Jamie Cullum today unveils ‘Hang Your Lights’, the latest single from his forthcoming festive collection The Pianoman At Christmas. Drawing listeners into a world imbued with seasonal sophistication, ‘Hang Your Lights’ marries Jamie’s sharp songwriting and rich vocal tone with the joyful fusion of a raucous and razor sharp big band.
Speaking on ‘Hang Your Lights’, Jamie said –
“In spite of the absence of good news right now I bring you “Hang Your Lights”. An original Christmas song inspired by the big band electricity of Ray Charles and the groove and energy of Louis Prima. It’s a song I wrote in isolation, brought to life by the genius arranging skills of Tom Richards and played by some of the greatest musicians in the world. It was cut live and has a rapturous momentum that is hard to deny. I loved recording this tune, it’s one of the most joyous bits of music creating I’ve ever been a part of. I hope it brings a little light in this strange and difficult time. Sent with love!”
Jamie’s most ambitious album so far, The Pianoman At Christmas features 10 original songs played by 57 of Britain’s best musicians, was recorded in Abbey Road‘s famous Studio 2 and is produced by Greg Wells whose The Greatest Showman soundtrack spent 28 weeks at number 1. The Pianoman At Christmas is set to become a timeless Christmas staple after its release on 20th November via Island Records. ‘Hang Your Lights’ joins recent release ‘Turn On The Lights’ on the album, with both singles marking an exciting taste of what’s to come from the project.
Speaking on the album, Jamie said –
“So much of the Christmas music we all love is stuffed full of all the things I am really drawn to in songs. Our ears seem ready from December onwards for big bands, huge orchestras, beautiful chord changes and focused, timeless lyrics. It is a world of classic songwriting that I have been operating in since the beginning of my career. So I set myself the task to try and write ten, original Christmas songs that used these skills and obsessions to create something uncynical and adventurous, full of the joys and complexities of the season, that could be something you feel like reaching for every year. I have been so lucky that every corner of this record has been touched by the world’s best – from the legendary Studio 2 at Abbey Road, to the engineers, the arrangers, the producer and mixer. I hope the care, attention to detail and sheer joy that we put into this record will bring a little magic this Christmas.”