The Young and the Rest… 

Stay tuned for more info on upcoming shows!

Heather Garborg Moen has displayed her heart with abundant love in SimpleGifts for over a decade. She now is displaying that same love to focus on her family — husband Lee, daughters Adeline and Esther. Heather is stepping away from the spotlight that she commanded with talent and charisma after contributing greatly to the evolution of SimpleGifts. I can’t be happier for her and equally sad for this chapter in all our lives to end!

Let’s all send love and cheers to Heather — the voice, the violinist, the pianist and Norwegian advocate; my long-time “co-pilot” and dear creative friend; nothing is meant to stay the same forever — but we sure DID make magic with you — and that magic lives on!

God Bless you Heather!
– Billy


Featuring Members of SimpleGifts – Laura, Amy, Karen!

The inspiration for The Church of the Lost Souls came from the audience when SimpleGifts performed The Young and the Rest at the Parkway a few years ago. After, numerous encores on a Saturday night, Billy explained “this HAS to be the last song. I have to be at church early in the morning! …or maybe we should leave all our equipment here and all come back and play for you tomorrow! We could call it The Church of the Lost Souls or something and just play whatever music makes us happy!” The audience response was thunderous and requests for this type of show have gone unabated ever since.

Filled with songs of both joy and introspection, this listening room/living room styled show will feature all kinds of new music each week with special guest acoustic artists. When allowed by MN Covid guidelines change, reserved ticket in-person socially distanced seating will allow for a live audience in addition to our livestream. More info will be available soon at and at:


Be part of our SimpleGifts Stream-Team!

One of the only ways for artists to succeed anymore is for our songs to get added to your play-lists whether you use Spotify, AppleMusic, Amazon etc. You can help us get noticed everytime you add one of our songs to your playlists. That’s all you need to do to join our new Stream Team. If you drop us a message about what you added recently we’ll add your name for a monthly drawing to win 2 tickets for one of our upcoming shows:

Thanks for always supporting SimpleGifts!

There’s no two ways about it – musicians’ livelihoods have recently been wiped-out and the pandemic has negatively affected all of us. We still believe that music is our best way to help heal others. We invite you to consider contributing to the SimpleGifts Life-Line-Fund. Your gifts will immediately impact the losses we are still experiencing as we try to heal the world with music. All of our upcoming shows have been restricted to just 25% of total capacity and this fund will help bridge the gap for members of our band and crew. It is hard asking for help and we know not everyone is in a position to throw us a “Life-Line”. Even an encouraging comment would mean a lot –

For years fans have been asking if there is way to listen to our music online…well, we are happy to announce that ALL SimpleGifts albums are now available for streaming or purchase across several online platforms!!!

Stream or download at Amazon, Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify and more. Every album from aSimpleGift to the latest, This Christmastide, is available digitally. Stream us to your heart’s content and please take a moment to follow us to stay connected for new music and exclusive playlists!

SimpleGifts is also releasing our first-ever streaming single on Nov 29th! Recorded LIVE at last year’s show in Marine-On-St. Croix, keep an eye out and spread the news about our groundbreaking version on God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen on Spotify/Amazon/Apple Music!


Here is what you all helped us accomplish for the 2019 Holiday Tour:

November 29 – Waconia Performing Arts Center, Waconia MN
December 6 – Lakeville Performing Arts Center, Lakeville MN
December 7 – Celtic Junction, St Paul MN
December 10 – Christ Presbyterian Church, Edina MN
December 12 – the Myers – Thrivent Community, Woodbury, MN
December 13 – Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Plymouth MN
December 14 – Memorial Auditorium, Worthington MN
December 15 – Paramount Theatre, Austin MN
December 17 – Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, Bloomington MN -Matinee
December 17 – Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, Bloomington MN -Evening
December 18 – Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, Bloomington MN -Matinee
December 18 – Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, Bloomington MN -Evening
December 19 – Marine City Hall, Marine-On-St-Croix MN
December 20 – Marine City Hall, Marine-On-St-Croix MN
December 21 – Marine City Hall, Marine-On-St-Croix MN
December 22 – Marine City Hall, Marine-On-St-Croix MN
December 23 – Marine City Hall, Marine-On-St-Croix MN



We hope you are having a wonderful 2019 so far!!! We can’t thank you all enough for making our 2018 Holiday Tour so special!

Do you know what we’re most looking forward to in 2019??? That we don’t have to wait 11 months to see you!!! We are thrilled to announce our year-round show, SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin presents The Young & the Rest…  An acoustic tribute to Neil Young and the rest of your favorite artists who defined an era and whose popularity endures – Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, America and more.

We are so excited to see you waaaay before November this year :-)

-SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin


It is quite something to be booking next year’s Christmas Tour while you haven’t even finished this year’s! That’s what we were busy doing at SG-HQ last December after developing new marketing materials earlier that summer like the videos you can watch here on our site. Getting ahead of the 2018 booking curve has us positioned for a record-breaking year as far as reaching folks who value the true Christmas story shared in song. We will bring SimpleGifts’ reputation as a unique musical force to communities and venues that haven’t seen us in years or will be welcoming us for the first time. Partnering with performing arts centers who have extensive contact lists will create opportunities for more audiences who have had enough of Frosty and Rudolph and are longing to be fed with soulful song-selections, arrangements, recordings and live performances. Our loyalty to long-time presenters and communities is well represented on our 2018 Tour while re-establishing and creating new ones.

Good thing we have our tour bus “Angel” and the best driver in the world, Mr. Danny Bury. We’re gonna be putting on more miles and are already praying it only snows on days we don’t have to travel. The top-notch audio, lighting and set design you are hoping to share with new family and friends you are planning to bring this year is also intact under the leadership of our corp crew – Les, TJ and Larry. We can’t wait for the tour to start!!!