The only way to truly get a feel for Judith Owen and Harry Shearer’s annual Christmas performances is to actually go to one one, they say. For those unable to attend, the pair’s new EP “Christmas Without Tears” serves as a stand-in. The six-track collection premieres today on Speakeasy.
The EP features three studio recordings—Owen sings two, Shearer and a cast of guests sing the other—and three songs from a performance last year in Los Angeles: one each from Catherine O’Hara, Fred Willard and Amy Engelhardt. “I always write the really Welsh break-your-heart stuff, which is the stuff about memories of childhood and missing your family and the things that meant a lot to you as a kid,” says Owen, a singer and songwriter who contributes “The Best Things” and “(I’ll Sing) Silent Night for You.” “And Harry would always come up with some horrendously funny and politically incorrect song that was fantastic. I think we’ve really captured it with the three songs we’ve done.”
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It would’ve been the Albert Hall had Bryan Ferry not fallen ill and cancelled at the last minute. Instead, singer Judith Owen, who was supposed to be opening that night, took a crowd back to her home.
“That’s not normally how I am, I’m kind of OCD! But actually what happened was one of the most fun evenings of my life. People rarely get to be involved in that if they’re not musicians. It felt looser, more focused on the songs and the camaraderie”
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Go to Rolling Stone and check out the official premiere of “Too Many Notes” (ft. Jane Lynch, Alice Russell, and Davell Crawford), off the upcoming Christmas Without Tears EP! Included in this premiere is an interview that Harry & I did with Rolling Stone, we talk about the upcoming Christmas Without Tears Tour and EP!
The Christmas Without Tears EP will be available in US & Canada on November 20th!
“First to the stage was the astoundingly talented Judith Owen, performing tracks from her latest album Ebb & Flow. The James Taylor and Carol King inspired singer songwriter spanned the rhythm and blues genre alongside her cellist, drummer and bassist, who she later revealed was the highly respected Leland Sklar. The famed bassist has played across 2,000 albums, for the likes of Phil Collins, Billy Cobham, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Jackson Browne, David Bowie, Ray Charles, B.B. King, The Doors and countless others. But name-dropping aside, there was not one artist on the stage that did not warrant their place in the spotlight.
Intertwining light-hearted chitchat into her set, Owen’s manner was spot on for Ferry’s largely grey-haired crowd. Her luxurious vocal acrobatics bore a minor resemblance to a velvety Stevie Nicks and her New Orleans style piano playing was sublime, singing songs of friendship and heartbreak.” Click HERE to read the full review!