FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2020 – Just in time for the upcoming holiday season, Liz Longley has announced a new Christmas EP, A Little Magic, due out December 4, which was brought to life with the help of 188 Patreon supporters. Once again, Longley tapped 5x Grammy-nominated producer Paul Moak, who produced her critically acclaimed studio LP Funeral For My Past, for a cozy, nostalgic set of songs blending her unforgettable voice with folk-infused pop, southern soul, and a hint of holiday cheer sure to make our strange winter just a little bit warmer. Today, she offers a preview of A Little Magic in the form of two new singles, the title track and “Feels Like Christmas,” available to download and stream wherever you listen to music.
Of the forthcoming 6-song set, Longley shares, “Without being able to see my family through this challenging year, I thought about some of our best times together, and months into staying at home, I started to write Christmas songs. Our holidays have always been a time where we reflect on the year we had and dream about the year ahead. I hope these songs allow people to reminisce on holidays past, and help to keep their spirits up in what will surely be a different holiday season.”
A Little Magic follows the September 2020 release of Longley’s widely acclaimed LP, Funeral For My Past, which arrived after her amicable split with her former label, Concord / Sugar Hill Records, and a wildly successful crowd-funding campaign that placed her as the fourth most-funded solo female musician ever on Kickstarter. Her deeply devoted fans contributed over $150,000 in order to help her purchase the rights to and independently release Funeral For My Past, far surpassing the initial goal of $45,000. The record’s warm sound was also produced by Moak and brought to life by a cast of esteemed players known for records by Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Jake Bugg, Ingrid Michaelson, Kim Richey, Cam, and more.
Funeral For My Past landed on Newsweek’s “100 Albums Released in 2020 to Put on Your Radar” with No Depression praising, “Longley mixes twangy songs (like the acoustic ballad ‘Get to Know Someone’) and scruffy pop-rock that could soundtrack a major movie (or real-life) moment. It’s the roaring bonfire you throw everything that’s tied to bad memories into, but it’s also the sizzling, smoky embers when the flames die down.” Billboard lauds the “Americana and gospel-flavoured soul to shimmering pop anthems and touches of jazz;” while Folk Alley says, “Longley’s incredibly versatile voice feels right at home in this velvet lounge of a sonic setting created by producer Paul Moak and a wonderful band of players.” Audiofemme notes that the new songs “blend Christina Perri-esque vocals with a calming effect akin to Lana Del Rey,” and The Boot applauds the “soulful, Grace Potter-like highs.”
Having to postpone or cancel most plans to tour around the new album due to the pandemic, Longley has continued to find new ways to connect with fans, including multiple intimate and engaging live stream performances that have been praised by the Nashville Scene as “stellar” and “outstanding” with American Songwriter adding, “Liz Longley is a standout singer in a city that offers no shortage of superb singer/songwriters”.
A Little Magic Tracklisting:
1) A Little Magic
2) One Missing
3) Feels Like Christmas
4) Gettin’ Away For The Holidays
5) Christmas Is When I Miss Us
6) Let There Be Peace On Earth
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