Christmas Album

Christmas Album

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by Amy Grant

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Though she's gained superstar success in the Christian and pop music fields -- and has a brand-new pop Christmas bestseller to prove it -- Amy Grant's roots as a self-proclaimed Tennessee folkie are evident in her first Christmas recording. Grant's warmth shines through on the understated holiday gems "Heirlooms" and "Tennessee Christmas," while she lets loose with a…  See more details below


Though she's gained superstar success in the Christian and pop music fields -- and has a brand-new pop Christmas bestseller to prove it -- Amy Grant's roots as a self-proclaimed Tennessee folkie are evident in her first Christmas recording. Grant's warmth shines through on the understated holiday gems "Heirlooms" and "Tennessee Christmas," while she lets loose with a gospel-flavored joy on "Emmanuel."

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
At the age of 22, Amy Grant took another step in her career by issuing her first Christmas album in 1983. It was a logical-enough release for a Christian performer, but also one that suggested she was an established headliner, an artist whose versions of standards like "The Christmas Song" and "Little Town" (aka "O Little Town of Bethlehem") would be interesting to listeners because she was singing them. In her carefully planned march to mass popularity, the album represented at least one tentative outreach in a musical direction Grant would not pursue. The leadoff track, "Tennessee Christmas," found her husband and co-writer, Gary Chapman, playing a pedal steel guitar on a song that seemed intended to probe the country market and that actually earned some country radio play. But despite being a scion of the Nashville aristocracy (i.e., the wealthy families that long predated the rise of country music in the city), Grant was never really a country artist, and the rest of the album, cut at James William Guercio's Caribou Ranch studio complex, reflected the increasing influence of West Coast pop on her sound, with Los Angeles studio aces like Lenny Castro, Bill Champlin, Victor Feldman, Richard Page, and Dean Parks among the credits. Also increasing his influence was songwriter/keyboardist Michael W. Smith, who contributed such songs as "Emmanuel," a synthesizer-heavy pop
ock track that could have fit on one of Grant's regular albums. So could some of the other material, in fact. A Christmas Album was a record for the audience Grant had attracted with her 1982 breakthrough (and about to be gold) LP, Age to Age, an audience of Christian rock fans attracted by her personal approach to faith. It looked forward to her straddling of secular and CCM music, and as her star rose, it sold well perennially, eventually achieving multi-platinum status, helping associate Grant with the Christmas season as she went on to record more seasonal albums and tape holiday specials.

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Performance Credits

Amy Grant   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael W. Smith   Piano,Vocoder
Victor Feldman   Percussion,Shaker
Bill Champlin   Background Vocals
Gary Chapman   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Background Vocals
Jon Goin   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Fred Bock   Choir Director
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Tamara Champlin   Background Vocals
Shane Keister   Synthesizer,Piano,fender rhodes,Memory Moog,Mini Moog,Oberheim OB8
Steve George   Background Vocals
Debbie Hall   Background Vocals
Sandy Hall   Background Vocals
Hollywood Presbyterian Choir   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Edie Lehmann   Background Vocals
Paul Leim   Guitar,Drums,sleigh bells,Wood Block,Linn Drum
Thomas McAninch   Horn
Farrell Morris   Percussion,Glockenspiel,Shells,Bell-tree
David Page   Background Vocals
Richard Page   Background Vocals
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals
Gavyn Wright   Concert Master
Martyn Ford Orchestra   Strings,Horn,Woodwind

Technical Credits

Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Brown Bannister   Producer
Amy Grant   Liner Notes
Gary Chapman   Executive Producer
Fred Bock   Director
Shane Keister   Contributor
Gene Eichelberger   Engineer
Dennis Hill   Art Direction
Brent King   Engineer
Paul Leim   Simmons
Alan Moore   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement,Woodwind Arrangement
Jack Joseph Puig   Engineer
Mike Ross   Engineer
Jim Baird   Engineer
Charles Wesley   Composer
Bill Farrell   Artwork,Scenery
Michael Blanton   Executive Producer
Dan Harrell   Executive Producer
Ken Corlew   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Lennis Hill   Art Direction

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A Christmas Album 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with Joyce A. it is my favorite too. I also bought the CD because I wore the tape out. It is a beautiful collection of very touching songs, and there's just something about her voice. It is by far my all time favorite Christmas CD. You will enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is so incredible, it's hard putting it into words. She is a great vocalist and her words and the music just speak out to you. I can listen to this anytime of the year. You can't help but sing along with her. This album really teaches us something and I recommend this to everyone. It is truely spectacular.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amy Grant's "A Christmas Album" is one of those seasonal albums that is reloaded into the CD player year after year. Why? Because it accomplishes an aim that many Christmas albums attempt to reach, but fall short. First of all, it has original songs that aren't exactly the same, yet still fight right in with one another. "Tennessee Christmas" straddles a country sound that comes close to pop, "Emmanuel" is an undoubtedly 1980s synth tune in the pop/rock tradition, while "Heirlooms" is a nice, somewhat slow (almost) tearjerker that is a nice way to close the album. At the same time, "A Christmas Album" shows off traditional carols and standards that have been reworked for the 1980s. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "Little Town," both of which I consider the best versions of the song ever released, are sung in sincerity with electric guitar mixed in with a symphony sound to give that perfect mix of lushness with a danceable jam. "Sleigh Ride" and "The Christmas Song," the two nonreligious covers on the album, are also more than enjoyable, with Grant giving her full, yet somewhat withdrawn effort on both. Along with another perfect original, "Love Has Come," and a classic rendition of "Angels We Have Heard On High," the mentioned songs on the album evoke a kind memory of rushing down the stairs on Christmas morning and jumping headfirst into the heap of gifts under the tree. Amy Grant certainly knows how to make a good Christmas album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amy Grant is a wonderful Christian vocalist. I would like to let you know that her songs are very touching. I especially love the song heirlooms. If you think abnout the words as they're sung, you just drift off into a world of happiness with only God with you. Through the years Amy Grant's songs have brought me closer and closer to God. I hope they can work the wonderful miricles on you as they did on me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this as a cassette when it first came out and every holiday it is the one album I always keep coming back to. Amy Grant's voice is wonderful--full and rich and the song selections are very special. When you get tired of the same old Christmas tunes, these selections will keep you coming back. This album sets the holiday mood. Purchased the CD because we finally wore out the tape!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is a mixture of rejuvenated Christmas standards and all new compostions that will shape Christmas music of the future. Ms. Grant has a gift in both her musical skill and in her abillity to create touching lyrics. Joined on this album by Michael W. Smith, she creates music that touches the heart and pierces the soul. This album recaptures the true meaning of Christmas. A must-have in Christmas collections.
TNLIBRARIAN More than 1 year ago
I first purchased Amy Grant's Christmas Album years ago on cassette tape. I was really glad to find it available on CD. The album starts off with a good rendition of Tennessee Christmas. Amy puts her own unique spin on several well-known carols, such as Hark the Herald Angels Sing and O Little Town of Bethlehem. Every selection on the album is enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago