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The Independent Christmas Playlist: Jess Kemp – Leave A Chair Out

The third song is by a extremely talented young artist by the name of Jess Kemp, keep an eye out for her, she’s something special. She first released a live version back in 2018 but finally made it into a full production last month.

Patrick Rowles – Creator of the Independent Christmas Playlist

If you like your Christmas songs to be served with a hefty side of food for thought, the next song is for you.

Beginning with solemn piano intro, Leave A Chair Out is a pleasure to listen to from the get-go. As soon as Kemp’s vocals hit, they strike as being immediately delightful, pensive and poignant; and call back to memories of the previous years and pointed heartbreak.
Not one to be a stick-in-the-mud, though, Kemp resolves the rather wistful verses with a catchy chorus that includes heart-rending calls for reconciliation. This is a song for life and not just for Christmas.

In a year where we have been plagued by woe and worry, this is the perfect tune to remember how lucky you are to hold the people you love close this year.

You can listen to Leave a Chair Out on the Independent Christmas Playlist, which has been lovingly compiled by Patrick Rowles. Read more about the Independent Christmas Playlist here!

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Ed Eator

A lover of anything with a decent beat and a poignant lyrics, Ed's always been a big fan of the local music scene in London and the Home Counties. From rap to reggae; punk to pop, Ed'll listen to it all. After playing in a couple of smalltime bands, Ed realised that his passion lay in listening to new music and promoting other musicians on the scene. If you'd like Ed to listen to your new or upcoming release, drop him an email at

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