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Little House in the Snow by Marisha Wallace

Little House in the Snow is inspired by Marisha’s own story of never being allowed to celebrate Christmas growing up in North Carolina. Secret traditions were made with her mother, who handed out gifts to Marisha and her siblings from a black bin bag in private, and their new toys had to be hidden as soon as their father returned home for the day. From a sad, yet magical time created by her mother, Marisha now brings all the emotion and nostalgia to her new song which effortlessly highlights her powerful, soulful voice in a stripped-back, emotional piano ballad.

Marisha Wallace
Marisha Wallace

I would watch Home Alone, A Christmas Story, Scrooge, The Muppet Christmas Carol and imagine that I would have those Christmases that you see on television and in the movies. Now, I try to make memories at Christmas that I couldn’t make when I was little. I will decorate and bring all that Christmas spirit that was kept from me for so long. Christmas to me means creating the life you want to have. Everybody’s Christmas is different, but if you have family and each other then you have everything, and Christmas is everything.” – Marisha Wallace

The following is Chris Omaweng’s review of Little House in the Snow.

The song is, ultimately, a form of escapism: I listened to it at a time when large parts of the UK had weather warnings in place, and Cumbria Police had declared a major incident, warning against unnecessary journeys as some roads had become impassable because of heavy snow. The harsh reality is, at least in this country, getting to a little house in the snow for Christmas might be a tad treacherous. But such is the fantasy of festive tunes – ‘The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)’ was written on a particularly hot day in July 1945, for instance, and one mustn’t be too Scrooge-like when it comes to analysing something essentially very pleasant.

Marisha Wallace, continuing to make her mark in the Bridge Theatre production of Guys & Dolls, is still best known in some circles for playing Effie White in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre, even by those who didn’t see the production – she has a habit of accepting invitations to sing ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’ at the top of her lungs at various musical theatre concerts. This, then, is an opportunity to hear a very different musical style, a subtle gentleness permeating throughout.

The magic and wonders of Christmas days” Wallace sings about is, for some, a halcyon dream, the holiday period these days being something more akin to the bust-ups and confrontations of a soap opera. Whether you’re looking forward to Christmas, or looking forward to it all being over, it’s worth taking a minute (or two minutes forty seconds to be precise) to listen to a warm and welcoming song.

*****

Currently on stage in the critically acclaimed Guys & Dolls, Marisha is one of Broadway and the West End’s biggest names. Multi-talented, Marisha has fronted Charlotte Tilbury campaigns, starred in a Netflix series alongside Lisa Kudrow, performed everywhere from Strictly Come Dancing to The Royal Variety, released a chart-topping charity single at the height of the pandemic for the NHS, earned Radio 2’s Album of the Week and received Olivier and Evening Standard Theatre nominations this year alone.

Teaming up with Grammy-winning hitmaker Toby Gad (John Legend All of Me, Beyonce If I Were A Boy, Fergie Big Girls Don’t Cry), the pair have created a heart-felt original Christmas track that sums up what the festive season is really about.

Little House In The Snow on Spotify

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