Sharing the season through song
Country group The Secrets release Christmas album
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
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.