Saturday, June 22, 2024

Make the Yuletide gay (or lesbian) with these two Christmas albums

Mary Lambert, and Tegan and Sara, bring us joyful tidings with music perfect for the Holidays.

Happy Holigays

Grammy-nominated Mary Lambert, the voice of Macklemore’s triple-platinum “Same Love,” is releasing a holiday EP with covers of classics such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and originals, as only Mary can create them, such as the single, “Seasonal Depression,” a song about the necessary self-are at a difficult time of year.  

Mary has revealed her own mental health journey around her bipolar disorder and true to the singer-songwriter’s signature honesty, she doesn’t shy away from the issue just because this is a Christmas album.  

Happy Holigays was produced and engineered by Mary at home under lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic. While in quarantine, Mary experienced anxiety at being in a higher-risk group for contracting Covid-19, and making an album seemed like an act of self-care as well as artistry.

“I wrote ‘Seasonal Depression’ after I received a phone call from a friend who was experiencing suicidal thoughts. I planned on writing a classic Christmas song, and ended up writing a song about eating snacks and crying! I guess this is the effect of the trash fire of 2020,” says Mary.

“Christmas Cookies” features Mary’s partner, a nonbinary professor in a country music inspired duet. “Wyatt and I play music all the time together, and I thought their voice would sound perfect in the song. We were dying of laughter while recording, so I included some of that in the actual track,” says Mary.

The EP is satisfying in a more traditional way, too, with some classic Christmas covers, some piano, and an operatic rendition of “Ave Maria” with longtime collaborator and best friend, Tim Mendonsa on guitar. 

Pre-order Happy Holigays here.

Happiest Season

Facet Records / Warner Records proudly present the Happiest Season soundtrack, executive produced by GRAMMY Award-nominated songwriter and Facet Records co-founder Justin Tranter (Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Bebe Rexha, The Chicks)

In celebration of the queer community, and this film which is arguably the first-ever queer romantic holiday movie, written and directed by Clea DuVall, eleven tracks feature LGBTQ+ songwriters or artists. The star-studded tracklist including Sia, LP, Tegan and Sara and more. 

“There are LGBTQ artists and/or songwriters on every original song,” says Justin Tranter. “The soundtrack’s focus is on LBTQ women to pay tribute to the brilliant queer woman who co-wrote and directed the movie. I hope we did you proud Clea!”  


  1. Anne-Marie – “Think of Christmas”
  2. Bebe Rexha & Shea Diamond – “Blame It on Christmas”
  3. BAYLI– “Jingle Bells”
  4. Shea Diamond – “Mrs. Claus”
  5. Jake Wesley Rogers – “O Holy Night”
  6. Sia – “Candy Cane Lane”
  7. Brandy Clark – “Only Time of Year”
  8. kennedi – “Christmas Morning”
  9. Carlie Hanson – “Chosen Family”
  10. Tegan and Sara – “Make You Mine This Season”
  11. LP – “Silent Night”

Pre-order Happiest Season here and get “Make You Mine This Season” here. 

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