With Christmas just around the corner, British singer-songwriter Richard Walters – now signed to Cooking Vinyl – is today sharing a sublime, pared-back rendition of ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’. The track follows the recent release of single ‘This Is Where It Ends’ – Walters first since signing to Cooking Vinyl – and the announcement of a headline show at London’s Waiting Room on February 6th.
Richard’s take on the bona fide Christmas classic – first laid down by the great Darlene Love with the help of Phil Spector – sees him strip the song down to its bare bones. As he does best, the song trades in sparse, intimate acoustic guitars and Richard’s stunning, echo-soaked falsetto.
He says of the track: “For me, this is the perfect Christmas song and one I’ve always wanted to cover. It’s so big and emotional, it feels totally joyful until you realise it’s about having your heart trampled all over right before Christmas; heartache and Christmas are perfect together. I stripped it down the voice and guitar, got my tape 4-track out, and pretended to be Phil Spector for the day.”
Listen to ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ – BELOW:
A versatile and deeply-talented songwriter, Richard has quietly been garnering critical acclaim as a solo artist across a ten-year career which has seen him release four albums – the latest being 2016’s ‘A.M.’ – and four EPs to-date. As a solo artist, his music has featured on such US TV shows as Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds, Tin Star and Revenge.
He has also collaborated as a songwriter with a number of artists including rising star Declan J. Donovan, multiple Grammy winner Joe Henry and poet laureate Simon Artiage.
Feb 6th – London, The Waiting Room