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Essential Advent Calendar: December 1 – Drew Seely ‘Stowin’ Away (In Santa’s Sleigh)’

We find it hard to say this – but welcome to December! Any other year we’d ask, “where has this year gone?” but quite frankly, we’re glad to be seeing the back of it – and hopefully next year will bring some brighter days.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 25

The Essential Advent Calendar: Merry Christmas! Jedward Inspire Us To ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ As We Go Into The New Year And Decade

We’ve had The Essential Advent Calendar for a few years now and usually when it comes to December 25 we summarise the songs we’ve featured over advent. This year is going to be different. It’s the end of the decade. When we go back to reality after the Christmas/New Year period, and work out how to remember how to write the date, it’s no longer going to be the 20-teens, we’ll have entered the 2020s. And ultimately, it’s up to us to decide whether it’s going to be a time of prosperity and positivity or not: will we have a Roaring 2020s, or will we just go along with whatever is given to us, accepting it as our lot in life, no matter how miserable it makes us feel?

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 24

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 24 – Christmas Party Memories

It’s our second last door on the Essential Advent Calendar, and today we have some musical artists talking about their favourite Christmas party memories.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 23

#WHAMAGEDDON WARNING The Essential Advent Calendar: December 23 – WHAM!’S ICONIC ‘LAST CHRISTMAS’ TURNS 35 YEARS OLD – Limited Edition 7″ Vinyl Release

If you’re playing #Whamageddon look away now!

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 22

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 22 – LA Pop/Rock Songstress Alexa Villa Releases ‘Silent Night’ In Time For The Holidays

We’re racing towards the end of the Essential Advent Calendar for 2019 and door number 22 is concealing the new single from Los Angeles pop/rock singer, Alexa Villa, ‘Silent Night’.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 21

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 21 – Have Yourself a Very ‘Big Christmas’ With Exclusive Recordings from Global Artists

Door Number 21 finds Deezer’s festive release, ‘Big Christmas’. Featuring artists from all over the world, ‘Big Christmas’ includes artists from The UK, Australia, Mexico, France, Norway, and The Philippines, all putting their stamp on Christmas classics.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 20 – Robert O’Connor Releases ‘River’ Video For Christmas

Can you believe it’s already the 20th of December? Behind our 20th door is the wonderful Robert O’Connor, with the video for his festive track, ‘River’.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 19

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 19 – Wendi Harriott’s ‘Simply Christmas’ Is Filled With Classics

Door number 19 sees the wonderful Wendi Harriott, and her Christmas album, ‘Simply Christmas’.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 18

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 18 – SPiN Take A New Look At Christmas Classics With ‘Carol Of The Merry Gentlemen (What Child?)’

SPiN are behind door number 18 with their modern take on some classic Christmas songs. Check out ‘Carol of the Merry Gentlemen (What Child?)’, their mash up of ‘Carol Of The Bells’, ‘What Child Is This?’, ‘Ring Christmas Bells’, and ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 17

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 17 – The Rising Share The True Meaning Of Christmas With Seasonal Single ‘Christmas Brought You Here’

Behind door number 17 of The Essential Advent Calendar we have Belfast favourites, The Rising, with their seasonal release, ‘Christmas Brought You Here’.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 15

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 16 – Katie Melua Featuring Gori Women’s Choir ‘What A Wonderful World’

Door number 16 reveals ‘What A Wonderful World’ by the multi-award-winning artist Katie Melua, taken from her new limited edition ‘Live In Concert’ double album. Having previously topped the charts with her recording of the song with Eva Cassidy, on this ”magnificent and emotional” live version Katie is joined by the extraordinary voices of the Gori Women’s Choir.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 15

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 15 – Ryan Brahms Delivers A Refreshing And Passionate Holiday Single, ‘Christmas Morning’

Singer-songwriter and producer Ryan Brahms delivers a refreshing and passionate holiday single behind the 15th door on our Essential Advent Calendar.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 16

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 14 – ‘Alternative John Lewis Advert 2019’ From Ben Potts And Andy Green

Generating over 400,000 views since its arrival online in November, musicians Ben Potts and Andy Green from Sunderland and Newcastle are behind door number 14 of our Essential Advent Calendar, with their ‘Alternative John Lewis Advert 2019’.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 13

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 13 – BRISTOL DJ (and compiler of A Very Cherry Christmas) TO PLAY CHRISTMAS SONGS FOR 12 HOURS NON-STOP!

It’s Friday The 13th – unlucky for some, but not for Gareth Jones (a former DJ at Bristol’s Thekla and Bath’s Moles Club), who is behind our 13th door. Today Gareth shall be playing non-stop Christmas songs for 12 hours non-stop, at Bristol’s Stag & Hounds public house. The event aims to raise money for Save The Children, with people asked to donate via a text line, or wear a Christmas jumper to the event and pay £2.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 12

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 12 – Ingrid Michaelson Is ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ With Grace VanderWaal)

Door number 12 and we open to a return from Ingrid Michaelson! This time she’s joined by Grace VanderWaal, singing ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 11

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 11 – Jon Patrick Walker Pays Homage To John Lennon With ‘Happy Xmas (In The Edge Times)’

Who’s behind door number 11 in the Essential Advent Calendar? Why it’s Jon Patrick Walker with his song, ‘Happy Xmas (In The Times)’, a seasonal tune which you can easily imagine being part of a Broadway musical.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 10

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 10 – Ingrid Michaelson Duets With Jason Mraz On ‘Christmas Valentine’

Door 10 of our Essential Advent Calendar this year opens on Ingrid Michaelson, who duets with Jason Mraz on her new holiday single, ‘Christmas Valentine’. The singer songwriter has nine albums under her belt, and loves making music that people connect with – so it’s no wonder she loves Christmas music!

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 9

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 9 – Singing Star Jennifer Saran Releases New Single ‘(Don’t Let It Be) A Sad Ol’ Christmas’

Door number 9 of The Essential Advent Calendar reveals internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Jennifer Saran, revving up holiday spirits with a smashing new single, ‘(Don’t Let It Be) a Sad Ol’ Christmas’. Hot on the heels of her breakthrough jazz EP, ‘Smoky Nights’, the track was released December 6 via Tarpan Records.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 8

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 8 – Why Don’t We Is ‘With You This Christmas’

It’s the 8th door of our Essential Advent Calendar, and we open it to see Why Don’t We with their eleventh new song of 2019, ‘With You This Christmas’ – available now via Atlantic Records.

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The Essential Advent Calendar: December 7

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 7 – Little Mix Premiere Festive Video For ‘One I’ve Been Missing’

It’s December 7 and we ask that you all grab your eggnog and raise your glasses as the globe’s biggest girl group, Little Mix, on the release of their first ever Christmas song!

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