Q&A Scene: Emma Shepard ~ SHEPPARD

Tell us about your new single ‘Christmas Without You’?

Our new Christmas single ‘Christmas Without You’ is a song that is dedicated to everyone who is missing Christmas with someone. We wrote it back in July after being away from a loved one for so long and learning that we probably wouldn’t be able to see them for Christmas for the second year in a row. This song is written from personal experience and from our hearts and we hope it resonates with the rest of the world. 

What’s your favorite work at this point in time?  

We’ve been getting such a good response from our Christmas carol so, at the moment we are loving sharing that with the world. 


How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

Thai food – sweet, sour and sometimes spicy. 

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

George’s fly was down on stage in front of 15 thousand people while we were supporting Keith Urban. A lady in the crowd passed up a note telling him his fly was down haha.


What, or who, inspires you?

Coldplay is a big inspiration for us, from songwriting to their big stadium performances. We aspire to be a band like them touring the world and sharing our love with everyone. 


Which song do you wish you wrote?

‘I Will Always Love You – Dolly Parton


What’s next for you?

We just announced a tour supporting Delta Goodrem in March 2022 which is so exciting as we haven’t been able to tour for the last 2 years. 


What’s your scene?

Enjoying a few beverages and fresh cold seafood on a beach in Noosa with friends + fam.

Aussie pop superstars Sheppard have just released their glistening, heartfelt new single Christmas Without You, a poignant seasonal track that will hit home for those who are missing a loved one this Christmas, out today.  The thoughtful song and spectacular video are landing just towards the end of an absolutely massive year for this powerhouse family group, with their 2021 album Kaleidoscope Eyes peaking at number 2 on the ARIA charts and their beloved hit Coming Home racking up over sixty million Spotify streams.  Sheppard will be celebrating the release of Christmas Without You with a performance at Brisbane Lord Mayor Christmas Carols on December 11.

Christmas Without You is a truly appropriate Christmas song for a year like 2021; reflective, gentle, and emotive, festive piano and subtle bellslead the song as vocalist George Sheppard’s sweet voice floats above it all.  The track reaches an expressive, cathartic climax, perfectly suited to the melancholy of a festive season that’s missing some loved ones.  Evocative of Coldplay’s seasonal classic Christmas Lights, Christmas Without You is a sparkling triumph, as George reflects, My sisters and I realised that there must be so many people who, for whatever reason, haven’t been able to see their families and loved ones for a very long time, and Christmas time can be particularly hard for people in those circumstances.  We wanted to write a song for all of those people who might not be having such a great Christmas without their families, and to leave them with a little bit of warmth and hope.” The video for Christmas Without You, created by the bands longtime visual collaborators, Polish graphic design firm Ars Thanea, is a stunning offering, consisting of gorgeous, pain-stakingly created CGI imagery that feels perfectly in line with the ebbs and flows of the song itself.

Excited to be performing the new single at their hometown Brisbane Lord Mayor Christmas Carols on December 11, George gives fans a taste of what to expect, saying, We’ve been lucky enough to be invited to perform at a few of the big carol events this year, which is a huge honour.  We’ll be playing this new Christmas song of course!  It will sound huge with a full live band and possibly an orchestra, so we’re really hoping it will be a beautiful spectacle for families all across Australia.”

Sheppard’s anthemic, colourful, energetic pop has made them a household name in Australia.  Boasting over 850 million streams across all platforms, a handful of number ones across the world, and just last year, a coveted half-time performance slot at the AFL Grand Final, during which they announced their 2021 album Kaleidoscope Eyes.  The group, consisting of George, Amy and Emma Sheppard, guitarist Jason Bovino and drummer Dean Gordon, have already achieved more than most artists can dream of in a lifetime – but by all accounts, they’re only still just getting started.

Christmas Without You is out now.

Sheppard is Amy Sheppard – Singer/Keys, George Sheppard – Lead Singer/Guitar/Keys, Emma Sheppard – Back-up vocals/Bass Guitar, Jason Bovino – Guitar, Dean Gordan – Drums.


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