A Christmas Album

A Christmas Album

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by Michael Crawford
     
 

To prove that even phantoms know how to celebrate the Christmas season in grand style, Michael Crawford -- the man who brought life to the lead protagonist of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Phantom of the Opera -- brings all his celebrated vocal zest and fervor to his new holiday recording. Mixing beloved Christmas standards ("Angels We Have Heard on High," "O HolySee more details below

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To prove that even phantoms know how to celebrate the Christmas season in grand style, Michael Crawford -- the man who brought life to the lead protagonist of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Phantom of the Opera -- brings all his celebrated vocal zest and fervor to his new holiday recording. Mixing beloved Christmas standards ("Angels We Have Heard on High," "O Holy Night," "Joy To the World") with contemporary songs of the season ("Mary Did You Know?," "A Strange Way to Save the World," "Scarlet Ribbons") Crawford has made a old-meets-new Christmas recording that suits the characteristic late '90s mood of nostalgia and hopefulness. Working with of-the-moment producers -- Greg Nelson, David Foster, and Michael Omartian -- gives Crawford a bright, exuberant sound perfect for the uplifting spirit of the songs. The album's centerpiece, "A Journey to Bethlehem (A Christmas Medley)," finds Crawford melding together 15 songs with effortless grace. A tasteful triumph of updated tradition, A Christmas Album has all the makings of a classic.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Michael Crawford's In the Moon of Wintertime: Christmas with Michael Crawford features holiday favorites like "Angels We Have Heard on High" and "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," and less well-known songs such as "Strange Way to Save the World," "Scarlet Ribbons," and "Candlelight Carol." Crawford's powerful, expressive vocals make this Christmas album a must for Broadway fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/1999
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678322228
catalogNumber:
83222
Rank:
106550

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Crawford   Primary Artist,Vocals
Twila Paris   Track Performer
Jack Jezzro   Bass,Vocals
David Foster   Piano
Eric Darken   Percussion,Snare Drums
Ronn Huff   Conductor
David Angell   Violin
Jeff Bailey   Trumpet
Lori Brooks   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Catchings   Cello
Jackie Cusic   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Davidson   Violin
Ellen Dockery   Vocals,Background Vocals
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin,Leader
Barry Green   Trombone
Jim Grosjean   Viola
John Hammond   Percussion
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
Mary Alice Hoepfinger   Harp
Emily Howell   Children's Chorus
David Huntsinger   Piano
Lee Larrison   Violin
Bob Mason   Cello
Rob Mathes   Conductor
Chris McDonald   Trombone
Ellen Musick   Vocals,Background Vocals
Craig Nelson   Bass
Ken Nelson   Vocals
Michael Omartian   Synthesizer,Piano
Bob Parr   Bass
Kathryn Plummer   Viola
Jane Sherberg   Vocals,Background Vocals
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Roger Spencer   Bass
Liz Stewart   Bass
Bobby G. Taylor   English Horn,Oboe
Leah Taylor   Vocals,Background Vocals
Greg Thomas   Vocals
Kelsey Tunney   Children's Chorus
Alan Umstead   Violin
Catherine Umstead   Violin
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Wayne Wilson   Vocals
Joy Worland   French Horn
Barbara Miller   Harp
Lisa Cochran   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ashley Melling   Vocals
Ron Sorbo   Percussion
Kelly Stewart   Vocals,Children's Chorus
Michael Jones   Children's Chorus
Marabeth Jordon   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gil Long   Tuba
Landon Pigg   Children's Chorus
Monisa Angell   Viola
David Hamilton   Conductor
Karen Winkelmann   Violin
Julie Tanner   Cello
Lee Levine   Clarinet
Cate Myer   Violin
Emily Webb   Leader,Children's Chorus
Gerald Greer   Violin
Betty Small   Violin
Brandon Hargest   Children's Chorus
Janet Askey   Violin
Evan Broder   Vocals
Ann Richards   Fiddle,Flute
Mark Buchanan   Vocals
Margaret Mason   Cello
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen   Cello
Trish Andress   Vocals
Leigh Andrews   Children's Chorus
Matthew Andrews   Children's Chorus
Patricia Cullum   Vocals
Jordan Dockery   Children's Chorus
Jonathan Durham   Children's Chorus
Ginger Goodall   Vocals
Katie Hagen   French Horn
Mark Huang   Bass
Dede Jacobs   Viola
Rob Jenson   Vocals
Christ John   Background Vocals
Bethany Jones   Children's Chorus
Michelle Joss   Vocals
Graham Keen   Children's Chorus
Dan Killman   Vocals
Jennifer Kummer   French Horn
Carin Lake   Children's Chorus
Jordan Lindsey   Children's Chorus
Bradley Mansell   Cello
Keith More   Vocals
Gloria Parvin   Vocals
Linda Patterson   French Horn
Gabe Pigg   Children's Chorus
Robert Pitts   Vocals
Denise Pitzer   Vocals,Background Vocals
Miriam Porter   Vocals
Carol Poston   Vocals
Cindy Roberts   Vocals,Background Vocals
Thomas Romines   Vocals
Peggy Stewart   Vocals,Background Vocals
Anne Thomas   Vocals
Patti Thomas   Vocals
Adam Vance   Children's Chorus
Glenn Wanner   Bass
Lynn Peithman   Cello
Margaret Bredermann   Vocals
Charlie Crow   Vocals
Susan Culbreath   Vocals
Nahsville String Machine   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
David Foster   Arranger,Producer
Greg Nelson   Arranger,Producer
Ronn Huff   Arranger
Terry Christian   Engineer
Bill Deaton   Engineer
Megan Dockery   Contributor
Emily Howell   Contributor
David Huntsinger   Arranger
Kid Connection   Contributor
Brent King   Engineer
Arif Mardin   Producer
Rob Mathes   String Arrangements
Nashville String Machine   Contributor
Michael Omartian   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Schmitt   Engineering
Kelsey Tunney   Contributor
Whitney Tunney   Contributor
Wayne Wilson   Contributor
Brittany Hargest   Contributor
Michael Jones   Contributor
Richard Bates   Art Direction
Landon Pigg   Contributor
David Hamilton   Arranger
Robyn Smith   Arranger
Mark VanSickle   Contributor
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
A.J. Nelson   Contributor
Fred Paragano   Contributor,Digital Editing
Brandon Hargest   Contributor
Mark Buchanan   Contributor
Trish Andress   Contributor
Leigh Andrews   Contributor
Matthew Andrews   Contributor
Andrea Brooks   Art Direction
Edward Culbreath   Contributor
Jordan Dockery   Contributor
Jonathan Durham   Contributor
Ginger Goodall   Contributor
Janet Hamlin   Illustrations
Rob Jenson   Contributor
Bethany Jones   Contributor
Michelle Joss   Contributor
Graham Keen   Contributor
Dan Killman   Contributor
Jordan Lindsey   Contributor
Keith More   Contributor
New Cumberland Singers   Contributor
Gloria Parvin   Contributor
Gabe Pigg   Contributor
Robert Pitts   Contributor
Miriam Porter   Contributor
Carol Poston   Contributor
Thomas Romines   Contributor
Chelsea Smith   Contributor
Anne Thomas   Contributor
Adam Vance   Contributor
Margaret Bredermann   Contributor
Charlie Crow   Contributor
Susan Culbreath   Contributor
Hank Williams   Mastering
Lewis Redner   Composer

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