Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Singer Patty Smyth back after long absence for 'Come On December'

I didn't discover this title was even out until a week ago. If you're a fan and still need some fresh holiday music, read on...

After helping define the 1980s new wave aesthetic with her band Scandal, singer-songwriter and performer, Patty Smyth, continued her triumphant run throughout the 1990s, writing and performing chart-topping and award-winning singles. But since 1999's Greatest Hits, Patty hasn't issued any albums. Her first release since then is the new Christmas album, Come On December.

The album includes both standards and originals. She sings modern versions of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "The Christmas Song," "Do You Hear What I Hear," and "Auld Lang Syne." Her originals include "Come On December," "Walk With Me" and "Broken." 

Patty Smyth came to attention with the hits "Goodbye to You" and "The Warrior" with her band Scandal. Upon going solo, "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" off her eponymous 1992 album - a song written by Patty - features a duet performance by Don Henley. It turned out to be a career-defining moment, topping many charts and earning BMI's song of the year. The CD earned platinum status, and also produced the hits "No Mistakes," "I Should be Laughing" and "Shine."
Two years later, Patty was brought in to sing and co-write "Look What Love Has Done," the Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy-nominated theme from the hit Arnold Schwarzenegger/Danny DeVito comedy, Junior.
In 1999, Patty issued her Greatest Hits album with two new tracks, one of which was on the Armageddon soundtrack and sold over 8 million copies. In 2004, she reunited successfully with her old Scandal mates for VH1's Bands Reunited. Currently, Patty resides in New York City with her husband, former tennis star John McEnroe, and their children. Purchase on iTunes here

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