Christmas came early for singer-songwriter Hillary Reynolds in the form of a Grammy nomination.
Co-written with Peridot bandmate Trevor Jarvis and industry alum Michael Jade, her song “Next To You” landed the top slot on Little Big Town’s January album Nightfall, which is now up for Best Country Album.
In return, Peridot gifted the world the festive single “Christmas for Me is You” on November 27th, a coincidental three days after the nominations were announced. The holiday-themed love song follows their 2016 self-titled album, Peridot, and 2019 single “Fleeting.”
But don’t let the gap between releases fool you; she has been anything but inactive. Between writing for other artists, recording for film and TV, arranging original works for a round of symphonic concerts in the Midwest, and continuing to write with her partner Jarvis, she has had a creatively fulfilling year. She discussed more of her years’ accomplishments, including quarantine-spurred single “What Faith Is,” which we chatted with her about back in August.
Earlier this month, Reynolds and Jarvis teamed up to bring holiday cheer to those watching at home with their appearance in a REBEL Hard Coffee-sponsored livestream themed Music and Mochas. From holiday classics such as “The First Noel” to their own recent release “Christmas for Me is You,” the pair delivered a series of acoustic duets under the pretense of Music and Mochas.
Reynolds had this to say regarding the event: “We were thrilled to be asked to partner with REBEL this holiday season. It was a no-brainer – especially since their Peppermint Mocha is absolutely delicious. We loved being able to share a few original songs, sprinkled with a couple of holiday classics to bring a little cheer to everyone this holiday season – especially this year. For the most part, the experience of going to a concert is not in the cards & live music is shut down. The REBEL + Peridot partnership was an authentic way to reach our fans this year & it felt so good to perform – we’ve really been missing that. Here’s to a brighter 2021!”
And on the other side, an associate with REBEL spoke of the partnership: “It was great teaming up with Hillary Reynolds and her team to produce this virtual concert for the holidays. We were thrilled to provide a platform through REBEL Hard Coffee’s social page for artists to share their passion for music. REBEL Hard Coffee is all about finding the inner voice inside us all – the voice that encourages us to be different, take a chance and do something extraordinary. It’s a perfect beverage to boldly take to any social occasion – concerts included! Hillary Reynolds and her band encapsulate that mindset and are the perfect fit to bring REBEL Hard Coffee’s Music & Mocha concert to life .”
As the duo are self-proclaimed “coffee lovers” who “also play music,” the partnership seems fitting. Additionally, both Reynolds and the hard coffee company are from Wisconsin. Though the former now resides in Los Angeles, she spent time in her home state over the summer, and set up a small home studio, making the most of the weather while continuing to pursue music despite the obstacles the year has presented.
The cozy virtual performance was equipped with Reynold’s soothing vocals weaving between Jarvis’ own in heavenly harmonies and gentle melodies. The musical chemistry between the two is evident from their years of partnership, and provided for a comforting and seamless experience for the audience. It was an opportunity for Reynolds to share music and smiles that she did not hesitate to make the most of.
As the holiday season and 2020 comes to a close, we turn to artists such as Hillary Reynolds to celebrate with and look into the new year with optimism and resilience.