Icelandic singer Laufey released two Christmas songs at midnight in collaboration with Norah Jones. Laufey, a long-time admirer of Jones, described the collaboration as incredible, with both songs being recorded in a single take.
At midnight, the Icelandic singer Laufey released two Christmas songs in collaboration with Norah Jones: a cover of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and original composition entitled Better Than Snow.
In an interview with Vísir yesterday, Laufey commented on the collaboration: “Working with Norah was just incredible. I’ve been listening to her since I was a child. My mother always played her music in the car. It’s like working with a deity.”
“I still can’t believe she’s real,” Laufey added with a laugh. “Seeing the cover photo and my name next to hers feels like a mistake.”
Long admired Norah Jones
Laufey went on to explain that when she was taking her first steps in the music industry, agents and representatives from record companies would often ask her “who she wanted to be?” She would commonly respond by articulating her desire to be associated with jazz, although not confined to it, noting that she wanted her music to appeal to a wide audience, especially her own age group.
Whenever she was asked which artist she would most like to resemble, Norah Jones immediately came to mind. “It was so hard for me to find a singer I wanted to be like, and it’s still quite difficult to answer that, but the closest would be Norah Jones; she wasn’t just confined to jazz – but also pop.”
Norah Jones and Laufey first met at a jazz festival in Geneva last summer. According to Laufey, they had a brief conversation, and a month later, they were in the studio together: “I played the cello and she played the piano. It was very sweet. We recorded Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas in one take,” Laufey revealed.
Due to the ease of their collaboration, Laufey recalled that she and Norah felt they should do more together. “It happened so fast, so we sat there and asked: What now?” Norah revealed she had an unfinished Christmas song lyric and asked Laufey if she wanted to compose it together with her. “Yes. Oh my God, yes,” Laufey responded. “She played a few lines, and I thought to myself that this was amazing.”
The songwriting for Better Than Snow took about an hour. Like the previous song, the recording required only a single take.