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2020 Music In Kansas City | Kansas City Holiday Songs

Barnaby Bright
Barnaby Bright's album "Bleak Midwinter" was released in 2020 and its song "If We Listen" made Bill Brownlee's best holiday music list.

If you're looking for a soundtrack for the end of 2020, look no further than this playlist for the holiday season and the best new songs of the year by Kansas City artists.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:04: The best songs to come out of Kansas City in 2020.

In spite of the pandemic, a lot of great music came out of Kansas City this year. From Blackstarkids' “Acting Normal” to Bobby Watson's “Condition Blue,” here are the songs music critic Bill Brownlee was especially impressed with.

Segment 2, beginning at 29:24: The best holiday songs by Kansas City artists.

From Charlie Parker's “White Christmas” to Melissa Etheridge's “Light a Light,” Kansas City has a rich collection of music for this time of year. Here are the songs music critic Bill Brownlee strongly recommends adding to your holiday playlist.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann, and other podcasts at KCUR Studios. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.