Essential Advent Calendar: December 25 – A Very Special Message From Jedward

Today is the big day, and if you’ve followed The Essential Advent Calendar for all the years we’ve had it (this is our seventh!) you’ll know that Jedward are always behind the final door, Christmas Day.

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Essential Advent Calendar: December 24 – MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE RETURN WITH NEW FESTIVE ALBUM ‘TOGETHER AT CHRISTMAS’ & ANNOUNCE UK ARENA TOUR IN 2021

They’re back just in time for the festive season and behind Essential Advent Calendar door number 24! The nation’s favourite and most-loved musical duo Michael Ball and Alfie Boe join forces again for a magical new album ‘Together at Christmas’. They also announce a UK Arena tour in 2021, including a date at London’s O2 Arena on 19th December 2021. Tickets for the tour are available via www.LiveNation.co.uk.

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Essential Advent Calendar: December 23 – Americana Duo The Imaginaries Announce “Hometown Christmas” Holiday Collaboration

Oklahoma’s favourite Americana husband / wife duo, The Imaginaries, Shane Henry (guitar, vocals) and Maggie McClure (keys, piano, vocals), are behind the door on December 23 of our Essential Advent Calendar, singing their song, ‘Hometown Christmas’.

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Essential Advent Calendar: December 22 – Zealandia Angel Releases CHRISTMAS DREAMS

Behind door number 22 we find Zealandia Angel’s Christmas 2020 release , ‘Christmas Dreams’.

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Essential Advent Calendar: December 21 – Kelly Clarkson And Brett Eldridge Get Cosy ‘Under The Mistletoe’

Kelly Clarkson and Brett Eldridge are getting cosy on Day 20 of the Essential Advent Calendar, with their new duet, ‘Under The Mistletoe’. You can stream and download the track here.

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Essential Advent Calendar: December 20 – Carly Rae Jepsen Releases New Holiday Song “It’s Not Christmas Till Somebody Cries”

On Day 20 of The Essential Advent Calendar, pop dynamo Carly Rae Jepsen brings some much-needed Yuletide cheer a little early with her cheeky new song “It’s Not Christmas Till Somebody Cries,” out on 604/Schoolboy/Interscope Records. The snappy, synthy jingle—which grapples with vegan boyfriends, political uncles, and grandpas on edibles—sees the Grammy-nominated star doing what she does best: finding the joy in every situation, even when tears are falling. “It’s Not Christmas Till Somebody Cries” is available now at all digital retailers.

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Essential Advent Calendar: December 19 – A TORI KELLY CHRISTMAS

We’re hitting the home stretch with day 19 of the Essential Advent Calendar. Behind today’s door is Tori Kelly, with her first-ever holiday album – ‘A Tori Kelly Christmas’. She teamed up with 11-time GRAMMY winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Scooter Braun as executive producers for the album. She previously gave fans a taster of the album by releasing “Let It Snow” ft. Babyface. Listen to “Let It Snow” here.

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Essential Advent Calendar: December 18 – Meghan Trainor’s First Christmas Album ‘A Very Trainor Christmas’

Day 18 of our Essential Advent Calendar and GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor has released her first-ever Christmas album, A Very Trainor Christmas, via Epic Records.

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Essential Advent Calendar: December 17 – ‘CHRISTMASTIDE’ THE BRAND-NEW FESTIVE EP FROM TORI AMOS

Day 17 on the Essential Advent Calendar, and we have celebrated singer-songwriter Tori Amos, who released her brand new festive EP, ‘Christmastide’ on December 4, via Decca Records, a special collection of four original tracks to celebrate the holiday season with her fans.

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Essential Advent Calendar: December 16 – Greg Lake ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’ 4K Restored Version Of The Original Promo Video

It’s December 16 and behind today’s door is the classic, ‘I Believe in Father Christmas’ by Greg Lake, which was re-released for Christmas 2020 thanks to the restoration of the original video to 4K. The featured audio in the video is the 2015 master of the original 1975 single version.

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Essential Advent Calendar: December 15 – Lauren Calve’s Original Song “Christmas Is Where The Heart Is”

Americana storyteller, singer, and songwriter Lauren Calve released her original holiday track, “Christmas Is Where The Heart Is” back in November, but we’ve held off talking about it, because we felt it deserved a spot in our Essential Advent Calendar.

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Essential Advent Calendar: December 14 – New Music from Independent: Melxdie (“mel-o-dy”), “YOU”

It’s the 14th door on our Essential Advent Calendar, December 14, and behind it we find Melxdie (“mel-o-dy”), an emerging pop singer currently bringing her new Christmas anthem ‘YOU’ to the global stage.

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Essential Advent Calendar: December 13 – Chilly Gonzales, Jarvis Cocker & Feist reveal rendition of Purple Mountains’ ‘Snow Is Falling In Manhattan’. ‘A very chilly christmas’ out now

It’s December 13 on the Essential Advent Calendar and Chilly Gonzales has revealed a stunning rendition of Purple Mountains’, ‘Snow Is Falling In Manhattan’, ft. Jarvis Cocker & Feist, taken from his new album ‘A very chilly christmas’. From feudal oldies to newer holiday pop canon, ‘A very chilly christmas’ surveys a broad scope of seasonal repertoire and sentiment.

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Essential Advent Calendar: December 12 – PENTATONIX RELEASE NEW HOLIDAY ALBUM ‘WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS’

We open the 12th door on The Essential Advent Calendar, to see three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling artist Pentatonix releasing their sixth holiday album, ‘We Need A Little Christmas’.

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Essential Advent Calendar: December 11 – KELLY FINNIGAN (MONOPHONICS) DROPS NEW HOLIDAY LP “A JOYFUL SOUND”

It’s December 11, the 11th door is open on our Essential Advent Calendar, and Kelly Finnigan (singer/songwriter/producer of the soul band Monophonics) releases his new holiday-inspired soul album ‘A Joyful Sound’ via Colemine Records. All 11 of these new tracks were written or co-written by Kelly and hearken back to the golden age of soul, albeit with a positive holiday lean.

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Essential Advent Calendar: December 10 – Olivia Lane Ushers In the Holiday Spirit with ‘Feeling Like Christmas’

It’s December 10, and with it the 1oth door of our Essential Advent Calendar. The uncertainty of this chaotic year couldn’t keep Olivia Lane from “Feeling Like Christmas.” The sanguine, soulful country songwriter has released her first original holiday song, with an official music video.

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Essential Advent Calendar: December 9 – North Pole Punk Rock Supergroup THE MYRRHDERERS Release Debut EP ‘The Myrrhderers Sleigh Christmas’

It’s Day 9 of the Essential Advent Calendar, and we present to you The Myrrhderers (pronounced “The Murderers”), a punk supergroup featuring prominent members of the North Pole underground music scene.

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Essential Advent Calendar: December 8 – Annie Lennox releases single “Dido’s Lament” taken from the 10th Anniversary re-issue of her “A Christmas Cornucopia” album

We’re up to the 8th day of our Essential Advent Calendar, and one of the most successful, iconic and revered artists in pop music history, Annie Lennox – with over 83 million albums sold – is in the spotlight once again.

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Essential Advent Calendar: December 7 – Multi-Platinum Artist, Producer, And Singer-Songwriter Tyler Shaw Gets Into The Holiday Spirit With ‘Maybe This Christmas’, Via Sony Music

Multi-platinum artist, producer, and singer-songwriter Tyler Shaw comes bearing gifts on Day 7 of our Essential Advent Calendar, with a cover of the Christmas classic, ‘Maybe This Christmas’ – originally by fellow Canadian Ron Sexsmith – via Sony Music.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 6 – Mylo Rhodes ‘I Love Christmas (Almost As Much As I Love You’

It’s December 6 and as we open the 6th door we find independent singer songwriter Mylo Rhodes, who has released what should become a Christmas standard, with his song, ‘I Love Christmas Almost As Much As I Love You’. Rhodes’ aim is to get the track into the top spot on the charts this Christmas, and with some positive press under his belt so far, it seems possible that this could happen.

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