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Jody Byrd reels in the magic of Christmas on beautiful new single
(Published: December 09, 2020)

"And it takes me back to a time when everything is new," sings Jody Byrd on his new single "Wintertime." Perhaps the same can be said of his Yuletide sentiments in the track, which reel in the sweetest of Christmas memories and makes them feel like newly-minted experiences.

There is a magical aura around the holiday that is irresistible and timeless, which is beautifully captured by Byrd here. This is no cover, no warmed-over version of a standard beaten senseless by countless karaoke renditions.

Byrd, who is also the lead singer and founder of the Southwest Biscuit Company, breathes new life in Xmas music by returning it to its roots: its joyful, youthful exuberance. Byrd's soulful croon echoes Frank Sinatra at his most blue-eyed and soulful. He sings with passion and depth.

In the opening of the tune, Byrd's vocals have a cinematic allure; one can already imagine the colorful tree lights illuminating snow-covered homes as soon as he begins convey his postcard images of the season. His voice is warm and soothing; it's like a cup of hot chocolate on a chilly evening.

When "Wintertime" picks up the tempo, Byrd radiates the swing and swagger of Sinatra in his prime. This is vintage vocal jazz lovingly produced by Paul Ottinger (who also mixed, engineered, and mastered it). Carey Frank's piano evolves from a scenic December ballad to an upbeat jam, brimming with sparkling melodies. The pulsating bass of Dustin Morgan and robust drumming by Kevin Stevens echo the dazzling, emotionally uplifting mood of Christmas like few can these days.

"Wintertime" delivers the gift of gorgeous music to help end an icy, challenging year.

More Information: http://jodybyrd.bandcamp.com/track/wintertime


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