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Kate Magdalena 2020 Holiday Release - “In the Bleak Midwinter”

The Holly & the Ivy is New Holiday Release for Magdalena, Adding to 2020 Christmas EP

(Sebastopol, CA)

Kate Magdalena has just released “The Holly & the Ivy”, a lush, traditional English carol, adding to last year’s holiday EP Release “In the Bleak Midwinter,” containing 6 carols, including “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” “The Christmas Song,” “The Cherry Tree Carol,” and other beloved carols.

“Lovely song, so beautifully done. Kate’s lyrical interpretation and vocal strengths render these verses in a powerful and wonderfully stated way!”

All of this music was produced by Billy Smiley in Franklin, Tennessee, and features Byron House on bass, Brennan Smiley and Tom Henby on guitar, Blair Masters on keyboard, and Jared Kneale on drums. Kate hopes to decorate your house with her glistening holiday sounds to brighten your holiday season!

“Kate’s voice quite literally sweeps you away. So precise and lilting, with such vocal range and control, otherworldly and ethereal, I can see her in a castle somewhere on an Irish hillside singing....”

About Kate Magdalena

Kate Magdalena is an independent singer-songwriter out of the San Francisco Bay Area, and recently Nashville, TN. Most at home in folk-pop, she calls her genre ‘Timely Americana’, as she is inspired to write for the particular times in which we live. Kate was selected by BWH Music, (Austin) in both 2020 and 2021 as a Women to Watch: Best Female Independent Artists, and her recent album “The Water Is Wide” was awarded Best Album in Adult Contemporary in the 2020 W.A.M. Awards. The album, released in August 2020, contains 9 songs of water and land, including the iconic covers “Downtown” and “I Know A Heartache When I See One,” as well as several originals, most notably “The Waking” a setting of the poem by Theodore Roethke. On this album is also Magdalena’s political song “Backstory” about some of what we are now living through. Kate is dedicated to using her music as an art form that can and must bring about awareness, and ultimately change.

In November 2019 Kate Magdalena released her second album with Grammy nominated producer Billy Smiley (Johnny Cash, WhiteHeart, Clay Aiken) “A Larger Dance” with singles “Be the Lark,” “New Earth,” “Battle Hymn,” and “Streets of Any Town.”. The full album includes songs by Joan Armatrading, Leonard Cohen, Sinead O’Connor, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. The title track “A Larger Dance” was just awarded a “Best Song” Silver Medal in the 2021 W.A.M. Awards for Adult Contemporary Music.

Kate’s first album “Acquainted With the Night” was released in 2018 and contains the song “United (to Save the World)” (featured in the album “Peace Street” by BWH Music. Kate released an EP for Christmas 2020 called “In the Bleak Midwinter,” with 6 carols and her new carol for 2021 “The Holly and the Ivy” will add to nicely to that holiday collection. She is also now releasing singles from her next EP “CANYONLANDS” expected in the first part of 2022. Kate lives happily ever after with her husband Randall both in Northern California and Franklin, TN.

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