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Runaway June: When I Think About Christmas – EP Review

Runaway June’s first-ever holiday EP, When I Think About Christmas, is available now, October 16th on all streaming platforms. Check out our full EP Review below as we dive deeper into the collection of songs.

Releasing their first-ever holiday project, When I Think About Christmas, Runaway June are bringing the holiday spirit to fans a little early this year. The five-song EP features three well-known Christmas classics and two new original tracks. Although it’s only October, we’re more than ready to curl up next to the fire, hot chocolate in hand, with Runaway June playing on the record player.

“Christmas On The Radio,” written by Sam Hollander and Martin Johnson, is the first original on the project to make its debut and is a perfectly hand-crafted reference guide to all things Christmas. Silver bells, classic hits from Otis Redding, and Nat King Cole.

“When I Think About Christmas” is the second original and serves as the title track of the project. Written by Runaway June member Jennifer Wayne, Josh Matheny, and Tiffany Goss, the song pays homage to conventional country in the sweetest way: swing-laced instrumentation, pure joy, and your loved one.

“When I think about Christmas // I don’t worry ‘bout the cold // I’m covered up in all your kisses // C’mon baby let it snow” 

“O Holy Night” strays away from any traditional version with elegant and flawless harmonies. Of course, the holiday season just isn’t complete without the classic tune, “Let It Snow” and Runaway June’s beautiful upbeat version concludes the jolly project with glistening bells.

“Our new Christmas EP, When I Think About Christmas has all of these beautiful mountain Appalachian sounds,” said Runaway June’s Naomi Cooke, Wayne, and Natalie Stovall. “So we put our own little spin on Christmas music and we’ve got some fiddle so why not!” The trio continued to share in an Instagram post, “It’s been a long crazy year, and working on this music has felt so liberating from the madness of the world. When we think about “Christmas” we think of family, peace, rest, love and reflection, gratitude, celebration, and we wanted this music to be the soundtrack of what Christmas is to us and hopefully spread a little of that to all of you through this project.”

Singer-songwriter and fiddle player Natalie Stovall recently joined the band after Hannah Mulholland left the group. Members Naomi Cooke and Jennifer Wayne announced Stovall’s addition shortly after Mulholland announced that she was leaving, simply because she wanted to be in California with her husband and family.

Runaway June When I Think About Christmas

Runaway June’s first-ever holiday EP, When I Think About Christmas, is available now, October 16th.

When I Think About Christmas EP Tracklist:
1. Christmas On The Radio (Runaway June Original – Sam Hollander, Martin Johnson)
2. Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish)
3. O Holy Night (Traditional Holiday Song)
4. When I Think About Christmas (Runaway June Original – Jennifer Wayne, Josh Matheny, Tiffany Goss)
5. Let It Snow – (Julie Styn, Sammy Cahn)

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When I Think About Christmas EP is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

 

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Christmas In June? Carrie Underwood Announces 2020 Christmas Album

Carrie Underwood Christmas

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During a virtual fan club party earlier today (6/3), Carrie Underwood announced that a Christmas album is on the way. Underwood shared the news exclusively with the more than 1,200 viewers gathered for a live-stream hosted by the artist’s Official Fan Club. The virtual party took the place of the in-person event held at the Grand Ole Opry house every year.

Underwood has recorded multiple Christmas songs throughout her fifteen-year career including, “O Holy Night”, “Do You Hear What I Hear”, “The First Noel”, and “ Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” but has yet to release a full holiday album. She shared her excitement with fans during the live broadcast, explaining that it’s been in the works for a long time.

In addition to the announcement, the virtual fan club party included an audience Q&A, a raffle, and an acoustic performance. The country superstar opted to perform non-single fan favorites from each album, including, “That’s Where It Is”, “You Won’t Find This”, “Someday When I Stop Loving You”, and “Thank God For Hometowns”. 

Before signing off, Underwood acknowledged an important message in another song, and one that is desperately needed today. “God has given us the capacity to love each other,” said Underwood, before ending the live broadcast with a performance of her hit song, “Love Wins”. 

An official announcement and release date for the Christmas album are expected later this year. In the meantime, fans can catch Underwood and husband Mike Fisher in the four-part mini-series, I Am Second every Wednesday at 8PM EST.

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