Move over Mariah Carey, Australia’s Julia Jacklin has just released a Christmas song of her very own.
The beloved singer-songwriter’s new single, dubbed ‘baby jesus is nobody’s baby now’, was actually written last year during the Black Summer bushfires.
“2019 was a pretty rough one for my family,” Jacklin explains. “I was touring the whole year carrying a lot of guilt for not being able to be at home. Singing super sad songs every night was a blessing and a curse depending on the day.”
She continues: “I was imagining Christmas as being this time where we all came together again and took a collective breath but then the bushfires hit and my family live in the country so it was a direct threat. I was living in Melbourne, still pretty new to it, and wasn’t able to go home, the roads were blocked and my family were being evacuated periodically for a month.
“At one point Melbourne was blanketed in smoke from the fires, the sun was this menacing red, it felt apocalyptic and pretty hopeless. I wrote this in my room looking forward to 2020, hoping it would be a reset of some kind lol.”
‘baby jesus is nobody’s baby now’ arrives alongside a festive music video, directed by Jacklin herself alongside, alongside frequent collaborator Nick Mckk.