Yes, I know the holiday season is over, but this holiday song is one that can last past December 25th. McKenna said to Garden & Gun, “My favorite Christmas songs growing up were always the ones that didn’t seem like full-on holiday songs.” She ended up writing one herself. “Mama’s Cooking” is about coming home for the holidays and getting back together with family, and like McKenna says so well, “there’s peace on earth in a tinsel world” when a family is together again.
2. “Convenient” by Emma White
There is nothing Emma White does better than writing killer acoustic breakup songs. “Convenient” is one of her best. White conveys and criticizes a man’s intentions regarding love and relationships. She paints a clear image with her words of a woman who loves this man a little too much, and the man who doesn’t care enough.
3. “Perfect Places (Live From BBC Radio 2) — First Aid Kit
Listen to a preview of this song on SoundCloud, and then go listen to the complete recording on Spotify. Our favorite Swedish Americana duo took on Lorde’s “Perfect Places,” to thepop star’s approval! First Aid Kit’s record Ruins comes out later this month, so be on the lookout for that.
4. “The First To Break” — Liz Bissonette
20 year old Liz Bissonette, who gained popularity in 2016 when she sang with Kelsea Ballerini, is heading into 2018 strong. She posted this song on SoundCloud at the end of 2017, and it’s a beautiful little track. Her writing is impressive, especially for someone who writes mainly by herself, and she experiments with the production more than she has on her previous releases. Hopefully 2018 will bring more music from Bissonette.
5. “Come Back” — Courtney Cole
The great thing about Courtney Cole’s break from officially releasing music for purchase is that we get an inside look into her evolution as an artist. “Come Back” is Cole’s boldest foray into pop music, and she plays the part very well. She belts as well as Demi Lovato when singing about a man who frustratingly comes back into her life just as she thinks she’s gotten over him.