In early December, Twin Cities musicians Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski posted a home recording of a cover of "Baby, It's Cold Outside", where they had updated the lyrics to make the conversation within the song reflect a more consensual relationship. It was a quick thing they had done for fun, but after a post sharing it by Minnesota Public Radio's The Current, the recording gained traction as was soon covered by Time and CNN.
As attention was growing, Lydia contacted me regarding promotional photos. With more requests coming in quickly, we scheduled time that same weekend to shoot. The photos have since run in the Chicago Tribune, NYPost, ABC's Nightline, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, among others.
The general excitement around the song lead to a connection for Josiah and Lydia with Rock the Cause, a Twin Cities non-profit record label, that helped Lydia and Josiah re-record the song at a studio for release. This recording of "Baby, It's Cold Outside " is now available through most digital music stores (iTunes, Amazon, etc.), with the proceeds benefiting organizations that work to end sexual violence. One of the images from my photo shoot with Lydia and Josiah became the digital album cover for the song.
Lydia and Josiah visited The Current's studios last week to record a video version of the song. As the video producer behind most of The Current's in-studio sessions, I filmed the performance by Lydia and Josiah. The Current released the video on Facebook and YouTube where it gathered 5 million views within a few days.
I was happy to contribute to the visual presence of the song through work on the promotional materials and for MPR's The Current. Listen to the studio version, and find video of their performance at The Current below: