(Tooth & Nail)
Artists like Mae, Copeland, and The Fold add their own special touch to Christmas favorites like “Carol of the Bells,” “Do You Hear What I Hear” and “O Holy Night” as well as original holiday songs from Switchfoot, Emery, Relient K and John Davis. There’s even a cover of George Michael’s “Last Christmas” from Hawk Nelson. Don’t be put off by the rock label; the songs are very well-done and a refreshing change from the same old overly-produced and repetitive elevator music piped throughout the malls during the Christmas season.
A NehoSoul Christmas
Bryan Duncan and the NehoSoul Band
(Red Road Records)
Take a little bit of R&B, throw in some funky gospel stylings and mix it all with a smooth harmonies and some bursts of horns, and you’ve got A NeoSoul Christmas with Bryan Duncan and the NeoSoul Band. Just the right blend of soulful spiritual focus with a healthy dose of plain old fun - this album needs to be in your Christmas collection.
All I Really Want For Christmas
Steven Curtis Chapman
This Christmas CD opens with the story of Jesus’ birth in Luke, read by Steven and Mary Beth Chapman’s daughter, Shaoey, the first of three children the Chapman family have adopted from China. It’s a great way to open an album celebrating the birth of Christ from an artist who has championed the cause of orphans. As you’d expect from the Chapman, this is a wonderful collection of new and familiar Christmas songs. But more than that it’s a reminder that the gifts we find under the tree are nothing compared to the gift of serving Christ. And don’t miss the Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman’s book The Christmas Miracle, an illustrated children’s story about Shaoey and her ladybug friend, Dot. When Shaoey is sick in bed with a fever, she and Dot discover that Christmas isn’t just about baking cookies or wrapping gifts. Available from Tommy Nelson publishers.
Come Let Us Adore Him: A Christmas Worship Experience
(Provident Music Group)
From Steve Hindalong and Marc Byrd, the producers who brought us City On A Hill, comes a Christmas compilation with a worship focus from artists like Jars of Clay, Bebo Norman, Third Day, Cliff and Danielle Young and Andrew Osenga of Caedmon’s Call. Beautiful vocals and a rich sound make this the perfect Christmas album to reflect on the meaning of the season. The CD comes with a bonus devotional guide.
This 30 song compilation is the definitive Christmas collection. It includes 15 new songs from artists like Stephen Curtis Chapman, Chris Tomlin, Big Daddy Weave, and Casting Crowns plus 15 Christmas favorites performed by your favorite artists from every genre of music, like David Crowder Band, Jump 5, Kutless, and Clay Aiken. There’s enough diversity of style to appeal to any music fan.