Emily Hackett Covers John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

Nashville-based country pop singer Emily Hackett recorded a cover of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” just in time for the holidays. “Recording this song has always been on my bucket list and the timing of it just seemed so appropriate with everything going on in the world this year.”

The cover showcases Emily’s voice perfectly, and the artwork, designed by Bo Rinehart of Needtobreathe, is special in its own right. “When I first started thinking about the artwork for this single, I knew I wanted something that felt real and raw and would have gotten a John Lennon stamp of approval,” Emily stated about the concept. “Both of us being Beatles fans, Bo and I were very familiar with Lennon’s trademark doodles. I thought nodding to that would be the best way to represent him and keep the focus on the message of the song.”

“I think the most important line in the song is conditional. War is over…..if we want it. It’s not an announcement, it’s something that is going to require a great deal of action. If we want peace, we are going to have to work at it and it takes practice. It’s still a work in progress.” – Bo Rinehart, Needtobreathe

Stream/purchase “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” by Emily Hackett

Emily’s latest single “Nostalgia” was recently added to rotation on Radio Disney Country via the Radio Disney app. The single’s official video has also seen success on CMT – the video earned Emily a spot on CMT’s Artist Discovery Program, where it received 6+ weeks of airplay on CMT Music – the video even made it on the fan-voted CMT’s 12 Pack Countdown, peaking at #7.

“The song looks backward lyrically, but the arrangement is purely contemporary, creating an interesting musical juxtaposition.” – Taste of Country 

“I loved the guitar loop we wrote it over,” Emily explains. “I couldn’t put a finger on it. It was just the way it sounded, I felt like I was in a scene from high school or something. It was nostalgic. But then I thought, what if we personified nostalgia? What if we gave that feeling a life? I said those first few words, ‘I’m the red balloon at the carnival,’ and next thing we knew it was 1AM and we had this song we were all obsessed with.” 

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About Emily Hackett

Emily Hackett speaks the truth. The singer/songwriter raised in Atlanta, GA pulls these emotions into her music, stirring in an authentic blend of self-deprecation that is both unique and refreshing. What poises her against the rest of the soul of fiery artist ready to light up the stage, all the while still as honest as her southern roots.

The result of Emily’s insatiable passion is undeniable. In the last few years, Emily has made a splash in the music scene releasing two EPs – As It Comes and Fury, Fear and Heartbreak. In 2013, Emily released an acoustic cover with Megan Davies of Lorde’s hit “Royals.” The response has brought in over half-a-million views on  Youtube, was featured on Buzzfeed, won “Best Coffeehouse Cover of 2013” on Sirius XM and reached the final round of “Best Royals Covers” on Ryan Seacrest. In 2014 Emily won the national Belk’s Modern Southern Music Showcase where she played tour dates with artists like Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Rascal Flatts. In the same line, her duet with Parachute frontman Will Anderson, “Take My Hand (The Wedding Song)” reached over 50k streams on Soundcloud in less than two months and peaked at the No. 4 spot on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. The music video for the single currently sits at over 15 million views.

There’s a compatibility between the novelty and depth found in Emily’s artistry. Her music has the power to transform listeners in a direction where many songwriters fear to tread. With her organic honesty and raw-honey vocals, it’s no wonder that the possibilities continue to unfurl for Emily Hackett.

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