Rare Sufjan Stevens song ‘Lonely Man Of Winter’ to be released at last

The track was previously only shared with one fan as part of the musician's "Xmas Song Xchange Contest"

A rare Sufjan Stevens song will finally be released, it has been confirmed.

‘Lonely Man Of Winter’ was written in 2007 but was only shared with one fan as part of the musician’s “Xmas Song Xchange Contest”. While lucky winner Alec Duffy held listening parties for other fans to hear the track, it has never been made publicly available.

Now, it has been announced that the song will be released tomorrow (November 9). The original version of the track will be made available alongside a brand new version, produced by Doveman and featuring Melissa Mary Ahern.

The single will also include ‘Every Day Is Christmas’, the track written by Duffy that helped him win the contest. A vinyl version of the release will be out on December 7 via Asthmatic Kitty, with proceeds going to JACK, a non-profit venue in Brooklyn for which Duffy is a¬†founder and artistic director.

Earlier this year, Stevens confirmed his plans to reissue his 2006 album ‘Songs For Christmas’ on vinyl for the very first time. The box set will be released tomorrow and will feature all 42 songs from the original release.

The musician was invited to become a member of The Academy this year following his Oscar-nominated work on the soundtrack for Call Me By Your Name. In April, he performed the OST’s ‘Visions Of Gideon’ live for the first time at New York’s Town Hall.