Most Christmas albums are recorded within a span of weeks in one studio. But when you’re Joshua Mills, a 15-year veteran worship leader and recording artist, it’s difficult to find the time to be in one studio or city for very long.
His new album, Christmas Miracle, came about in Los Angeles, Orlando, Tampa, Vancouver, London, Ontario and Nashville. Christmas Miracle has a diverse-yet-familiar vibe to it. In particular, I like hearing “Christmas Vacation,” an update of the theme song from the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation film.
The album’s first single, “It Snowed,” was done using the same mic Frank Sinatra used at Capitol Records in L.A. If you like the beautiful tone of Michael Buble’s voice, you need to hear fellow Canadian Joshua Mills. Hear samples of his engaging Christmas Miracle album at his website. –Mark Weber
On Sept. 30, get ready for Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, featuring an all-star lineup of guests – Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Amy Grant, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Bono and Michael McDonald.
An acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician who has sold more than 15 million albums, Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas is Smith’s fourth Christmas project, following the successful releases of Michael W. Smith Christmas (1989), Christmastime (1998) and It’s A Wonderful Christmas (2007).
“This is the most unique and unusual record I’ve ever done in my 31-year career. The entire record was sequenced together before we recorded one song,” recalls Smith. “Sonically you’re hearing me in a way that you’ve probably never heard me before. At one point it’s like Smitty meets Bublé. There’s my granddaughter’s voice singing the song from ‘Home Alone,’ plus the whole orchestral and symphonic feeling of Christmas, mixed together with all these amazing voices and guests – yet it all fits together in a remarkable way.”
Thank you so much for reading Christian Music Makers. It’s a joy to bring you news about Christian and Gospel music artists year round, and I hope you celebrate Jesus this Christmas with family, friends and music. –Mark Weber
Here’s a song I wrote for those who are sad at Christmas:
Christian music maker Ashley Cleveland heads to Nome, Alaska this January for a women’s conference that’s part of “Missions Alaska,” which includes an outreach program to the native community. It’s Cleveland’s first ever visit to Alaska, and takes place right before her 57th birthday. Other concert spots in 2014 include California, Texas, Ontario and British Columbia.
Owl City, which is really just one guy– Adam Young– has paired up with TobyMac on the Christmas song, “Light of Christmas.” The song, from the new VeggieTales DVD, Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas, is the only new Christmas song this season on Christian radio, and it’s a hit!