Move over Mariah. 10 Australian women who also get festive for the holidays. Summer holidays.
Christmas time is upon us. A time when Mariah Carey, Michael Bublé and Bing Crosby get a huge thrashing the world over. But if you celebrate Christmas and you're searching for something a little sunnier and a tad more local, we have compiled a list of Christmas albums by Australian women for your listening pleasure. While you're mixing the seafood cocktail sauce for your prawns, or assembling a mango and raspberry pavlova, hit shuffle play on our Spotify Music Love Christmas Playlist. While the winter references may still be there, it's worthwhile knowing these women know what a hot Aussie Christmas Day entails! In no particular order, here is Music Love's list of 10 Aussie Women in Christmas Music.
1. Christine Anu
Props to Christine Anu who, in 2014 released an album called Island Christmas which features songs that tell of the unique Australian Christmas experience. In 2014, the Island Home singer told the Sydney Morning Herald "I can't erase my childhood [memories] of Christmas being in the summer, where it's pretty much a sensory overload of beautiful colour – everywhere. It's snowing jacarandas in my street. There's mangoes and watermelon, blueberries. All that colour. Then there's the smells of the beautiful flowers that blossom. The sound of the ocean, [then] the insects arrive, the cicadas.... It's so different [from the northern hemisphere]. We're all outdoors, we're not stuck up inside."
And the song How To Make Gravy is a must listen.
2. Kylie Minogue.
Kylie released a full length Christmas album called Kylie Christmas in 2015 and re-released it adding Snow Queen Edition in time for the hols this year. She recently played The Royal Albert Hall and brought sister Danni out to sing a song called 100 Degrees. She said to the sold out crowd, "I wanted to have a song on the Christmas album that talked about the heat. As an Aussie, I thought, I cannot have a Christmas album that doesn’t mention the blazing hot summer, so it was the perfect song to do with my sister." Featuring other duets with James Corden Iggy pop, and more her playful tone is perfect for the party season. The disco queen and former Neighbour's star has also produced a stack of Christmas singles and remixes. Party time.
3. Olivia Newton-John.
Our Olivia has just released her fourth Christmas album in time for Christmas 2016 called Friends For Christmas with touring buddy and equally iconic star John Farnham. Olivia has also released other holiday albums with Vince Gill and John Travolta. Olivia Festivia.
4. Gina Jeffreys
Australia's Queen of Country released a Christmas album called album Christmas Wish. " I just love Christmas time - the decorations, the music and everything that goes with it. [Husband] Rod and I usually get the guitar out on Christmas Day and sing Christmas songs for our families [and] we thought it would be a good idea to record some of those songs." The title track is an original song written by the couple.
4. Marina Prior.
If you are after something more traditional, Carols By Candlelight veteran Marina Prior released an album in 2014 called Candlelight Christmas featuring beautiful choirs and orchestral arrangements, and that soaring reverent voice.
Two Christmas albums under her belt. The first album Amazing Grace was released back in 2005. Her second is simply called Merry Christmas. The recently announced BODYGUARD THE MUSICAL star goes gospel and sings with conviction.
6. Ali McGregor
The jazz star hams it up in her jazzed-up Christmas collection called A Very Jazzamatazz Christmas. Smooth as the mayo in your seafood sauce and a lot of fun.
7. Delta Goodrem
Of course Delta has a Christmas album! Well, it's an EP titled Christmas, released in 2012 and featuring her personal five favourite tracks including Blue Christmas, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and O Holy Night. Delta is a regular at Carols by Candlelight and here is a video of the award-winning songstress singing Blue Christmas in 2012.
8. Katie Noonan.
Katie released a song for the Spirit of Christmas annual album called Maybe This Christmas. Katie produced the delicate ballad for herself and Tim Freedman who plays piano on the song. It's a beautiful Christmas cracker and it is the first song on our Music Love Christmas playlist. She has also released a track called Sonnet for Christmas that appears on her latest album With Love and Fury featuring by the Brodsky Quartet. Another Christmas release is found on this year's Spirit of Christmas released by the Salvation Army and sold only in Myer. The song is called Christmas on Corona Street. Equally as stunning, but not available to stream unfortunately. Off to Myer, then.
9. Jessica Mauboy
Jessica hasn't put out any solo Christmas albums, but goodness this woman has featured on so man Christmas compilations and is a regular at Carols at the Domain and other large scale holiday shows. She is also the current cover star of the Christmas edition of Australian Women's Weekly. Check out her cover of Rudolph on Sunrise from 2011.
10. Kate Miller-Heidke
Lastly, we cannot forget opera, pop and musical theatre star Kate Miller Heidke who teamed up with Australian band The Beards in 2015 to release a song that was nominated for a comedy award at this year's ARIAs called I'm growing a beard downstairs for Christmas. And we'll leave it there. Happy holidays!
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