Emily Hurd’s tenth album is called ‘Any Given Day’

On December 7, singer/songwriter Emily Hurd proudly announced the self-release of her new full-length album, Any Given Day. Her original Christmas music was released just in time for the holidays, but she emphasizes that it’s also appropriate for year-round listening with its folk, Americana, heartland and urban country flavorings.

Emily Hurd Any Given Day

Unlike other Christmas records, listeners can enjoy Any Given Day beyond the holiday season. Hurd’s sultry vocals deliver messages of spontaneous celebration, humble gifts, and fundamental good will on a backdrop of vintage soul arrangements. Hurd gives a voice to her desire for human empathy in songs like “Chain of Light” and “In the Spirit of Giving,” and she creates clever rhymes of winter love in “It’s Cold Outside” and “Glögg.” This collection of music has a clear message: Any common day is worth reveling in like Christmas.

Emily Hurd wrote the songs from Any Given Day — her ninth studio album — in the month of October, 2012. The tunes were recorded live on the evening of November 13, 2012 at Chicago’s Kingsize Sound Labs. The record was mixed and mastered in one afternoon, and sent to be manufactured the same day.

This whirlwind process was captured on film by Chicago videographer Mark Helenowski. Hurd will be releasing music videos to her fans throughout the month of December.

Click here to see a video for “It’s Cold Outside.”

A video for the title cut “Any Given Day” is here.

Any Given Day was engineered and produced by Emily’s long-time producer, John Abbey. The album includes a lineup of well-established Chicago musicians: Gerald Dowd (Justin Roberts, Sons of The Never Wrong), Gregg Ostrom (Tom Comerford, Covered In Honey), and John Abbey (Robbie Fulks, Amy Speace).

Emily Hurd

Over the course of her career, Hurd has shared the stage and/or opened for Irma Thomas, Bettye Lavette, and Roger McGuinn. Her music is featured on the popular CBS crime drama NCIS. She appears on the prestigious Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook collection (released by Bloodshot Records). She is a winner/finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, NPR’s NewSong Contest, and The International Songwriting Competition. “Irreparably Yours,” from Long Lost Ghosts, was a semi-finalist in 2011’s Great Lakes Songwriting Contest. In 2013, Emily Hurd and her country band, Stone Blind Valentine, will be releasing their first album, Burn Like a Field, on Valentine’s Day. Hurd has released 10 albums since 2005.

Touring across the heartland, the wild west, and east coast parts of America, Emily has been meeting new fans at every show she plays, from coffeehouses and schools, to TV and radio shows and festivals, including events that fans have organized, most notably an annual “Emilyfest” in rural North Carolina (the next one is scheduled for October 14, 2013).

The Any Given Day album is available through Hurd’s website and CDBaby.