Foxy Shazam frontman and Cincinnati-area native Eric Nally released a new solo track recently titled “Rich Life.” And while it is technically not a Christmas song, if people are able to say Die Hard is a Christmas movie with a straight face (and have people support that crazed assertion), then we are going to call “Rich Life” a Christmas song.
Besides being released during the holiday season and possessing jaunty, joyous rhythms, the Synth Pop-flavored “Rich Life” has a message that squares with the general sentiment of Christmas — you don’t need money to be rich. Or, as a comma-deficient post on Nally’s Instagram puts it, “don’t get wrapped up this holiday season remember whats really important you don’t need money to live the Rich Life.”
The track — Nally’s first new music in nearly a year (“Spirits,” his last single, dropped in January) — is currently available via Spotify and Apple Music/iTunes.
Nally was recently featured on the cover of CityBeat’s music issue ahead of his surprise appearance at the 2018 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards at Memorial Hall, where Nally closed out the show with a different new song and the single "Black," which was released last year.
In the accompanying feature story, the singer talked about his new music, which he said would be released at a later date under the title “Full Moon.” Nally said he’s been putting a lot of thought into the new material (written as he continues to tour regularly with Macklemore), and not just on a song-by-song basis.
“It’s definitely theatrical, more of a whole-picture thing,” Nally said. “I try to think in terms of directors, to have a vision and be able to put it together in more than just a song. I want to expand and show my art as bigger than just a song. And the song is really important to me, but I’ve been focusing on seeing that bigger picture.”
Read CityBeat’s full interview with Eric Nally here.