In 2020 Victoria; bushfires soared, a global pandemic raged, and the world’s strictest physical isolation measures forced Melbournians inside. For Melbourne based singer-songwriter Laura Ingram, her Christmas wish is simple; to see state borders re-open so she may return to her hometown of Canberra to spend Christmas with her family.
With her Christmas prayers answered, Ingram returns to Canberra to celebrate the release of her double A-side of ‘Home for Christmas’ / ‘Christmas Eve’.
In the tradition of the great holiday records by artists such as Donny Hathaway, Mel Torme and Nat King Cole; “Home For Christmas” is romantic and nostalgic. Although the summer-tinged piece depicts the quintessential Australian Christmas celebration, Ingram’s lyrics capture the story of thousands stranded globally, unable to see loved ones throughout the COVID-19 catastrophe. The soulful B-side, “Christmas Eve”, pleads for a return to childhood optimism, reminding us to embrace the joy and magic of the season.
‘Home For Christmas’ is the follow up to Laura’s much-loved debut single ‘Valentine’s Day'. Released in February, her national tour was cancelled due to the COVID lockdown after one sold-out performance in Canberra. From her inner-north apartment in Melbourne, she then created the ‘Iso-Sessions’, a live visual album paying homage to her favourite songwriters including Stevie Wonder and Kate Bush.
The newest addition to the Christmas canon, “Home For Christmas” fuses her soul, alt-country and pop influences with her own brand of empowering lyrics. Written by Laura Ingram, ‘Home for Christmas’ was recorded at Aviary studios (as soon as lockdown was lifted) with multi-award-winning producer Nick Edin (Matt Joe Gow, Gretta Ray).
Returning home to promote this latest single and reunite with friend and family, Ingrams powerful and intimate performance is not one to be missed.
PRAISE FOR LAURA INGRAM
‘One of Canberra’s finest soul exports’ – Hayden Fritzlaff, RiotACT
‘thick with smoke haze and the slow burning vibes of Laura's performance’ - Dave Ruby Howe, Triple J
‘An Amy Winehouse vibe’ – Nkechi Anele, Triple J
‘Gorgeous’ - Sarah Howells, Double J