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Sam Smith Shares New Original Christmas Song ‘Night Before Christmas’

The standalone single will be added to the star’s ‘The Holly And The Ivy’ compilation

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Sam Smith – Photo: Michael Bailey Gates (Courtesy of Cherry Create)
Sam Smith – Photo: Michael Bailey Gates (Courtesy of Cherry Create)

Sam Smith has shared their new original Christmas song, “Night Before Christmas,” as a new standalone single.

The track takes the form of a beautiful festive love ballad, with the British pop star softly singing over an arpeggiated guitar melody and twinkling piano notes. “Come rest your weary head on my chest/The year is behind us, we’re still at our best,” they tell a partner at one point. “The magic of Christmas is what’s coming next/So lean in and kiss me and all of the rest.”

Although “Night Before Christmas” comes as a singular release, it will be added to Smith’s previously released festive compilation, The Holly And The Ivy. That record was released in 2020 and features covers of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Fire On Fire (from Watership Down),” and the original song “The Lighthouse Keeper.”

Night Before Christmas

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The festive single precedes Smith’s next album, Gloria, which is due for release on January 27, 2023, via EMI Records/Capitol Records. Last week (November 10), the record-breaking artist announced the tracklist for the album, which will feature collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Jessie Reyez, and Koffee, alongside Smith’s smash hit team-up with Kim Petras, “Unholy.”

Made with longtime collaborators Jimmy Napes, Stargate, and Max Martin stablemate ILYA, Gloria is not only a creative revelation but something of a personal revolution for the celebrated artist. Lyrically, the subjects dive deep and wide, into contemporary narratives around sex, lies, passion, self-expression, and imperfection.

In a statement, Smith described the album as “emotional, sexual, and spiritual liberation.” “It was beautiful, with this album, to sing freely again,” he added. “Oddly, it feels like my first-ever record. And it feels like a coming of age.”

The star will take the record out on the road next year in the UK and Europe, with a run of arena dates kicking off in April.

Buy or stream “Night Before Christmas.”

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