Check out this new holiday nugget written by Barret Strong and sung by Eliza Neals

Here's a brand new holiday gem that ought to appeal to Detroiters of all stripes and persuasions. It was produced and Written by Barrett Strong Jr, co-Produced with additional lyrics by Eliza Neals, and recorded over at Tempermill Studios in lovely Ferndale. We're informed that the singer will be performing the song "on WDIV Live In The D on Xmas eve." There is no stream that we could find and it isn't on YouTube, but you can purchase it on Amazon here or on iTunes here.

“On this Merry Christmas Day” creates a vision in your head of many a lovely Christmas past and future. Barrett Strong’s production and lyrics plus harmony, with gospel piano and melodies, are iconic and timeless. This rare original gem is finally ready after years of waiting. Crafted by sultry blues rocker Eliza Neals on piano, organ and vocals with the Holiday Spirit in mind. Enlisting the help of Barrett’s trusty elves, including international blues guitarist Howard Glazer, mixing engineer / guitarist Mike Puwal, tracking engineer Erik Maluchnik and final mastering by Dave Feeny. Eliza Neals signature gritty-velvety voice brings Christmas day love to you and yours."

Mike McGonigal

Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...
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