriter, Jordana Bryant.

 Jordana wrote "First Christmas In Love" by herself at age 15.

She shared: “I’ve always loved Christmas and I’m unashamedly that person who wants to get the decorations out way before Thanksgiving. Growing up, I remember watching all the Hallmark Christmas movies with my grandma and I always loved how they showed how magical it is to fall in love during Christmas time. So, last year when my team and I were talking about me putting out a Christmas song and I started thinking of what I wanted to write about, I instantly thought of all those classic movies, and I came up with the idea to write about the first time being in love during the Christmas season. I hope this song leaves people feeling that excitement and joy!” 

Direct YouTube Link for the Lyrics.

On December 9th, Jordana released a 3-track Christmas EP featuring her original song "First Christmas In Love" (Starlight Music Productions) and covers of the hit songs "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and "Last Christmas." Stream here:

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Country artist Jordana Bryant has always loved the holidays, so it is only fitting that this year she shared her own Christmas song, “First Christmas In Love,” in which she blends classic holiday music style with modern elements. 

Penned entirely by Jordana, “First Christmas In Love” captures the added magic of sharing Christmas with someone you love for the first time. 

Bryant illustrates the excitement of being in love during Christmas in the brand new music video for her original holiday single. 

Premiered exclusively on YouTube on Tuesday, November 29, the festive, snow-filled visual finds Jordana with her special someone enjoying all the holidays have to offer. It will surely put you in the holiday spirit. 

In what has been a whirlwind year, Bryant released her debut single, “Guilty,” ( ) with Riser House, garnering over 740,000 views on YouTube and 510,000 streams on Spotify alone. 

She followed up with the release of fan-favorite “New Friends” ( due to an overwhelming response from her rapidly growing fanbase on Instagram and TikTok, which instantly connected with the track and flooded Jordana’s comment section with pleas for its release. In turn, the track received over 10,000 pre-saves and went on to garner over 1.3 million streams.

With additional singles “Had To Be There” (released 19 August 2022) and “Bad Relationships” (released 14 Oct 2022) and garnering over 20 million views globally, she’s solidified her spot as one of Nashville’s can’t miss rising stars. 

This year she opened for country music trio Restless Road, made her CMA Fest debut and stepped into the celebrity guest role of Bailey Stone in the Brian Kelley backed musical, ‘May We All: A New Country Musical’ at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center following in the footsteps of Breland, Lainey Wilson, Michael Ray, Danielle Bradbery and many others.

On Friday, December 2, Jordana performed “First Christmas In Love” as she opens for multi-GRAMMY Award nominee Christian artist, Matthew West, at the City of Franklin’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on the Square. The historic downtown Franklin, TN welcomes local families of all ages to celebrate the magic of the holiday season with live music performances and the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. 

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