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Joy: A Holiday Collection
     

Joy: A Holiday Collection

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by Jewel
 

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With a special version of her own "Hands" and a batch of Christmas classics, Jewel gets in the spirit with Joy: A Holiday Collection. Not that this sort of musical fare is a stretch for the crystal-voiced Alaskan folk star. Tranquil seasonal selections like "Silent Night," "O Holy Night," and "O Little Town Of Bethlehem" echo the themes

Overview

With a special version of her own "Hands" and a batch of Christmas classics, Jewel gets in the spirit with Joy: A Holiday Collection. Not that this sort of musical fare is a stretch for the crystal-voiced Alaskan folk star. Tranquil seasonal selections like "Silent Night," "O Holy Night," and "O Little Town Of Bethlehem" echo the themes of faith, love, and hope she's explored on her pop releases, Pieces of You and Spirit. Here, Jewel layers her clear, soaring voice over quiet chamber orchestrations on time-honored holiday songs, including a reverent choral version of the traditional "Ave Maria," then delivers a spirited "Joy to the World," a playful "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," and a country-swinging, pedal-steel-soaked "Winter Wonderland." Add to that a gospelized medley of "Go Tell It on the Mountain," her own "Life Uncommon," and the Bette Midler standard "From a Distance," and it's a Jewel of a collection, indeed.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Joy: A Holiday Collection may surprise some Jewel fans, since it isn't a warm, intimate acoustic album. Then again, it may not, since it arrives on the heels of the exquisitely produced, unabashedly pop Spirit, which had lush musical backdrops for her folk-pop tunes. Joy is a full-bodied expansion of Spirit, however -- an unashamed classicist Christmas album, featuring all of the usual carols delivered with strings and choirs. Because Jewel has a big, powerful, attractive voice, Joy works, even if it is a little too predictable for its own good -- the closing "Christmas Version" of "Hands" is the only true signal, musically at least, that this is a Jewel number. Surely, this holiday album isn't a major addition to her catalog, but for hardcore fans, it may be a nice stocking stuffer.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/1999
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678325021
catalogNumber:
83250

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jewel   Primary Artist,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Audrey Wheeler   Choir, Chorus
Darryl Tookes   Choir, Chorus
Vaneese Thomas   Choir, Chorus
Angela Clemmons-Patrick   Choir, Chorus
Peter Bliss   Guitar
Tawatha Agee   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Barnes   Bass,Choir, Chorus
Katreese Barnes   Choir, Chorus
Marion Beckenstein   Choir, Chorus
Danny Blume   Guitar
Sterling Campbell   Drums
Vivian Cherry   Choir, Chorus
Katie Geissinger   Choir, Chorus
Diva Gray   Choir, Chorus
Robbie Kondor   Piano,Keyboards
John Mahoney   Keyboards
Arif Mardin   Conductor,Keyboards
Joe Mardin   Conductor,Keyboards,Choir, Chorus
Audrey Martells   Choir, Chorus
Chieli Minucci   Guitar
Lee Musiker   Keyboards
Michael O'Reilly   Guitar
Gene Orloff   Concert Master
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Leon Pendarvis   Piano
Janice Pendarvis   Choir, Chorus
Winston Roye   Bass
Ira Siegel   Guitar
Steve Skinner   Keyboards
Fonzi Thornton   Choir, Chorus
Valerie Wilson   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Sophia Ramos   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Marlon Saunders   Choir, Chorus
A. Campbell   Pedal Steel Guitar
Wayne Pedzwater   Bass
Wayne Hankin   Choir, Chorus
Mary Lee Kortes   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Willie Martinez   Percussion
Ann Ory Brown   Choir, Chorus
Keith Fluitt   Choir, Chorus
Nedra Carroll   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Terrance L. Barber   Choir, Chorus
Sophie Buskin   Children's Chorus
Dennis Cinelli   Lute
Patrick Duffey   Children's Chorus
Emily K. Eyre   Choir, Chorus
Netousha Harris   Children's Chorus
Alexis Kaleoff   Children's Chorus
Robbi Kumalo   Choir, Chorus
Cassidy Ladden   Children's Chorus
Eden Riegel   Children's Chorus
Dakota Sanchez   Children's Chorus
Allison M. Sniffin   Choir, Chorus
Lori Ann Veles   Choir, Chorus
James Williams   Choir, Chorus
Lisbeth Zelle   Children's Chorus
Harry Zittel   Children's Chorus
Ken Williams   Choir, Chorus
Dennis Collins   Choir, Chorus
Chris Trousdale   Children's Chorus

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Franz Schubert   Composer
John Jacob Niles   Composer
Jewel   Vocal Arrangements
Franz Gruber   Composer
Jerry Barnes   Vocal Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Katreese Barnes   Vocal Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Robbie Kondor   Arranger,Programming,Orchestration
Arif Mardin   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Joe Mardin   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Orchestration,Vocal Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Lee Musiker   Arranger
Michael O'Reilly   Engineer
Steve Skinner   Arranger,Programming,Orchestration
Isaac Watts   Composer
Lowell Mason   Composer
Charles Wesley   Composer
Benjamin Niles   Artwork,Art Direction
Rob Eberhardt   Illustrations
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Phillip Brooks   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Nedra Carroll   Vocal Arrangements
Andre Baranowski   Contributor
Elizabeth Stockton   Contributor
Lewis Redner   Composer

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Joy: A Holiday Collection 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
kmoore2012 More than 1 year ago
Jewel sings these songs beautifully! One of my holiday favorites!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Out of all of the other great 'pop' Christmas albums (Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, NSYNC, 98 Degrees, etc.) Jewel's is one of the best! She quite possibly has the most beautiful version ever of OH HOLY NIGHT! I never realized how beautiful her singing is! HANDS is incredible, I loved LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM, and WINTER WONDERLAND, oh and all of the songs, really! Jewel's is really the perfect Christmas album for you if you live in a mountainy, snowy area like the one in the liner pictures (or anywhere else, really). It's really cozy, and it embodies the Christian Christmas spirit without being overly devout. Somehow it's just perfect! I loved it!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i heard one of these songs on a radio station in my car last christmas and had chills and tears in my eyes. ave maria alone is worth the price of admission. Winter wonderland is delightfully refreshing with a slight touch of a yodel in it. This cd should be in everyones holiday collection. I still get gossebumps and tears each time i hear it. simply classically beautiful, jewel should get some sort of award for this christmas cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like Christmas carols at Christmas time and Jewel with her gorgeous voice didn't dissapoint. Hauntingly beautiful songs and a hauntingly beautiful voice to sing them, what could be better? If you like Christmas music this is the creme de la creme of albums.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tried to listen to her cd as I wrapped gifts. Forget it, I couldn't pay attention to what I was wrapping! A wonderful collection of old and modern carols, Jewel has outdone herself in bringing us the feel of christmas. From her soaring lyrics in Ava Marie to her playful rendition of Rudolph, she brings "joy" to our holiday as well as to our hearts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe this is now my favorite holiday CD. She does a wonderful job of using her wonderful voice without ''showing it off'' like so many artists do. I actually get goose-bumps at some points during the CD. I highly recommend this CD, even if you aren't necessarily a Jewel ''fan.'' It's worth a listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is the Best Christmas album I have heard. This album will definitely get you into the Christmas Spirit and will touch you. Her voice is very angelic, beautiful! The flow/layout of the album was done very well. Don't miss out on this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heard and saw her on the Today show live. She has such a gorgeous voice and puts one in the Holiday spirit for sure. A must have to add to your Holiday collection. Get it!!! and Enjoy the Season. She sings from her heart indeed!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
8 years later and this is still my favorite christmas album. the arrangements of the traditional songs are warm and intimate, and she makes them her own without going overboard. my favorite on the album is actually the "christmas version" of hands, the way she really belts it out at the end is awesome. if you're a fan of jewel, this is a must have. and if you're a fan of christmas music, this will definitely fill your fancy. did i just say "fill your fancy?" wow. haha, just get the album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD in hopes of finding some holiday music that wasn't completely cheesy, and am very happy that I selected this one. Jewel has an amazing voice, and her Ave Maria is absolutely haunting. I put in on repeat!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is enchanting...anyone who likes Jewel's work will enjoy this during the holidays! I play it at work (cozy coffee shop) and have had numerous people come up and ask who this is and where can they buy it. A treasure to add to your music collection.
jwdtjwdt More than 1 year ago
This is my all-time favorite Christmas CD. Along with family and friends who listened to it with me, we were amazed at Jewel's range -- you hear a side of her that you've never heard before! It is GREAT!!
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