Leigh Nash

Album Title: Wishing for this EP
Release Date: December 2006
Genre: Pop/Folk
Normally we don't review EPs on Soul Shine because we want to check out the full concept of an album, but we made an exception for Leigh Nash as she had already released her stunningly awesome solo debut Blue on Blue and to US fans this delightful Wishing for this EP as a US stocking stuffer.

Getting some truly original Christmas music is hard, but Sufjan Stevens has done an excellent job with his box set release of the Christmas Album. Nash's voice glides over lyrics that reminisce the classics without pretension, "Baby it's Cold Outside" with Gabe Dixon had a Michael Bubl» feel to it, very smooth. Canadian Ron Sexsmith's song "Maybe This Christmas" was a great tribute to the song and inclusion of Canadian talent. Songs some may be unfamiliar with, like "Hard Candy Christmas" by Carol Hall does excellent work with slide guitar and a country tinge.

Nash has saved the two best for last, Kate York's "Eternal Gifts" and Leigh's original "Wishing for This" are absolutely exceptional, you need to hear these songs this Christmas. "Eternal Gifts" has the tag, "Santa knows what I want for Christmas, but Jesus knows what I need÷I need patience, kindness, virtues like these÷Santa may bring things that last for a year, but eternal gifts come from the Savior", brilliant. "Wishing for This" says "everybody's wearing two feet grins and checking off their wish lists/and I'm looking over mine/and it's obvious that I'm/hoping for something different/so drop your hands into this heart of mine/oh how it needs lifted/I want to forgive and I need to be forgiven, I want to let live and I need to do some livin/I want to find the light this Christmas night with you".

If you can, pick this great Christmas EP up, it's a great original mix of songwriters and lyrics bound to get you in the Christmas spirit this season.

For more information please visit www.myspace.com/leighnash.

Writer: Lindsay Whitfield

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