American singer Joey Hendricks has released a country version of John Lennon’s Happy Xmas (War is Over).
The music is Country. This version’s structure is similar to the original one, but with some subtle composition changes. The guitar in the background compliments the smooth rhythm. The violin, in some parts, is a bold touch to the musical structure. There’s a presence of drums that compliments the hopeful mood. Through the contemporary touches, there’s a nostalgic feel to the song.
Joey Hendricks’ voice is husky and deep. He has his own vocal style on this classic but has a grasp of the song’s meaning. He hits each note (high or low) at just the perfect moment. He sings “War Is Over” in the background and the end, just like the original version. It emphasizes the celebration of the war ending. There’s a sense of hope, which is apropos during these difficult times of COVID and isolation. Hendricks performs this beautiful tune with heart and soul.
The single Happy Xmas (War is Over) is available.