City on a Hill: It's Christmas Time

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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
The third installment in the oh-so-cool City On a Hill series is a collection of spiritually-oriented holiday fare performed by CCM hipsters such as Leigh Nash Sixpence None the Richer, Michael Tait dc Talk, Derri Daugherty The Choir, Jars of Clay, and Caedmon's Call. No "Jingle Bells" here, this is a project that points listeners toward the more serious moods of the season. Acoustic-folk treatments of "O Holy Night," "In the Bleak Midwinter," and "Away In a Manger" are a delightful alternative to the polished pop Christmas fare offered elsewhere; a highlight is the original material penned by such noteworthy tunesmiths as Julie Miller and Terry Scott Taylor, who also ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
The third installment in the oh-so-cool City On a Hill series is a collection of spiritually-oriented holiday fare performed by CCM hipsters such as Leigh Nash Sixpence None the Richer, Michael Tait dc Talk, Derri Daugherty The Choir, Jars of Clay, and Caedmon's Call. No "Jingle Bells" here, this is a project that points listeners toward the more serious moods of the season. Acoustic-folk treatments of "O Holy Night," "In the Bleak Midwinter," and "Away In a Manger" are a delightful alternative to the polished pop Christmas fare offered elsewhere; a highlight is the original material penned by such noteworthy tunesmiths as Julie Miller and Terry Scott Taylor, who also perform. The mood is reflective, almost meditative; designed to lure listeners away from the fractious holiday hubbub and inward toward one's spiritual core, it's a nice dose of peace on earth during what is often a stressful season.
All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The third release in the acoustic-based CCM all-star series is an easy-spirited introduction to the concept for those preferring the sweet familiarity of traditional holiday classics. But it's not just a nice compilation of songs you've heard over and over. Amidst the organic readings of "Silent Night" vocal by Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer and "Away in a Manger" done solemnly by Julie Miller and Derri Daugherty are new songs by Terry Scott Taylor the loping folk tune "Holy Emmanuel", Caedmon's Call a very Celtic-flavored "Babe in the Straw", and Jars of Clay very elegant and restrained on "Bethlehem Town". Other highlights are "In the Bleak Midwinter" by the Paul Colman Trio and the gorgeous harmony vocals by Sixpence None the Richer's Nash and Michael Tait on the closer, "Oh Holy Night." The point of this series is not just to gather and further expose top CCM artists to a wider audience, but to show that less is sometimes more in the often over the top realm of Christmas music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • Label: Essential
  • UPC: 083061069322
  • Catalog Number: 10693
  • Sales rank: 238,131

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (0:32)
  2. 2 It's Christmas Time - Sara Groves (3:11)
  3. 3 Silent Night - Sixpence None the Richer (3:39)
  4. 4 Holy Emmanuel - Terry Scott Taylor (2:51)
  5. 5 Babe in the Straw - Caedmon's Call (4:56)
  6. 6 Child of Love - Sara Groves (3:25)
  7. 7 Bethlehem Town - Jars of Clay (4:35)
  8. 8 Manger Throne - Derri Daugherty (3:25)
  9. 9 Away in a Manger - Derri Daugherty (1:47)
  10. 10 Do You Hear What I Hear? - Out of Eden (3:00)
  11. 11 In the Bleak Midwinter - Paul Coleman Trio (3:47)
  12. 12 O Holy Night - Leigh Nash (5:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Phil Madeira Accordion, Hammond Organ, chamberlain
Julie Miller Vocals, Background Vocals
Terry Scott Taylor Vocals
David Davidson Violin
Steve Hindalong Percussion, Chimes, Drums, Glockenspiel, Bells
Dennis Holt Drums
Tom Howard Piano, Conductor
The Nashville String Machine Performing Ensemble
Out of Eden Vocals
Chris Donohue Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Recorder, Viola Da Gamba
Dan Haseltine Percussion, Vocals, Moog Synthesizer
Paul Colman Vocals
John Painter Horn, Pump Organ
Charlie Lowell Dulcimer, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Michael Tait Vocals
Derri Daugherty Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Todd Bragg Drums
Matt Odmark 12-string Guitar
Mark "Anarchy" Lee Electric Guitar
Matt Slocum Acoustic Guitar, Cello, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Cliff Young Vocals
Brad Avery Electric Guitar
Mac Powell Vocals
Nate Sabin Flute
Andrea Baca Vocals
Leigh Nash Vocals
Danielle Kimmey Vocals
Garett Buell Percussion
Tai Anderson Bass Guitar
Danielle Young Vocals
Aaron Sands Bass Guitar, French Horn
Sara Groves Vocals
Jamie Kenney Keyboards
Technical Credits
Clifton Chenier Composer
The Five Keys Composer
Phil Madeira Engineer
Steve Hindalong Arranger, Producer
Tom Howard Arranger, String Arrangements
Ken Love Mastering
David Schober Engineer
Jars of Clay Producer
Bob Wohler Executive Producer
John Painter Arranger, Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Derri Daugherty Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Robert Beeson Art Direction
Matt Slocum Arranger
Jordan Richter Engineer
Fred Paragano Digital Editing
Kim Thomas Cover Art
Traditional Composer
Rendy Lovelady Executive Producer
Mitch Dane Engineer, drum programming
Jamie Kenney Engineer
Jordyn Thomas Art Direction
Lisa Kimmey Vocal Arrangements
Gloria Shayne Baker Composer
James R. Murray Composer
Leon X A Schleinger Composer
Ian Fraser Composer
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