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Adam Young of indie electronic act Owl City might not whip out his festive clobber too often but when he does it is usually with Christian Hip Hop artist Tobymac in tow. And this despite an online campaign for Owl City to release a full Christmas album, which Young has so far not acceded to. Owl City’s first interaction with the season came when the Minnesota artist recorded ‘The Christmas Song’ (and no it was not Nat King Cole’s famous jingle) in 2008. Although it was never released as a single or included on any of his albums ‘The Christmas Song’ has become one of Adam Young’s most popular compositions, especially as December and the season draw near.

Owl City’s first joined forces with Tobymac on the latter’s Christmas album ‘Christmas in Diverse City’ which came out for the 2011 Christmas season. The pair’s gleaming and contemporary updating of ‘The First Noel’ may have been a shock for traditionalists but for the duo’s young fans it was exactly what they were hoping for. With lots of vocal trickery, including a rap aside, and plenty of pulsing beats this was a festive staple given a 21st century remodelling. How it will age over time remains to be seen but for the moment a whole new generation has been given a new Christmas torch song.

Owl City and Tobymac would reunite for Christmas 2013 but this time they gave it festive socks on a new song called ‘Light For Christmas’. Straddling the dance, Christian, rap divide this was a tune that feed into the sensibilities of plenty of target markets. The fact that it written specially for a DVD aimed at children called ‘VeggieTales: Merry Larry and the Light of Christmas’ meant that ‘Light For Christmas’ made a big splash stateside and became the biggest played new Christmas song on Christian radio in 2013.

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