Just in time for the holidays, Molly Burch has a Christmas album. The Austin-based singer-songwriter covers standards, including “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Hard Candy Christmas.”
“I’ve always wanted to do it,” Burch says. “I just think it’s a real classic thing for a vocalist to do.”
Burch, who has released two other albums, sees her Christmas album as a bold step – something unusual for a new artist.
Also unusual, and challenging, Burch says, was singing the ABBA song, “Happy New Year.”
“That was a big challenge vocally,” Burch says. “But it was just so fun. I love ABBA, so I was like, This has to be on there.”
There’s a Lone Star State connection to the album, too, though the song, “Snow Queen in Texas,” wasn’t written by a Texan.
“I love the Mamas and the Papas; I love that song. And it just felt like a cute little nod to me living in Texas,” Burch says.
She also wrote two songs for the album. She says she approached the Christmas album just as she would have a typical record, spending lots of time working on it and thinking about it while she was on tour through the Midwest.
“It’s been Christmas my whole year; it’s been great,” Burch says.
Molly Burch will perform in Austin on Dec. 13.
Written by Shelly Brisbin.