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Craig Owens aims to provide “musical therapy” for holidays with new song

December 16, 2019
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Craig Owens released heartfelt Christmas track “It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way” just in time for the holidays.

The former Chiodos singer hopes the track can lift people’s spirits when they’re feeling down this season.

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Earlier this year, three years after announcing, Owens returned with his solo project badXchannels.

Shifting his focus from emocore to alt-pop, the vocalist made fast progress in the weird world of cross-genre collaborations after joining producer QUIX and former Chiodos revivalists Adventure Club for an electronica lightning strike in “Life Long After Death.”

“I feel like there are only a few routes for musicians who’ve come from the scene if they are going to continue making music for the rest of their lives,” Owens tells AP. I’ve never wanted to go by “Craig Owens” and just stick to playing my acoustic guitar. Like, that’s fun to do sometimes, and it’s cool if you wanna do it, but I just have a bigger, deeper and darker vision for the music I’m making.”

Now, Owens is going back to alt-pop for a bit with his new Christmas song. The vocalist tweeted out the link to the single with a heartfelt caption.

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The holidays can be a tough time, and if you’re like me – you may need some musical therapy to help you get through. I hope this helps. This song means a lot to me, and I hope you all enjoy.

The song begins with bells and a festive rhythm before Owens comes in singing lyrics affirming that no matter what, you don’t have to feel alone during the holiday season.

“It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way” is available to stream here and you can also listen to it below.

What do you think of Craig Owens’ Christmas song “It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way?” Let us know in the comments below!

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Written by Alyssa Quiles