Heart of Christmas

The Heart of Christmas

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by Matthew West
     
 
After dipping his toes into festive waters with the bonus-disc re-release of 2008's Something to Say, contemporary Christian vocalist Matthew West goes the whole hog with his ninth studio effort, The Heart of Christmas. Two of the latter's tracks also appear here, the driving, midtempo pop
ock collaboration with Amy Grant,

Overview

After dipping his toes into festive waters with the bonus-disc re-release of 2008's Something to Say, contemporary Christian vocalist Matthew West goes the whole hog with his ninth studio effort, The Heart of Christmas. Two of the latter's tracks also appear here, the driving, midtempo pop
ock collaboration with Amy Grant, "Give This Christmas Away," and the rousing ballad "Christmas Makes Me Cry," a duet with former American Idol finalist Mandisa which indeed sounds like it could have been a talent show winner's single. But the other nine offerings are all brand-new recordings, ranging from hymns ("Silent Night") to yuletide standards ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") to original compositions ("Day After Christmas"). West acquits himself well on the more familiar numbers, with his warm, inviting vocals tailor-made for listening to in front of an open fire on a cold winter's day, and while the orchestral rendition of "O Holy Night" and the piano-led "Silent Night" don't provide anything you haven't heard before, a swing jazz version of "Jingle Bells" and a handclapping, gospel-tinged reworking of "O Come All Ye Faithful" show he's not averse to mixing things up a little every now and again. But it's on his own self-penned material where his Christmas spirit really shines through. "Leaving Heaven" harks back to his Nashville roots with its gentle, fingerpicking acoustics, slide guitar riffs, and guest vocals from Vince Gill; the jaunty toe-tapping opener "Come on Christmas," and the string-soaked title track are convincing forays into Michael Bublé-esque easy listening territory, while even the sternest of souls would find it difficult not to be moved by the emotive country ballad "One Last Christmas," a life-affirming true tale of a town who celebrated Christmas early in aid of a terminally ill young boy. One of the first records out of the block from 2011's inevitable slew of seasonal releases, The Heart of Christmas doesn't exactly break any new ground, but it's a heart-warming affair which justifies West's reputation as one of the most dependable voices in contemporary Christian pop.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2011
Label:
Sparrow
UPC:
5099909576520
catalogNumber:
95765

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matthew West   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Angell   Strings
John Catchings   Strings
David Davidson   Strings
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Background Vocals
Anthony LaMarchina   Strings
Blair Masters   Keyboards
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Dan Needham   Drums
Tim Lauer   Keyboards
F. Reid Shippen   Percussion
Monisa Angell   Strings
Jerard Woods   Background Vocals
Pete Kipley   Guitar
Jovaun Woods   Background Vocals
Will Sayles   Drums
Tony Lucido   Bass
Michelle Swift   Background Vocals
Ben Shive   Piano
Jeff Pardo   Piano,Background Vocals
Court Clement   Guitar,Background Vocals
Craig Nelson   Strings
Pam Sixfin   Strings
Tom Bucovak   Electric Guitar
Joel West   Background Vocals
Rich Brinsfield   Upright Bass
David Childress   Background Vocals
Joey Lever   Background Vocals
Dustin Rorher   Drums
Dave Childress   Bass
Mary Kay Vanosdale   Strings
Laura Licatta   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Producer,Engineer
Steve Bishir   Engineer
David Davidson   String Arrangements
Hugh Martin   Composer
Chance Scoggins   Vocal Producer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Jan Cook   Art Direction
Matt Stanfield   Programming
Pete Kipley   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Bobby Shin   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Andy Hunt   Engineer
Jeff Pardo   Director
Matthew West   Arranger,Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Sam Mizell   Composer,Programming,String Arrangements
Joel West   Management

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The Heart of Christmas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jadvik More than 1 year ago
Of all the newer style Christmas music on the market, this CD is by far the best. Matthew West has a great voice. I would highly recommend this CD as a permanent part of any Christmas music collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wetcat More than 1 year ago
Enjoy Christmas music