Christmas song ‘Woolly Jumpers’ Released

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Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Wendy Jack releases instant Christmas classic ‘Woolly Jumpers’ via Bandcamp and all streaming services on Nov 29.

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Fresh from being recently awarded runner up in the highly prestigious (and hugely competitive) International Songwriting Competition for her track ‘90 Degrees,’ Dungannon, Co. Tyrone-bred and Rathlin Island based artist Wendy Jack unveils an instant festive favourite for the Christmas season in the form of ‘Woolly Jumpers’ on Nov 29 and it’s a tune that’s as sweet as a selection box. 

A crowd pleasing sonic tonic that will warm your proverbial cockles during these chilly months, this live favourite was actually written, like some of the most famous seasonal songs, in January when the adventurous tunesmith returned to a wintery Ireland, as she explains:

“I wrote ‘Woolly Jumpers’ when I returned to Ireland after a seasonal trip to Namibia in a very hot sunny Southern Africa. I never thought I’d write a Christmas song as such… but it seemed to just write itself. It’s about celebrating all the cool and quirky things that happen in winter in Ireland and Christmas traditions are a big part of that, whether you actively celebrate Christmas as a religious festival or not.

“When writing it I was thinking of all the things that make this time of year special. Cold days, warm nights, misty breath, crunchy grass, iconic Christmas songs, winter solstice, the race for a Christmas number one in the charts, just wanting to hibernate and let it pass, missing loved ones… and, of course, everybody wearing cosy, hug-able woolly jumpers and I don’t just mean all those crazy Christmas Jumpers.”

Recorded in producer Declan Legge’s Big Space Studios, the song caps off a memorable year for Wendy that saw the release of her first album Sunsets which includes the critically acclaimed previous single ‘90 Degrees.’ 

A track that tackles environmental issues close to her heart and uses Facebook comments as lyrical fuel, it marks the second time that Jack has been awarded runner up in the International Songwriting Competition (her first was for debut single ‘Sunsets’).

“It’s a real honour to be given such an accolade, especially considering the number of talented people who enter this competition from all over the world,” she says. “Being recognised in this way definitely spurs me on to keep working at and improving my technical skills as a professional songwriter and it definitely helps me get my songs out to more listeners.”

‘Woolly Jumpers’ is released on Bandcamp and all streaming services on Nov 29.

Praise for Wendy Jack

“Jack’s imitable croon creates worlds and stories you could get lost in.” Hot Press magazine

“[Sunsets is]…a strong and infectious debut from Wendy Jack. Good lyric, melody and hook, strong performance, the emotion is there too, and high production values. In my experience, these are the kind of ingredients that help jump you up the airplay queue in radio land…” Liam Merriman, The Green Room on WLRFM.

“I think ‘Woolly Jumpers’ is a very, very good Christmas song. I think it should be up there with the Pogues”  Errol Doherty, QRadioNetwork

New International Songwriting Award for ’90 Degrees’

Wendy’s retrospective album has now produced 2 award winning songs in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition. Songs are judged on their creativity, originality, lyrics, melody, arrangement and overall likability. Production / recording quality and vocal ability are not criteria. This makes the award all the more special for recognising the art of song writing.

Watch the new video and listen to ’90 Degrees’ here:

Not content with one mention in the International Songwriting Competition (for title track ‘Sunsets’), Wendy’s song ‘90 Degrees’ has also just been awarded runner up in this year’s contest. She is humbled to once again be included alongside some giants of music making.  

“It’s a real honour to be given such an accolade, especially considering the number of talented people who enter this competition from all over the world,” she says. “Being recognised in this way definitely spurs me on to keep working at and improving my technical skills as a professional songwriter. It also really helps me get my songs out to more listeners. As an artist though, I do believe that all creativity has merit and the best reward is always when someone really connects with my music on a personal level.”

Read the fascinating story behind the song in the article below:

Thank-you to everyone for reading, listening, watching, sharing and buying my music. Receiving this new international songwriting award is brilliant, but it would mean very little without your continued support.

Go raibh maith agaibh !!

90 Degrees – video premiere!!!

This October will see the release of the single ’90 Degrees’ accompanied by a brand new video!!

Subscribe to the wendyjackmusic youtube channel and be part of this LIVE video premiere.

Coinciding with a surge in activism and awareness of climate change and environmental issues (spear headed by inspirational young activists such as Greta Thunberg) it seems like the right time to put this song and video out into the world.

90 Degrees is a song about climate change, consumerism, and our corrupt economic and political system… More info and full story behind the song: https://wendyjackmusic.com/90-degrees/