Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Too Soon for Christmas Music?


Last week Tenth Avenue North released a new video featuring the band playing their version of "Deck the Halls." It’s an elaborate video, reminiscent of a 1960's Christmas special that was shot in just one take! Because of this news, it seems like the perfect time to announce some of the new albums available this year. For those who love their Christmas music, you’ll be happy to know that these albums are ready and waiting for you to pick them up:




Wow Christmas 2011
For WOW Christmas 2011 is the third installment in the WOW Christmas series. It’s perfect for those who like a LOT of variety. The two CD set includes 32 songs including the Tenth Avenue North’s “Deck the Halls.” It also features other favorites including Casting Crowns (“Joy to the World”), Steven Curtis Chapman, (“O Little Town of Bethlehem”), Chris Tomlin (“Emmanuel”), Mandisa (“Angels We Have Heard On High”), Newboys (“Jingle Bell Rock”), Amy Grant (“I Need a Silent Night”) and many more.


Toby Mac: Christmas in Diverse City
Christmas in DiverseCity is Toby Mac’s first Christmas album (Yes - Toby Mac!) It showcases Mr. Mac and his band and special pairings with Owl City (“The First Noel”), Jamie Grace (“Mary’s Boy Child”), Father of the Fatherless (“This Christmas”), and Gabe Real & Liquid (“Carol of the Kings”). The album includes last year’s single track hit “Christmas This Year” with Leigh Nash and seven track devoted to the band’s individual efforts.


Hawk Nelson: Christmas
Hawk Nelson promises a rousing Christmas collection from the Canadian punk-pop favorite. Hopefully it will be more exciting than the title. Hawk Nelson Christmas features the group's unique takes on “Silent Night,” “The Holly and The Ivy," "The Wassail Song," “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” “Joy to the World,” “I Saw Three Ships,” and “Silent Night.”


David Crowder Band: Oh For Joy
You've never heard these Christmas classics sung like this! Known for their creativity and originality, the David Crowder Band reinvents old favorites in their fresh interpretations of "Joy to the World"; "Go Tell It on the Mountain"; "Angels We Have Heard on High"; "O Holy Night"; "Christmas Sarajevo"; "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"; "The First Noel"; and "Silent Night." The album is said to feature all of DCB’s signature stylings with a little more - mixing elements of pop, rock, acoustic, and bluegrass.


Matthew West: Come On Christmas
Singer/songwriter Matthew West, joined by friends Amy Grant, Vince Gill, and Mandisa, shares his own heart on this Christmas album of original pieces and traditional favorites. Includes "One Last Christmas," "Give This Christmas Away," "Christmas Makes Me Cry," and the title track; plus "Silent Night," "Away in a Manger," "Jingle Bells," and more.




Kathy Troccoli: Christmas Songs
Celebrating 29 years of music, Kathy releases a more quiet, heartfelt holiday album of both classic and contemporary favorites including "Welcome to Our World," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The Christmas Waltz," "Breath of Heaven," "O Holy Night," "Christmas Time Is Here," "Home for the Holidays," "My Favorite Things," "Grown-up Christmas Wish List," and more.

FHF: One Silent Night
Best-selling pop group FFH will also usher in the holiday with their first Christmas album. One Silent Night, is a mix of original songs and Christmas classics that reportedly has been four years in the making. Songs include “Winter Wonderland,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” and “Jingle Bell Rock” among others.




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