Christmas to Remember

Christmas to Remember

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by Amy Grant

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In many artists' hands, Christmas albums seem a cynical marketing ploy. Not so with Amy Grant, the most successful Christian vocalist of the last two decades. A Christmas to Remember displays the sincerity and variety that has made her annual "Tennessee Christmas" concerts so successful. Several selections ("Silent Night," "Angus Dei") have the strong…  See more details below


In many artists' hands, Christmas albums seem a cynical marketing ploy. Not so with Amy Grant, the most successful Christian vocalist of the last two decades. A Christmas to Remember displays the sincerity and variety that has made her annual "Tennessee Christmas" concerts so successful. Several selections ("Silent Night," "Angus Dei") have the strong devotional bent one might expect, while others ("Christmas to Remember," the lightly swinging "Christmas Can't Be Very Far Away") celebrate family and tradition in more secular terms. "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Mr. Santa," a jazzy rewrite of "Mister Sandman," represent the season's lighter side, and the serene instrumentals "Highland Cathedral" and "Gabriel's Oboe" complete the package. Some may find the more contemporary numbers bland, but Grant sings warmly and tastefully throughout. This collection is sure to delight fans of Grant's similarly themed Home for Christmas (1992) and A Christmas Album (1983), or of well-crafted mainstream vocal music in general.

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All Music Guide - Gina Boldman
Amy Grant's previous two holiday releases (1983's Christmas Album and 1992's Home for Christmas) focused on traditional tunes, so there was little for Grant to do on her third holiday album but branch out. A Christmas to Remember concentrates on contemporary and original songs -- "Christmas Can't Be Very Far Away," "'Til the Season Comes 'Round Again," "Christmas Lullaby (I Will Lead You Home)," "Mister Santa" (a rehash of "Mr. Sandman"), and "Welcome to Our World" -- and flirts with jazz and big band sounds. The few classics ("Agnus Dei," "Highland Cathedral," "Silent Night") sound a little clumsy when coupled with "Jingle Bell Rock," but Grant's fans will be pleased with her conventional, amiable album.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy Grant   Primary Artist
Gary Foster   Woodwind
Jack Jezzro   Bass
Patrick Williams   Conductor,Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Eric Darken   Percussion
Ronn Huff   Conductor
Walt Harrah   Choir, Chorus
Beverly Darnall   Vocal Harmony
Morgan Ames   Choir, Chorus
Dale Anderson   Percussion
David Angell   Violin
Jeff Bailey   Trumpet
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Lisa Bevill   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dick Bolks   Choir, Chorus
William Booth   Trombone
Susan Boyd   Choir, Chorus
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Amick Byram   Choir, Chorus
Darius Campo   Violin
John Catchings   Cello,Celli
Alvin Chea   Choir, Chorus,Group
Ernie Collins   Trombone
Mathew Cooker   Cello,Celli
Randy Crenshaw   Choir, Chorus,Group
David Davidson   Violin
Donna Davidson   Choir, Chorus
Jay Dawson   Pipe
Assa Drori   Violin
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Bill Elton   Trombone
Kirstin Fife   Violin
Ronald Folsom   Violin
Roger Freeland   Choir, Chorus
Gene Morford   Choir, Chorus
Vince Gill   Vocal Harmony
Jim Gilstrap   Choir, Chorus
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin,Concert Master
John Goux   Guitar
Endre Granat   Violin,Concert Master
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Sandi Hall   Choir, Chorus
John Hammond   Drums
Linda Harmon   Choir, Chorus
Terry Harrington   Choir, Chorus
Scottie Haskell   Choir, Chorus
Clayton Haslop   Violin
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
Gwen Heller   Violin
Tom Hemby   Acoustic Guitar
Dan Higgins   Woodwind
Mary Alice Hoepfinger   Harp
Jim Hughart   Bass,Rhythm Bass
David Huntsinger   Harpsichord
Sheri Izzard   Choir, Chorus
Luana Jackman   Choir, Chorus
Clydene Jackson   Choir, Chorus
Marni Johnson   French Horn
David Joyce   Choir, Chorus
Jon Joyce   Choir, Chorus,Group
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello,Celli
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello,Celli
Michael Lang   Piano
Lee Larrison   Violin
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Melissa MacKay   Choir, Chorus
Bob Mason   Celli
Chris McDonald   Trombone
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Michael Mellett   Vocals,Background Vocals
Craig Nelson   Bass,Electric Bass
Barbara Northcutt   Woodwind
Michael Omartian   Piano
Simon Oswell   Viola
Kathryn Plummer   Viola
Bob Sanov   Violin
Jim Self   Tuba
Don Shelton   Choir, Chorus,Group
David Shostac   Woodwind
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Tina Soule   Cello,Celli
David Stenske   Violin
Sally Stevens   Choir, Chorus
Liz Stewart   Bass
Sheridon Stokes   Woodwind
Bobby G. Taylor   Oboe
Bobby Taylor   Oboe
George Tidwell   Trumpet
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Carmen Twillie   Choir, Chorus
Alan Umstead   Violin
Catherine Umstead   Violin
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
James Walker   Woodwind
Mervyn Warren   Choir, Chorus,Group
Miwako Watanabe   Violin
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone
John West   Choir, Chorus
Ann White   Choir, Chorus
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Joy Worland   French Horn
Gregg Field   Drums
Elin Carlson   Choir, Chorus
Joann Cruthirds   Violin
Carol Davis   Drums
Marcia Dickstein   Harp
Ray Kelly   Cello,Celli
Susie Stevens Logan   Choir, Chorus
Paul Tobias   Violin
Cynthia Estill   Bassoon
Gil Long   Tuba
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Bob Joyce   Choir, Chorus
J.D. Cunningham   Vocals,Background Vocals
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Carolyn Osborn   Violin
Tim Divers   Trumpet
Timothy Landauer   Cello,Celli
Carole Neuen-Rabinowitz   Cello,Celli
Monisa Angell   Viola
Karen Winkelmann   Violin
Julie Tanner   Cello,Celli
Billy Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Lee Levine   Clarinet
Bruce Christensen   Viola
Hershberger   Violin
Angela Wiegand   Woodwind
Mimi Granat   Viola
Cate Myer   Violin
John A. Reynolds   French Horn
Paul Klintworth   French Horn
Gerald Greer   Violin
Keith Greene   Viola
Betty Small   Violin
Janet Askey   Violin
Edie Lehmann Boddicker   Choir, Chorus
Tiffiany Yi Hu   Violin
Eve Butler   Violin
Tim Morrison   Trumpet,Soloist
Jennifer Walton   Violin
Margaret Mason   Cello,Celli
Katie Hagen   French Horn
Jennifer Kummer   French Horn
Bradley Mansell   Cello,Celli
Linda Patterson   French Horn
Glenn Wanner   Bass
Denise Baker   Violin
Lynn Peithman   Cello,Celli
Beverly Drukker   Violin
Liane Mautner   Violin
Pat Williams Orchestra   Multi Instruments
Bob Becker   Viola
Prentiss Hobbs   Trombone
John Beeney   Choir, Chorus
Henry Gronnier   Violin
Ann Richards   Flute
John West   Choir, Chorus
Malcolm McNab   Trumpet
John F. Hammond   Drums
Mark Adams   French Horn
Jim Grojean   Viola
Nashville Pipes And Drums   Bagpipes,Drums
Nashville Studio Orchestra   Multi Instruments,Performing Ensemble
Jimmy Lee Solas   Bass
Jocelyn Sprouse   Violin
Grace Stumb   Children's Voices
Tay Tischer   Viola
Carrie Wann   Violin
Frances Lui   Bass
Rich Logan   Choir, Chorus,Group
Alex Iles   Trombone
Donald Ferrone   Bass
Kenneth Kugler   Trombone
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Karen Jones   Violin
Jon Lewis   Trumpet
Raymond Tischer   Viola

Technical Credits

Amy Grant   Executive Producer
Michael W. Smith   Composer
Patrick Williams   Arranger,String Arrangements
Ronn Huff   Arranger
Franz Gruber   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Terry Christian   Engineer
Jennifer Cooke   Executive Producer
Michael Omartian   Arranger,Producer
Gene Puerling   Vocal Arrangements
Schmitt   Engineer
John Barlow Jarvis   Composer
Tony Christian   Engineer
Michael Blanton   Executive Producer
Beth Lee   Art Direction
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Chuck.dsg Hargett   Contributor
James Ross Boothe   Composer
Joseph Carleton Beal   Composer

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A Christmas to Remember 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD just arrived 2 days ago and I've already listened to it a dozen times! Amy's sweet voice in this wonderful collection of Christmas songs just completes the holiday for me! She sings some traditional songs and gives them a new lift and I love every one of the new holiday songs she has included as well! Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amy's voice gets mellower and sweeter each year that passes by - the sensitivity and warmth she lends to this CD makes Christmas special. There are festive songs such as ''Jingle Bell Rock'' and ''Mister Santa''...and there are beautiful songs such as ''Welcome to Our World'' and ''A Christmas to Remember'' that reflect upon all that we are thankful for. Her voice is as wonderful as ever and this CD will NOT disappoint!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amy Grant's third Christmas offering left me cold. I found it dull and unispired. The first two tracks were the best on the album - it's all downhill after that. Especially annoying are tracks 6 and 7 (''Jingle Bell Rock'' and ''Mister Santa'' respectively). I think I've listened to this album about three times since buying it in 1999. This is coming from a bonafide AG fan: buy her excellent 1983 ''A Christmas Album'' and 1992's release ''Home for Christmas'' and run far from this ''Christmas to [Forget]''
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title song is the weakest on the CD, ironically. Get past that, and you'll enjoy this CD. It boasts a good mix of songs to help celebrate the Christmas season.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago