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Take Me to the North Pole

by Francine Honey

Take Me To The North Pole brings you on a ride in Santa’s sleigh to the North Pole. Wanting to escape into the world of popular Christmas stories, Honey takes you into a fantasy ride on a trip in Santa’s sleigh to the North with a moving southern swagger
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Take Me to the North Pole
3:20 $0.99
2. Blue Christmas
3:02 $0.99
3. Let It Snow
2:10 $0.99
4. Christmas Round My Tree
3:45 $0.99
5. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
2:19 $0.99
6. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
2:05 $0.99
7. Silent Night / Sainte Nuit
3:32 $0.99
8. My Heart Is There with You
2:14 $0.99
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Take Me To The North Pole brings you on a ride in Santa’s sleigh to the North Pole. Wanting to escape into the world of popular Christmas stories, Honey takes you into a fantasy ride on a trip in Santa’s sleigh to the North with a moving southern swagger. This tune will have you dancing while get ready for the holidays.

Take Me To The North Pole follows quickly on the heels of Honey’s latest single Red Sky. to take people on a ride in Santa’s sleigh to the North Pole. Wanting to escape into the world of popular Christmas stories. If your waiting for an escape from the real world into the world of Santa and the North Pole, the southern swagger in this song will have you dancing while you wait for Santa

Take Me To The North Pole… is an album that showcases Honey’s love of all things Christmas. With the title track most striking and stirring compositions. "We brought a nice mix of Christmas songs on this record with an Americana and Country flair," she says. "I love recording with Neilson and the band down in Nashville." Cut in Nashville with Grammy-nominated producer Neilson Hubbard (John Prine, Mary Gauthier, Jason Isbell) and first-call players like guitarists Will Kimbrough, pianist Dan Mitchell, and bassist Dean Marold, Take Me To The North Pole… takes Honey's mix of Americana, Country, Rock, Canadiana and Blues. Honey’s mentor Verlon Thompson plays guitar on the album and during the recording, Honey commented how much she loved his original holiday song My Heart Is There With You. “I couldn’t believe it when he said that I could record the song if I wanted to!”. Honey was floored she says, “ I was so touched! Verlon taught me the rest of the song and we recorded it then and there. What an honour that was and to record that song with Verlon was one of those magical moments you hear about in Nashville. Who knew it would happen to me!”

Although she's made music since childhood — "I wrote my first song in 1976" — Honey never dreamed of making it a career. However, along the way, the down-to-earth artist has displayed extraordinary dedication to her craft. Francine’s debut self-produced album An Ordinary Woman came out in 2008 and was followed in 2014 by Re-Drawn, produced by Lang Bliss in Nashville. An EP entitled An Ordinary Woman (In Studio) was released in 2015. As a graduate of the Berklee College of Music Professional Singer-Songwriter Certificate Program, Francine regularly makes the nine-hour drive from Ontario, Canada, to song-writing workshops in Nashville, where she has been mentored by icons like Beth Nielsen Chapman (who contributes backup vocals to Honey's Snowflakes On My Eyelashes), Mike Reid (I Can't Make You Love Me), Mary Gauthier (Mercy Now), Verlon Thompson (Boats to Build), Gretchen Peters (Independence Day) and Jonatha Brooke (My Mother has 4 Noses). Francine is a member of the Songwriter's Association of Canada (SAC), Nashville Songwriter's Association International, Canadian Country Music Association and Americana Music Association. She co-ordinates the SAC’s Leamington/Windsor Regional Writer's Group, mentoring other songwriters. She has showcased at the Texas Songwriters Symposium four years in a row, NSAI Tin Pan North Festival, Hugh’s Room, the WinterFolk Blues and Roots Festival in Toronto, the Kingsville Folk Music Festival and the Folk Music Ontario conference. Francine’s music and songwriting have not only taken her through Canada and the U.S but to the U.K., Switzerland and Italy.

Now, Take Me To The North Pole takes Francine’s listeners on a journey. The title track, Take Me To The North Pole is a Honey original which swings with a southern swagger and a call to escape the real world of today into the fantasy world of the North Pole; Blue Christmas, Honey’s favourite Christmas song displays Elvis’s influence in her music with some cool all male harmonies; and followed by the rockin version of Let It Snow. Christmas Round My Tree is an original song deals with those who are struggling with being alone during the holidays and the desire of a parent to simply have the kids come home for Christmas. This is followed b Honey’s versions of some classical Christmas songs It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, a rockin version of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town and then Honey’s tender vocals are highlighted in a bilingual version of Silent Night – Sainte Nuit. This brings us to Honey’s final written Christmas wish in song, with My Heart Is There With You, a song written and played by Verlon Thompson

Her 2018 full-length album to be continued… received critical-acclaim and a finalist in the 2018 International Songwriting Competition in 2 categories for her song “Stay”. Honey was also recognized for her song-writing contribution from more than 19,000+ entries around the world, receiving semi-finalist nominations in both the Americana and Blues categories.

2019 saw Honey release a few singles starting with Flocons de neige sur mes cils, the French counterpart of Snowflakes On My Eyelashes. This was followed by Chez mon oncle Lucien, a song written around the Hangman’s Reel that her Grandmother used to play on her violin, is a traditional French Canadian song with the memory of doing maple syrup at her Uncle’s farm. Red Sky was released in October 2019 and is a gritty and dreamy flight through change. Honey’s music has received critical acclaim and sees airplay on CBC, Radio-Canada, AM800, CTV, SiriusXM, Folk Roots Radio, and more across Canada, the US, UK, Germany, Australia and the Netherlands. Her over 20k+ fans online are very happy she left her government career to pursue music full-time. She performs regularly on-line and streams every venue performance. Her belief that music gets you through life and her commitment to helping people feel less alone by sharing life through song connects people across the world to support each other. Her campaign last year to touch those suffering with grief through the holidays with her song and video “Snowflakes On My Eyelashes” and the French counterpart garnered over 1.5 million views, but most importantly connected people grieving from all over the world. It’s no wonder that the video for Snowflakes On My Eyelashes is a finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest.



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