Liona Boyd invites Amanda Martinez over to help wish you a Happy New Year on her newest single and video — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
“It occurred to me many years ago that, apart from Auld Lang Syne, there was no well-known celebratory song that welcomes in the new year while bidding farewell to the previous one,” says Boyd, Canada’s award-winning, platinum-selling First Lady of the Classical Guitar. “Even then, Auld Lang Syne is, in itself, a slow and nostalgic song that mostly looks backwards — so I decided to write an upbeat pop song with joyful lyrics that people could enjoy dancing to.
“Play this happy song, be sure to sing along and dance around, even if you’re on your own,” she continues. “I guarantee it will lift your spirits! My hope, especially during these challenging days of the 2020 pandemic, is that people will share Happy New Year with their families and friends, and look forward to a brighter future — whether it’s on New Year’s Eve, or any day of the year.”
Working with her long-time producer Peter Bond, Boyd invited her friend Martinez to join on the timely, multilingual track. Naturally, the release also features Boyd’s beloved classical guitar work, which recently garnered her a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Guitar Museum. Recently, Boyd has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition, and was inducted into Guitar Player Magazine’s Gallery of Greats.
Recipient of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, she’s the winner of five Juno Awards, five Guitar Player Magazine’s Classical Guitar Musician of the Year awards, the Vanier Award, a Women Who Make a Difference award, Prix Esprit du Ciècle and more — including four Honorary Doctorate of Law degrees and an Honorary Doctorate of Music degree. Since the beginning of her career in 1974, Boyd has released 28 albums — many of which have earned gold and platinum awards. Her annual holiday special A Winter Fantasy continues to be televised nationally.