If you’re a fan of Christmas music, and are in need of something new this year to put into the pile of festive classics, we’ve got the perfect suggestion for you! Nancy Hays has teamed up with her family to bring us a series of line-dancing style Christmas tracks – joined by daughters Mary and Caroline and her fiddle playing son, Matthew, the family create a sound and feeling that belongs in a family home this Christmas.
The first track, ‘Light in the Winter’, contains a message of faith, love and community with an upbeat rhythm that keeps your interest. Composer of the track, Michael Mahler, arranges the family into a four part harmony that results in a fantastic vocal match for the music. Alongside a video that shows Nancy Hays and the Heffernans celebrating Christmas over the years, enforcing the family feel that the lyrics create. With radio plays in Nashville and Opryland, it’s a country festive track that is growing in popularity.
The second release is a brilliant remake of the American classic, Mr. Sandman by The Chordettes, titled ‘Mr. Santa’. Sung with a childlike spirit to this special day, it gained popularity when Nancy performed in Las Vegas during The Dance Explosion event in front of 2,000 spectators. This resulted in Nashville’s The Heartland Network and morning news channels across the country showing the music video on air, which was directed, shot and edited by Nancy’s other son, Edward.
The third track, ‘Two Step Round the Christmas Tree’ shows a global reach for the song, with dancers from all over the world using the dance that was choreographed for the track by Jo Thompson Szymanki and Norm Gifford. With dancers hailing from Australia, US, UK and Japan, it’s a song that is for anyone with a country twist that needs to be added to the playlist!
The final release, ‘Christmas Time’s a Comin’ completes a series of line-dancing Christmas tracks that are sure to get you into the spirit this year. With fiddle playing and family harmonies this is yet another great release from Nancy and her family that deserves your attention and support.
Alongside her family releases, Nancy Hays has also come out with her very own Christmas release with ‘I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day’, which follows the same fantastic quality and message that her family music did. Undoubtedly worth your time, you can find these tracks available online on all streaming platforms, and in the links below. Dive right into this and do not miss out!