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Jessica's Annual Carols
This Will Be Our Year
For so many reasons and for so many people, 2023 has been a really hard year, and it has been for my family and me, too. I know a new year doesn't make anything magically better, but my wish for you, for us, is that we have something to celebrate, to look toward, a tide change that brings us hope. Friends, this will be our year! I continue my tradition of recording a holiday song this year with a little twist-- this wish for the New Year... and some good news! This time, I collaborated with the amazing composer/ producer/ multi-instrumentalist Eric Shimelonis of WBUR's Circle Round fame! Enjoy all of my carols and holiday songs on Spotify, Apple Music, or wherever you get your music! Jessica's Annual Carols on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3UlyGv6 The entire collection is free to stream and download at http://JessicaRauVoice.com/music. Lyrics: This will be our year, took a long time to come The warmth of your love is like the warmth of the sun And this will be our year, took a long time to come Don't let go of my hand now darkness has gone And this will be our year, took a long time to come And I won't forget the way you held me up when I was down And I won't forget the way you said, "Darling I love you" You gave me faith to go on Now we're there, and we've only just begun This will be our year, took a long time to come The warmth of your smile... smile for me, little one And this will be our year, took a long time to come You don't have to worry, all your worried days are gone This will be our year, took a long time to come And I won't forget the way you held me up when I was down And I won't forget the way you said, "Darling I love you" You gave me faith to go on Now we're there, and we've only just begun And this will be our year, took a long time to come Yeah, we've only just begun This will be our year, took a long time to come ... This Will Be Our Year - Christmas 2023 (New Year 2024!) Written by Chris White, The Zombies Song used with permission c/o Easy Song Licensing Jessica Rau: lead vocals, vocal arrangement Eric Shimelonis: keys, strings, drums, horn arrangements, audio production and mix Jeff Stevens: trumpet Jessica Cunningham: french horn Video created by Jessica Rau #holidaymusic #happynewyear #nye #christmascarols #christmasmusic #itstradition #indiemusic #thezombies #CircleRound
Up on the Housetop
It's that time again! I record a Christmas carol to share every year, and today my tradition turns 18! This time, I collaborated with the incredibly talented Angela Parrish and Melinda Sullivan for Up on the Housetop-- with tap dancing! Enjoy all of my carols on Spotify, Apple Music, or wherever you get your music! Jessica's Annual Carols on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3UlyGv6 The entire collection is free to download at http://JessicaRauVoice.com/music. Up on the Housetop - Christmas 2022 Written by Benjamin Hanby Jessica Rau: lead vocals Angela Parrish: keyboard & vocals Melinda Sullivan: tap dancer & vocals Video credits: Produced and Directed by Jessica Rau & Feodor Chin Silvia Lara: director of photography Aaron Schumacher: recording engineer and mixer Nikolas Thompson: audio mastering Paul Cole: video editor Michael Schatz/ RKM Studios: video colorist Justin Sullivan: location Carolina Ravassa: invaluable help Nellie Leis: graphic design Recorded in Downtown Los Angeles, California #christmascarols #christmasmusic #uponthehousetop #itstradition #indiemusic #tapdancer #tapdance #dtla
It's Tradition (a carol for 2020)
Every Christmastime since 2005, I've recorded a Christmas carol to share. This year, I wanted to write something that spoke to our unique moment in time. This year's not the same-- some things never change! Please enjoy this year's new carol, plus all my carols from the past 16 years now on Spotify, Apple Music, or wherever you stream your music! The entire album is free to download at http://JessicaRauVoice.com/music. Song lyrics: v1: It’s my favorite time of year Super festive atmosphere Christmas parties, seeing friends Singing carols each weekend Making plans to travel home Hugging cousins who have grown Eating cookies, drinking wine All around a twinkling pine CHORUS: It’s tradition, this year’s not the same It’s tradition, some things never change v2: What I just can’t quite believe Is it’s almost Christmas Eve Time has crawled but time has flown While I’ve spent the year at home Parties canceled, friends unseen Christmas concerts on a screen Nothing feels like years ago Doesn’t even look like snow CHORUS: It’s tradition, this year’s not the same It’s tradition, some things never change Bridge: Even this year at a distance Even though we’re miles apart I still hold you tightly In my heart v3: Christmas dinner over miles Different tables, same big smiles Gifts delivered from online There’s still cookies, there’s still wine CHORUS: It’s tradition, this year’s not the same It’s tradition, some things never change It’s tradition, this year’s not the same It’s tradition, some things never change "It's Tradition" Written by Jessica Rau, Cait Leow, Feodor Chin (ASCAP) Produced by Nikolas Thompson - Music Composer / Producer Jessica Rau: vocals, Casio synthesizer, glockenspiel Cait Leow: additional vocals Zach Bardon: guitar Nikolas Thompson: additional instruments Mixed by Nikolas Thompson Recorded in California, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Korea "It’s Tradition" album mastered by Nikolas Thompson Photo by Jonathan Ward Rau Design by Katie Olsen Music video shot by Feodor Chin, edited by Jessica Rau.
Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella
Jessica has recorded a carol every year since 2005. Visit http://JessicaRauVoice.com/music for audio streaming and downloads. Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella - Christmas 2014 Jessica Rau: lead vocal, penny whistle Candy Emberley: viola, French, ahh vocals Deb Helt: guitar, ahh vocals Justin Sosa: guitar Eric Swanson: double bass Arranged by Jessica Rau and Recorded on analogue 16-track tape by Eric Swanson at Blanchard West Studio, Los Angeles Mixed by Eric Swanson
14 years of carols - listening party!
Join me in a listening party of 14 years of carols, leading up to a new one for this year! After, you can stream/ download all of my annual carols for free at JessicaRau.com/music. This year’s collaboration features Candy Emberley and Alfredo Barraza (with a musical cameo by Lisa Edwards). Past collaborations with and shout outs to: Jonathan Lawson (Ivy & The Wall), James Waddell (Lyricanvas Recording Studios), Nolan Riley, Nathanael Nicol, Zach Bardon, Dong-Seon Chang, Sarah La Puerta, Hyesook Jung (이 호 eeeho), Wookwan Kim, Nikolas Kite Thompson (Kite Flying Robot), Michael Rosenblum, SC De Freitas, Mischa Pollack, Scottie Mitchell, Leah Natale (Leah Natale - Music), Ward Rau, Paul E. Zeigler, Pamela Parry, Marlene Rau, Steven Felix, Candy Emberley, Deborah Elizabeth, Justin Sosa (Justin Sosa Music), and Eric Swanson. Cameos by Feodor Chin and Santa Claus!
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