Hailing from Siler City, North Carolina, the textbook definition of a picturesque small southern town, Nu-Blu‘s heart and soul is husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn’s caramel-coated soprano is one of the band’s defining traits, at times a tender lullaby, at times a freight train headed straight for you, but always unwinding a surprising tale. Daniel is the group’s backbone, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who also handles band management. TJ Honaker on vocals and banjo, and Justin Harrison on fiddle/mandolin round out the quartet’s warm, layered, American roots sound. Together they deliver upbeat, blazing-fingers pick work just as well as gentle, heartwarming ballads, and they do it all with a natural togetherness that can’t be faked, forged over hundreds of shows on the road.
Among the group’s latest musical output is a beautifully delivered Christmas song called “Shine,” which offers up a very different viewpoint of Christ’s birth.
“There are many great traditional Christmas songs, which makes finding or writing a new one quite challenging. This makes ‘Shine’ even more special. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring it to you and hope you enjoy this slightly different view of Christ’s birth from the perspective of the Star of Bethlehem,” lead singer Carolyn explains.
Enjoy the exclusive premiere of Nu-Blu’s “Shine” lyric video below!
This song serves as the title track for the Bluegrass band’s latest EP, which dropped on November 17th and can be purchased via iTunes here. Included on the project are Christmas classics “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” as well as seasonal sacred tunes “Mary Did You Know” and “What Child Is This.”
“Christmas is our favorite time of the year! This year is extra special because we have the opportunity to share a few of our favorite Christmas songs, both sacred and secular on our first ever Christmas CD. Recording this project was an exciting, unique, and very emotional experience. The birth of our Savior is not only a time for quiet reflection, but also for great joy and celebration. That’s what we have strived to convey for this wonderful season,” Carolyn also shared.
Be sure to share this gorgeous Christmas tune with others who would appreciate it!