Every year, as the holidays near, we like to leave our readers with a little Christmas gift. In the past, we’ve put out a Christmas card and modified poem, as well as a special Christmas song from a local musician.

This year, we have a lot to be thankful for. During times where racism is running rampant, politics have somehow taken an even worse turn, and we’re basically living in the upside-down, Lawrence has delivered with a consistent set of live shows that have been the bright spots in a very bleak year… and we have a little bit of Black Girl Magic to thank for that. At the forefront of the scene, musicians like Alexa Sharpe (of Jade Archetype), Stitch81Classic, Mae C, and a host of others provided nonstop quality music and outstanding live shows. Their voices rang loud and clear as a bell (a slay bell, if you will) during the one of the most depressing years on record.

So we called upon Alex Williams (of UltraVivid), Cuee, and Khrystal to star in our 2017 I Heart Local Music Christmas Card. We’ve declared Black Girl Magic the winner of 2017 here in Lawrence, and these gals are never in short supply. Here they are, cracking some nuts (watch out!), with some fond holiday greetings of their own.

We present to you, the LFK local music 2017 Christmas Card (brought to you by I Heart Local Music and a little Black Girl Magic).

I Heart Local Music 2017 Christmas Card / Photo by Fally Afani

I Heart Local Music 2017 Christmas Card / Photo by Fally Afani

Cuee / Photo by Fally Afani

Cuee / Photo by Fally Afani

Name: Cuee

Who’s been naughty this year?

“I heard through the grapevine that I was. I don’t call it naughty, though. I call it shameless.”

Who’s been nice?

“Every venue that let me spark up their stage this past year- s/o to y’all.”

What do you want Santa to bring you?

“New kicks, new opportunities in 2018, and new music!”

Khrystal / Photo by Fally Afani

Khrystal / Photo by Fally Afani

Name: Khrystal

Who’s been naughty this year?

“Me, depending on who you ask.”

Who’s been nice?

“Also me, depending on who you ask.”

What do you want Santa to bring you?

“Joy. You can never have enough joy.”

Alex Williams / Photo by Fally Afani

Alex Williams / Photo by Fally Afani

Name: Alex Williams

Band: UltraVivid

Who’s been naughty this year? Who’s been nice?

“I’ve been both! Definitely was naughty towards injustice, and nice to myself by keeping the music going and having fun. I had a lot of fun volunteering for projects in our community.”

What do you want Santa to bring you?

“If Santa could bring me anything, I would want gear for an in-home laboratory. Or an old-school ribbon microphone!”

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