An exciting move this season – perfectly titled “First Thing On My Christmas List” – stems from the creative partnership of ‘The Imaginaries’ with Americana country and soft pop-rock music and vocals. It has the feel of a wonderful seasonal song, and a heartfelt performance by everyone involved helps underscore the implicit humanity of the words.
The Imaginaries is an Americana band formed in the open plains of Oklahoma. Consisting of husband & wife duo Shane Henry (guitar, vocals) & Maggie McClure (piano, vocals), their debut album was released on March 26, 2021. It was recorded in famed Muscle Shoals, AL with legendary “Swampers” & serves as both an introduction to The Imaginaries and the beginning of their journey as a band after both singer-songwriters have enjoyed their own successes as solo artists. The songs are filled with effortless harmonies, heartfelt lyrics & real-life lessons. Maggie, with her subtly sweet vocals and piano-driven style, fuses seamlessly with Shane’s blues-rock grit to form their own unique blend of Americana/Singer-Songwriter music.
As well, The Imaginaries were selected to open for the Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks! Tour in 2019. The duo also opened for Judy Collins and John Waite in 2021. Maggie and Shane have written/produced the soundtrack for and made their debut as Film Producers with the upcoming feature, A Cowgirl’s Song written/directed by Timothy Armstrong.
“First Thing On My Christmas List”, Makes it friendlier to a wider audience, the direct, catchy and familiar nature of the song’s lyrics and melody help make it an unexpected smash that will be remembered for years to come. “First Thing On My Christmas List” offers a mellow, organic folk-meets-Americana set, with a gently boisterous, soulful delivery, beautifully unique vocals and a poetic lyrical backbone that’s both captivating and satisfying — thanks to clever lyrics and a soothing, soothing melody. This song clearly describes the first thing we do at Christmas.
The Imaginaries voice immediately grabs your attention and keeps you immersed throughout this new rendition of the song. It’s worth a listen, and it’s a strong contender for long-running, enduring Christmas playlists.