Jaylene Johnson | It Won't Be Christmas 'til You're Home

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It Won't Be Christmas 'til You're Home

by Jaylene Johnson

Christmas song with the theme of missing someone - waiting for them to come home for the holidays, or not being able to be with them until they make it home for the holidays. Soul-nourishing pop with a hint of nostalgia...
Genre: Pop: Piano
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This song was cowritten with Rebecca Everett in Toronto, Canada. It wasn't Christmas, but inspired by the idea that many spend Christmas apart from loved ones, and many are lonely over the holidays. During the original writing session, we had a guitar and a Ukelele. The piano arrangement was written later, when Jaylene was asked to play a Christmas song live for the CBC Radio. It debuted on Larry Updike's show "Up to Speed" in December, 2011.

Recorded at Studio 11 with Jason Gordon.

Piano arrangement and Vocals: Jaylene Johnson
Bass, guitar, programming: Jason Gordon
Live drums: Kent McCrae

Lyrics:

It Won’t Be Christmas ‘til You’re Home
Written by Jaylene Johnson and Rebecca Everett (All rights reserved)

Oh the carolers came to the door tonight
Singing their songs about love and light
I tried to join in but it didn’t feel right
Singing without you

It’s just me and our old artificial tree
The one that we bought last January
Feels like I’m faking everything
Being here without you

Friends come by, say hello
But I’m standing alone
Underneath the mistletoe
Let’s ask Santa Clause to please press pause
Cause it won’t be Christmas til your home

There’s a hustle and bustle out on the street
Shoppers out buying last minute treats
But I’m moping around in my slippered feet
Waiting for your call

I sip the mulled wine but it’s not as good
Nothing is tasting the way it should
I know that you’d be here if you could
Yeah I know you would

Friends come by, say hello
But I’m standing alone
Underneath the mistletoe
Let’s ask Santa Clause to please press pause
Cause it won’t be Christmas til your home

I’ve sent the Christmas cards
Trimmed the tree and placed the star
Decorated every room
But all I want is you
All I want is you


Jaylene Johnson Bio

If you watch network television, you've probably heard Winnipeg native Jaylene Johnson's music. Her “smart-pop” music has danced its way to many TV shows, most recently Pretty Little Liars (with her song "Closer"), and Degrassi: The Next Generation. An avid collaborator, her work has been recorded by several other Canadian artists, including celebrated singer and songwriter, Amy Sky. Several records of original material showcase her “angelic pipes” (Winnipeg Sun) and soul-nourishing songs. She is an artist who makes you "listen more closely" (CD Baby), putting her own quirky, yet insightful, slant on life, love and matters of faith.

Jaylene’s journey began in a miniature toy piano, plunking out the familiar “Frere Jacques” for her mother at the age of three. Lessons ensued, and this led to a love and passion for music as a key form of expression. It wasn’t until she embarked on a music “career”, however, that Jaylene combined a love of music with an affinity for prose and poetry in the art of songwriting. Her first album “Not Forgotten” was recorded in Winnipeg by producer Lloyd Peterson, who encouraged her to write original material. Her song “Daughter” from that record won Contemporary Pop Song of the Year in 2002, an international award given by the Gospel Music Association based in the US.

She went on to record “Finding Beautiful” with Stephen Rendall and Eldon Winter in Three Hills, Alberta, which included her song "Butterfly Girl" featured in Dawson's Creek, and three tracks included in "Joan of Arcadia". This was followed by “Happiness” with multiple producers in Winnipeg. Both records were nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards, and several songs from both albums landed coveted spots on network television. These placements caught the attention of Casablanca Media Publishing, with whom Jaylene worked in a co-publishing agreement from 2007-2009. During this period, Jaylene’s love of songwriting matured in the area of co-writing. She has since had the opportunity to work with countless Canadian and American songwriters, producers and musicians, including Simon Wilcox (Cider Sky), Hannah Georgas, Hill Kourjourtis (Hill and the Sky Heroes) and the fore-mentioned Amy Sky, whose album “Alive and Awake” includes three of Jaylene’s songs. Several compositions have also earned Honorable Mentions in the Pop/AC and Country categories of the International Songwriting Competition.

The CBC has been good to Jaylene, locally and inter-provincially, as has Galaxie Radio, which spins her songs on its Pop/AC channel, and “The Light" one of several faith-based radio affiliates that has supported Jaylene over the years. Recently, her song “Hope” was chosen to represent the National Anglican Church of Canada’s “Marks of Mission”, a project which includes a music video and documentary of the recording of the song in Vancouver, BC, with an all-star crew of musicians including the song’s cowriter, Jim Kimball (Nashville-based songwriter, producer and guitar player for Reba McIntyre) Randall Stoll (Tom Cochrane, k.d.Lang) David Sinclair (Sarah McLachlan) and Randy Murray (producer and former guitarist for BTO)

Though based in Winnipeg, Jaylene is no stranger to ‘the road’. She has traveled from coast-to-coast in Canada, playing venues from House Concerts to large stages, and entertaining audiences with her sincerity, story-telling and beautiful music. For more information, contact info@jaylenejohnson.com.


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Chicago Lonely
Christmas conjures up so many emotions - not all of them are in step with the, "Jingle Bells" of the HoHoHo season. This song reminds me of the wistful yearning of dreaming we all get with, "White Christmas" and will be on my Listen List for many years to come. Get yourself a Hot Chocolate, Light the Fire, Sit Back and allow a stream of consciousness take you to your own imaginations of being with a special someone over the Holidays!