This is only Rend Collective’s second Christmas themed album; this time around their are some collaborations and original songs. Ellie Holcomb brings accompanying vocals to Emmanuel, You’re One Of Us. There’s a lot of timeless traditionalism (and sentimentalism) in Christmas songs, so this one is an interesting contrast as a reflection on pretty contemporary events …

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I’ve featured a lot of music by Ellie Holcomb. She’s prolific and varied, singing solo, singing with husband Drew, singing with husband Drew’s band The Neighbors, featuring on heaps of collaborations with other musicians. Here she features as part of the duo The Dailys with Jillian Edwards. Fill My Cup features the lyrical thoughtfulness and …

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