Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

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by Point of Grace
     
 

Christmas is about the only time of year Christian music artists -- at least those who sing exclusively for believers -- can get away with recording secular music. For the most part, the content of their selections is innocuous -- standards, love songs, a few songs about Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty -- but it's curious how comfortably the material cohabitates with more…  See more details below

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Christmas is about the only time of year Christian music artists -- at least those who sing exclusively for believers -- can get away with recording secular music. For the most part, the content of their selections is innocuous -- standards, love songs, a few songs about Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty -- but it's curious how comfortably the material cohabitates with more sacred, solemn fare about Christ's first advent. Such is the case with Point of Grace's Winter Wonderland, the foursome's second seasonal album since 1999's gold-selling A Christmas Story. Like that album, the project is basically split right down the middle between carols and American classics, but, once again, everything is performed and produced so majestically, so gloriously, it's easy for one to forget about the subject matter and revel in the sweeping arrangements, the lush orchestrations, and the absorbing holiday ambience created by the ladies and their producer -- in this case, the always reliable Brown Bannister. If played continuously, it's almost as if both albums came from the same sessions -- a testament to the timeless, classic feel of the seasonal fare included here. When guided by the right vocal coach, Point of Grace can also turn in some truly breathtaking four-part harmonies, as in the all a cappella "In the First Light" and the sprawling, Macy's-friendly "Santa Medley." Deep down, though, Point of Grace are a Christian pop group at heart and, reasonably, the quartet covers Christmas stuff once recorded by CCM colleagues Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, two acts the singers have toured with during holiday seasons past. No matter the provenance of the tunes, Winter Wonderland is Christmas music of the highest order, whether you need a soundtrack for reflection, last-minute shopping, or both.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0080688641320
catalogNumber:
886413
Rank:
292510

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Point of Grace   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
George Cocchini   Electric Guitar
Shane Keister   Piano
Mark Douthit   Saxophone
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
David Hungate   Bass,Guitar
Jerry Kimbrough   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Paul Leim   Drums
Sam Levine   Flute
London Session Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Carl Marsh   Conductor,Keyboards
Blair Masters   Keyboards
Gavyn Wright   Concert Master
Dan Needham   Drums
Lee Levine   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
John David Webster   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Philadelphia Boys Choir   Ensemble

Technical Credits

George Frideric Handel   Composer
Gene Autry   Composer
Brown Bannister   Producer,Audio Production
Amy Grant   Composer
Michael W. Smith   Composer
Chris Eaton   Arranger,Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Steve Bishir   Engineer
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Composer
Carl Marsh   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Michael Mellett   Vocal Arrangements
George Wyle   Composer
Scott Krippayne   Composer
Michael Blanton   Executive Producer
Marie Reynolds   Composer
Jack Rollins   Composer
Edward Pola   Composer
Oakley Haldeman   Composer
Katherine Petillo   Art Direction
Steve Nelson   Composer
Tim Davis   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer

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Winter Wonderland 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Wally46 More than 1 year ago
Excellent song choices, great delivery