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It's a Wonderful Christmas

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Christian pop superstar Michael W. Smith presents his third Christmas collection, and it's a classy, reverent affair featuring the singer backed by a 67 piece orchestra. Recorded at London's famed Abbey Road studios, It's a Wonderful Christmas introduces nine Smith originals alongside the standard "What Child Is This," plus a duet with American Idol finalist Mandisa, "Christmas Day."
All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
Smitty's third holiday album was epic in scope, with four choirs and a 65-piece orchestra offering plenty of Christmas grandeur. Close to half of the album is instrumental, which drew comparisons to 2000s Freedom. The vocal numbers like...
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Editorial Reviews

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Christian pop superstar Michael W. Smith presents his third Christmas collection, and it's a classy, reverent affair featuring the singer backed by a 67 piece orchestra. Recorded at London's famed Abbey Road studios, It's a Wonderful Christmas introduces nine Smith originals alongside the standard "What Child Is This," plus a duet with American Idol finalist Mandisa, "Christmas Day."
All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
Smitty's third holiday album was epic in scope, with four choirs and a 65-piece orchestra offering plenty of Christmas grandeur. Close to half of the album is instrumental, which drew comparisons to 2000s Freedom. The vocal numbers like "The Promise" and "Christmas Morning" draw Smith's trademark personal touch. The album falls somewhere between 1989's Christmas and 1998's Christmastime, utilizing the full sound of the backing groups to its greatest extent. In its best moments, the album exudes the same mastery of the adult contemporary sound as Jim Brickman's The Gift. Give credit to this contemporary Christian vet for adding so richly to the Christmas songbook at a point in his career that so few reach and at which even fewer make meaningful contributions to their respective genres.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2007
  • Label: Reunion
  • UPC: 602341012324
  • Catalog Number: 10123
  • Sales rank: 10,483

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael W. Smith Primary Artist, Piano
James Gregory Bass
Children's Choir Children's Chorus
Sam Bacco Bass Drums, Snare Drums
David Davidson Violin
Bonnie Keen Background Vocals
Paul Liem Drums
The London Session Orchestra Performing Ensemble
David Hamilton Synthesizer, Piano, Celeste, Conductor, Hammond Organ
Skip Cleavinger Bagpipes, Penny Whistle, Low Whistle
John Coates Choir Director
John Tobin Children's Choirmaster
James Gregory Bass
John E. Coates Choir Director
Perry Montague-Mason Concert Master
Mandisa Vocals
Choristers of Reigate St. Mary's Boy's Choir
Sandy Hamilton Children's Choirmaster
David Hamilton Synthesizer, Piano, Celeste, Conductor, Hammond Organ
Nashville Children's Choir Choir, Chorus
Greg Thomas Choir Master
New Cumberland Choir Choir, Chorus
Craig Nelson Upright Bass
Adam Lester Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Michael W. Smith Arranger, Lyricist, Producer, Executive Producer
Wes King Lyricist
Ronn Huff Arranger
Cindy Morgan Lyricist
Ronnie Brookshire Engineering
Humberto Gatica Engineering
Carl Marsh Arranger
Doug Sarrett Engineering
Bill Whittington Engineering
Dave Dillbeck Digital Editing, Engineering
Michael Blanton Executive Producer
Jeff Pitzer Engineering
David Hamilton Arranger, Lyricist, Producer, Executive Producer, Digital Editing
Andrew Dudman Engineering
Fred Paragano Engineering
Patti Thomas Choir Contractor
Ryan Smith Lyricist
Tim Parker Art Direction
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Stephanie McBrayer Art Direction
Tony Wood Lyricist
Jeff Cain Digital Editing
Jonas Myrin Lyricist
Derik Lee Engineering
David Dillbeck Digital Editing, Engineering
David Hamilton Lyricist, Producer, Executive Producer, Digital Editing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the best Christmas album I have ever heard!

    As a Michael W. Smith fan, I am always interested to see what his latest album will bring, as each one evolves into a better masterpiece than the last. This album was no exception. Recorded in Abbey Road Studios, this album includes a 60 piece orchestra and at least 4 different choirs. All songs are original Michael W. Smith songs. Half of the album is instrumental, and each arrangement is breath-taking. I can honestly say, that in listening to it the first time, I was choked up from the amazing, complex orchestrations Smith wrote for this album. "Christmas Day" featuring Mandisa (of American Idol fame) does not disappoint. The vocals are joyful and the lyrics are catchy. This song is sure to become a Christmas staple as years go by. This album is truly a masterpiece and is deserving of the highest praise. It is an album that was constructed with care and love. The talent exuded is unbelievable. This is definitely an album that will be your favorite for years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You won't be disappointed

    When my son told me that Micahel W. Smith had a new Christmas CD coming out, I think my first reaction was that it wouldn't measure up to the two previous ones he's done. Boy, was I wrong!!! This one is just as good, if not better. Don't hesitate to purchase it if you're a fan like me.

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