Shar­ing the sea­son through song

Coun­try group The Se­crets release Christ­mas al­bum

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@CBN­com­pass.ca

For singer Terri Lynn Eddy of Sibley’s Cove, Christ­mas is her favourite time of the year.

“It’s the time where all the fam­ily comes to­gether and you get to see all your friends that have moved away,” she told The Com­pass last week while on her way to a gig in La­ma­line on the Burin Penin­sula. “It’s just a great time to re­flect on what you have and be grate­ful for ev­ery­thing that’s hap­pened in my life.”

Eddy and her band­mates in the coun­try group The Se­crets — Karla Pil­grim and Renée Bat­ten — re­cently got to chan­nel that love for the hol­i­days into a new al­bum of Christ­mas tunes.

“We Wish You a Very Coun­try Christ­mas With The Se­crets” fea­tures 11 songs, rang­ing from old stan­dards like “Away in a Manger” and “Lit­tle Drum­mer Boy” to sea­sonal songs pop­u­lar­ized by coun­try record­ing artists, such as “Ken­tucky Home­made Christ­mas (Kenny Rogers) and “Mem­ory of an Old Christ­mas Card” ( Jim Reeves).

Re­mark­ably, the turn­around on making this al­bum was swift. Aside from “Ken­tucky Home­made Christ­mas,” recorded and re­leased as a sin­gle to ra­dio in 2014, each track was recorded live dur­ing a sin­gle ses­sion in early Novem­ber.

“This al­bum really re­flects what we are live,” said Eddy. “We went in and we recorded the whole thing in six hours. It’s just live off the floor — my­self, Karla and Renée with two gui­tarists and three vo­cal­ists, and we did it all through two mi­cro­phones.”

The fact the al­bum was recorded so quickly should not leave one think­ing not a pol­ished al­bum. The per­for­mances are tight through­out, with the stripped-down ar­range­ments giv­ing the vo­cal­ists plenty of room to let loose. Some of the songs were al­ready part of the band’s reper­toire, in­clud­ing “Go Tell it on the Moun­tain” and “Christ­mas in Dixie,” with oth­ers re­hearsed prior to the record­ing ses­sion.

Eddy’s ca­reer per­form­ing in pub­lic dates back to the late 1990s when she was only 15. A sea­soned pro on the stage, her re­la­tion­ship with some of th­ese songs stretches well back into her youth.

“’Silent Night’ is a song I’ve been singing all my life. Ever since I was a lit­tle girl, I’m sure at some point in time I sang that at a con­cert in school, and over the hol­i­days I al­ways per­formed in the kitchen for ev­ery­body.”

As for the songs on this record­ing, Eddy is most proud of their work on “Christ­mas Come On,” an orig­i­nal se­lec­tion writ­ten by Green’s Har­bour song­writer Dawn Trainor-Thom­son. The song touches on loss and res­onates emo­tion­ally for Bat­ten and Pil­grim, both of whom have been af­fected by a par­ent’s death.

“It makes them feel good to be able to talk about it,” said Eddy. “That song really hits home for us.”

Be­yond the release of the new Christ­mas al­bum, The Se­crets have plenty of live dates booked for 2016, and a trip to Nashville is sched­uled for next Fe­bru­ary to work on songs for the band’s next al­bum. Their de­but al­bum, “Break Even,” was re­leased last year and earned the group an East Coast Mu­sic Awards nom­i­na­tion.

“We Wish You a Very Coun­try Christ­mas With The Se­crets” can be pur­chased in St. John’s at O’Briens Mu­sic and Fred’s Records.

This al­bum really re­flects what we are live. Terri Lynn Eddy

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO BY ERIN O’MARA

New­found­land coun­try group The Se­cret re­cently re­leased a Christ­mas al­bum — “We Wish You a Very Coun­try Christ­mas With The Se­crets.” The trio is com­prised of, from the left, Renée Bat­ten, Terri Lynn Eddy and Karla Pil­grim.

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