“Brand New Pair of Shoes,” Featured on Johnny Cash – Forever Words (Expanded Edition), Is A Special Co-write Between Ana and Her Father-in-law, Johnny Cash
Singer-Songwriter, Ana Cristina Cash, has two special releases out today (Oct. 23); “Brand New Pair of Shoes,” that is featured on Johnny Cash – Forever Words (Expanded Edition) [available here] and her new Christmas single, “Mele Kalikimaka” [available here].
Ana is featured on the newly released Johnny Cash – Forever Words (Expanded Edition), released through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. This project expands on the original Johnny Cash – Forever Words album – a compilation of songs with words written by Johnny Cash and music created by modern artists. Johnny Cash – Forever Words (Expanded Edition) is a digital-only release and includes the original album and 18 new songs. This project includes a re-release of Ana’s song, “Brand New Pair of Shoes.” The song is a co-write between Ana and her father-in-law, Johnny Cash. Ana put music to lyrics written by Johnny Cash himself, to create a jazz-inspired tune. “Brand New Pair of Shoes” was first released on Ana’s album, SHINE, in April 2020. Johnny Cash – Forever Words (Expanded Edition) will be available on all DSPs in four waves.
Produced by John Carter Cash and recorded at the historic Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tenn., Ana Cristina Cash’s new holiday release, “Mele Kalikimaka” is a lively song with a dreamy, tropical melody and lyrical sentiments of trading in the stereotypical wintry Christmas for a sandy beachy one. Made famous by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters in 1950, “Mele Kalikimaka” was written by R. Alex Anderson. The song takes its title from the Hawaiian phrase Mele Kalikimaka, meaning “Merry Christmas.”
The new releases follow Ana’s recent full-length album release, SHINE, released earlier this year (here). Ana wrote or co-wrote every song on the 14-track album, aside from her two renditions of “Dream” by Roy Orbison and “Seminole Wind” by John Anderson. SHINE has received praise from American Songwriter, Billboard, Entertainment Focus, The Americana Music Association, and many others. In addition to her album’s success, Ana’s work as a co-writer/co-translator for Los Tigres Del Norte is also garnering attention, receiving two nominations for Latin GRAMMYs, in the categories of Best Norteno Album and Best Long Form Music Video. Ana has also landed on the preliminary ballot in several categories, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Country Solo Performance, Best American Roots Performance, and more, for her album SHINE and various tracks that are featured on the album.
Ana Cristina Cash was raised in Miami, Florida. Ana, of Cuban descent, is bilingual and began a professional career in music at the tender age of six. She quickly became an accomplished champion of the singing competitions on the variety show, “Sabado Gigante.” Ana’s recordings showcase her broad vocal range, from a deep resonating contralto to an amazing soaring soprano, revealing what is known to some as a “whistle register.” Ana signed to Sony Music’s Latin division at the age of 15 and recorded her debut album, Ana Cristina, in the Spanish language. In 2004, she was nominated for the Premio Lo Nuestro Award. The next year, she went on to become the first Hispanic-American to perform the “Star-Spangled Banner” for a presidential inauguration for President Bush in 2005. In 2016, Ana married music producer, John Carter Cash, and has since been writing and recording the music she was born to sing. Ana’s music perfectly blends her connection with rockabilly and gritty blues, adding in a flavor of country and soul to create her own distinctive sound. She made her Grand Ole Opry debut, performing her own original songs, in 2019. Earlier this year, Ana Cristina and her husband, John Carter Cash, appeared on Lolla2020, alongside Jane’s Addiction frontman and creator of Lollapalooza, Perry Farrell, and his wife Etty Lau Farrell. Other notable appearances Ana has made include performing at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Madison Square Garden, and various other major sporting events. She’s also made several appearances in television and film, including Showtime’s hit-show, Shameless as “Mrs. Hewitt,” and Christmas Crush, also known as Holiday High School Reunion.
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