Mandy Moore is ringing in the Christmas cheer with a new, two-track holiday single.
The U.S. singer, songwriter and actor drops “How Could This Be Christmas,” an original which she co-wrote with her husband and Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith, plus Mike Viola, who produced both tracks.
On the b-side is the yuletide classic “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.”
“The holidays are certainly going to feel verifiably different this year and in this vein, I challenged myself (and Mike and Taylor) to write a song that hinted at the acknowledgment of something missing without being too specific,” Moore says in a statement.
“Because if we’ve learned anything in this season of change, it’s the recognition that those we love and cherish are what’s most important and worth celebrating,” she continues. “And that felt like a message to get behind during this special time of year.”
Moore’s new batch of tracks follow the release in March of Silver Landings (Verve Forecast), her first album release since 2009’s Amanda Leigh.
Like so many other artists, Moore’s 2020 north American tour in support of the album – her first in 13 years – was postponed due to the health crisis.
That hasn’t stopped Moore from hitting the studio.
Stream “How Could This Be Christmas” and “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” below.