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.
Performance CreditsJewel 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 CreditsAdolphe 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
Phillips Brooks Composer
John Sullivan Dwight Composer
Nedra Carroll Vocal Arrangements
Andre Baranowski Contributor
Elizabeth Stockton Contributor
Lewis Redner Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jewel sings these songs beautifully! One of my holiday favorites!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!!!
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.
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!
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!
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!!!
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.
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!!