December 22, 2020

The Criminal Records label has announced a The Kut Christmas single.  Waiting for Christmas was to be released on Friday December 18th, with 100% of profit from sales and streams being donated to the Red Cross – supporting those affected by poverty as a result of the pandemic.

Nominated as Breakthrough Artist 2019 in the Live UK Music Business Awards, and Semi-Finalist/Finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest for three consecutive years, multi-instrumentalist The Kut has been an inspiration for independent musicians.  Her debut album Valley Of Thorns spent two weeks in the Official Charts, reaching No. 7 in the UK Rock Albums Chart and No. 18 in the UK Independent Albums Chart.

The Kut has helped redefine how risk for schizophrenia is measured in her recent PhD thesis, with major implications for earlier detection of those at risk of developing a psychosis related illness.

In a statement announcing the single, The Kut announced “so many people are suffering right now.  People who have lost loved ones due to coronavirus, as well as a result of hospitals cancelling vital treatments.  The situation right now means that many families are not even able to grieve together, while also facing financial hardship such as being furloughed, made redundant or even homeless ahead of Christmas.  The Red Cross has an incredible reputation as a charity and were early to announce their Coronavirus Crisis Fund to support those affected by poverty during the pandemic”.

“We know the single is an underdog, by the design of the music industry, but I am appealing to our supporters and to Christmas and music lovers in our community…  If we can raise even a few hundred pounds for those affected by poverty during the pandemic, and support families, we would love to do that. We have lost so many people before their time, and so many families are suffering and feel alone.  With the single, we are collectively raising a candle for all those we have lost and showing solidarity with our wider community this Christmas.”

Recorded at Fiction Studios London and mastered at Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright (who has mastered records by Coldplay, The Verve and also Elton John’s Candle In The Wind), The Kut single Waiting For Christmas releases on 18th December, with 100% of profits from sales and streams going to the Red Cross Coronavirus Crisis Fund this Christmas.

The Kut has a dedicated website set up for the fundraiser at, including the three single versions (official release, radio edit and instrumental), music video and CD singles with limited edition artwork.

Waiting For Christmas

Record Label: Criminal Records

Format: 3 x Digital Singles plus Limited-Edition CD Remix-Single

Produced by Jack Ashley. Recorded at Fiction Studios. Mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road.

Lyrics by Princess Maha.

Arranged and Performed by Princess Maha (vocals, guitar, keys), Diana Bartmann (drums), Jennifer Sanin (bass, vocals). Strings: Kate Shortt (cello), Celica Pedregal (violin).

Available at iTunes, Amazon, Deezer, Bandcamp, Spotify and all good digital retailers.

Digital downloads and CD singles (featuring limited-edition artwork) are available on the official release website

100% of profits from sales and streams from Waiting For Christmas are donated to Red Cross Coronavirus Crisis Fund – to support those who are affected by poverty during the pandemic.

The Kut Biography

Finalist of the UK Songwriting Contest and Semi-Finalist of the International Songwriting Competition, THE KUT, is a multi-instrumental and recent PhD Graduate. Live, The Kut is a trio feat. Nominated Breakthrough Artiste 2019 in the Live UK Music Business Awards, The Kut, debut album Valley of Thorns was signed by Cargo Records worldwide in 2018.

Produced by James LeRock Loughrey (Skindred / Def Leppard), the album spent two weeks in the UK Rock Albums Chart, reaching No.7 and charting in 6 other UK album charts.  Supporting DJs include Kerrang! Radio’s Johnny Doom, Sean McGinty at BBC Introducing, Wyatt Wendels at Planet Rock, Tony Wilson at Total Rock, Hard Rock Hell Radio, as well as Def Leppard’s own front-man Joe Elliott.

Publicly voted MTV Brand New Unsigned finalist some time earlier in 2014, The Kut debut album was long anticipated, but delayed. On release it achieved airplay on 100+ stations worldwide including AAA, Specialist and College Radio playlisting in 12 US States. The North American release led to NACC Rock Chart adds, with three album tracks in the chart at one time! Video playlists include MTV-U USA, Scuzz, AXS TV USA and Soundnet. Tours have comprised of successful headliners across the UK, and in Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and Czech Republic. Festivals include Download Festival, Camden Rocks, Rebellion Festival, Amplified, Wilkestock, Croydon Rocks & BBC Introducing Stages, with a recently rescheduled tour supporting Danko Jones planned for December 2021.

The single Waiting For Christmas is an unexpected musical twist for the rock artist, and comes complete with cello, violin and Christmas bells. The single donates 100% of profits from sales and streams to the Red Cross Coronavirus Crisis poverty fund.


Princess Maha (vocals, guitar, keys)

Diana Bartmann (drums)

Jennifer Sanin (bass, vocals)