It's a Wonderful Christmas

It's a Wonderful Christmas

by Michael W. Smith
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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2007
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0888751222120
catalogNumber: 512221
Rank: 262533

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael W. Smith   Primary Artist,Piano
Sam Bacco   Bass Drums,Scottish Drums
David Davidson   Violin
Bonnie Keen   Background Vocals
Paul Leim   Drums
London Session Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Skip Cleavinger   Penny Whistle,Low Whistle
John Tobin   Choir Master
Perry Montague-Mason   Concert Master
Mandisa   Vocals
Choristers of Reigate St. Mary's   Choir, Chorus
Sandy Hamilton   Choir Master
Nashville Children's Choir   Children's Chorus
David Hamilton   Synthesizer,Piano,Celeste,Conductor,Hammond B3
New Cumberland Choir   Choir, Chorus
Craig Nelson   Upright Bass
Adam Lester   Electric Guitar
James Gregory   Bass
Nashville Choir   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Michael W. Smith   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Executive Producer
Wes King   Lyricist
Ronn Huff   Arranger
Cindy Morgan   Lyricist
Ronnie Brookshire   Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Carl Marsh   Arranger
Doug Sarrett   Engineer
David Schober   Engineer
Bill Whittington   Engineer
Dave Dillbeck   Engineer
Michael Blanton   Executive Producer
Jeff Pitzer   Engineer
Andrew Dudman   Engineer
Fred Paragano   Engineer
Tim Parker   Art Direction
Stephanie McBrayer   Art Direction
Tony Wood   Lyricist
Sarah Kennedy   Choir Contractor
Jonas Myrin   Lyricist
Derik Lee   Engineer
Marie Morris   Choir Assistant
David Hamilton   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Writer,rhythm arrangement,Choir Arrangement
Kathy Goodrich   Choir Assistant
Ryan Smith   Lyricist
Greg Thomas   Choir Contractor
Shelby Strickland   Choir Contractor

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It's a Wonderful Christmas 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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