Happy New Year! These last few years have felt crazy at times; so much has happened and changed. I especially love the New Year because it always feels like a time to reflect on everything from this past year and be grateful for my family, friends, and community. For this first month of 2022, I thought it best to pick songs that captures all the emotions that I feel to help us reflect on the past year while celebrating the new year! The sentiment, love, and joy of the time spent with family and loved ones are all present in each song.
A centuries old Scottish farewell folk song,Auld Lang Syneis a sentimental and beautiful tale of celebrating friendship as you part ways. Revered as Scotland’s greatest parting song, Peter Hollens, Evynne Hollens, and Anna Gilbert’s version ofAuld Lang Syne, with new lyrics from Anna, is sure to highlight all of the tender moments of friendship and forging new paths. Their gentle harmonic blend of voices embodies the true meaning of the song; honoring the traditional lyrics while incorporating new to represent the bright new future ahead.
The impactful tale of what’s really important in life is given a fun, family and friends filled twist, as Peter Hollens sings alongside hundreds of his Patrons inFrom Now On,from the hit musicalThe Greatest Showman! The popular musical inspired by P.T. Barnum’s carnival, Peter’s powerful voice serves as the poignant reminder to love and prioritize what’s truly important in your life, to find your light in the dark. With strong harmonies from all the wonderful Patrons as they sing in unity alongside Peter help carry the significance of the song home.
Whenever you’re in need of a laugh while simultaneously admiring the talent of five amazing singers, Home Free’s a cappella version ofNever Gonna Give You Up, is just the thing to help ring in your New Year! All five men do an outstanding job of showing off their sweet dance moves with their marvelous vocals; from Rob Lundquist’s incredible solo to Adam Rupp’s perfect replication of the famous drums in the song, this lively rendition will keep you dancing into the New Year!
Fight Song’smessage of believing in yourself and discovering the strength you hold is performed effortlessly by Evynne Hollens! Her breathtaking voice is gentle and sweet as she sings each line with love and gratitude for all the strong women she has in her life. Evynne’s dynamic belt at the end captures the importance of having faith in yourself and others in good times and bad. This musical journey of self-confidence, self-love and appreciation for those in your life is what we should all carry into our new year.
Upbeat, exciting, and a great representation of New Years all in the title,Firework is a Katy Perry classic! Peter Hollens did this song almost 11 years ago, being one of the first videos on his channel! His high notes explode with talent and audible representation of fireworks, Peter’s version ofFirework is the perfect sing-along-song this holiday! All about being inspired to be your true self and enjoy life,Firework is a great reminder to bring into the New Year as new beginnings and exciting opportunities lie ahead.
The final song to round off the playlist,I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, is a timeless modern gospel of finding meaning in life–but realizing that the journey to find it is the real message. Peter Hollens sings with both collaborators and fans alike as Home Free and Patrons encompass the sense of community the song reminds us is the most important. A powerful and sentimental reminder as we celebrate another year passed,I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, is an expression of love, gratitude, and unity, that Peter and Home Free illustrate in their clean harmonies and thoughtful dynamics.
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