Christian Retailing

NEWSLETTERS Current Issue Michael W. Smith Partners with Top Country Music Artists on New Christmas Record
Michael W. Smith Partners with Top Country Music Artists on New Christmas Record PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:35 AM EDT

MWS Christmas WorkingCover-webMichael W. Smith invited A-list artists Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood and other best-selling singers to join him on his upcoming Christmas release, Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, due in stores Sept. 30. Three-time GRAMMY-winner Smith also partners with longtime friend Amy Grant, U2 frontman Bono, Jennifer Nettles, Little Big Town and Michael McDonald on the holiday release. Smith will launch "The Spirit of Christmas Tour" later this fall, including co-billed shows with Amy Grant in Dallas, Minneapolis and Atlanta.

“This is the most unique and unusual record I've ever done in my 31-year career,” Smith said. “The entire record was sequenced together before we recorded one song…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." 

Rolling Stone Country announced the new album’s release with a behind-the-scenes video trailer of the recording sessions. Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas is Smith’s fourth Christmas project, which also include Michael W. Smith Christmas (1989), Christmastime (1998) and It’s A Wonderful Christmas (2007).

CMA Awards and CMA Country Christmas producer Robert Deaton saw Smith’s performance with Jennifer Nettles during the 2013 CMA Country Christmas television program and suggested to Smith that they create a full Christmas recording as co-producers. The two added renowned orchestral maestro David Hamilton as a third co-producer, who arranged and oversaw the London Symphony Orchestra’s recordings on the project.

“When we started talking about who could be on this record with him, the list got really narrow really fast," remarked co-producer Robert Deaton. "There’s a difference between a singer and an artist, or a celebrity and an artist. While we were fortunate to have these amazing guests on the record, it all feels like a cohesive piece and you never leave the fact that it’s a Michael W. Smith record. That was important. That, along with working with co-producer David Hamilton, who is the resident genius, was amazing. This entire process has just been phenomenal."

Smith and Deaton say they were inspired by the original Carpenters Christmas album, wanting nostalgia to hit listeners right at the top of the record. Beginning with the childlike and wintry aspects of the start of the Christmas season, the collection evolves with songs and instrumentations reflecting the true meaning of Christmas with the celebration of family and faith, concluding with what Christmas brought to the world, the birth of Jesus.

Songs include “Christmas Time Is Here” featuring Vince Gill, “White Christmas” featuring Lady Antebellum, “Silent Night” with Little Big Town, “All Is Well” featuring Carrie Underwood, “What Child Is This?” featuring Martina McBride, and “The Darkest Midnight,” with spoken word by Bono, plus others.

To date, the three-time GRAMMY Award-winning Smith has sold more than 15 million albums, achieved 28 No. 1 singles, and received more than 40 Dove Awards. Tickets for “The Spirit of Christmas” shows are on sale now. For a full list of tour dates, and ticket information, visit michaelwsmith.com/tour.

 

In this current issue:

LifeWay finds buyer for downtown Nashville campus

News image

Uptown Nashville LLC has come under contract with LifeWay Christian...

READ MORE

Voting deadline nears for Charisma's Best Awards

News image

Time is winding down on the voting period for Christian...

READ MORE

LifeWay pulls ‘Heaven visitation’ books from shelves

News image

Adhering to the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on “the...

READ MORE

Organizations partner to ‘Ignite’ church resource marketing program

News image

Send The Light Distribution, a leading distributor of products serving...

READ MORE

David C Cook author succumbs to breast cancer at 38

News image

Less than a week after her book The Hardest Peace...

READ MORE

Loyal customer sparks re-opening of Virginia Christian bookstore

News image

The closing of Rainbow Parable Christian Bookstore in Colonial Heights,...

READ MORE

IVP author wins Templeton Prize

News image

IVP author Jean Vanier has been awarded the Templeton Prize,...

READ MORE

ICRS to offer digital publishing training

News image

This summer’s International Christian Retail Show in Orlando, Florida, will...

READ MORE

NRF survey pinpoints consumer targets this Easter

News image

Hoping the temperatures will meld with their desire to celebrate,...

READ MORE

Long-time Abingdon Press author Lyle Schaller dies at 91

News image

Lyle Schaller, who wrote 55 faith-based books for Abingdon Press...

READ MORE

International company serves growing faith market

News image

With offices in the United States, Brazil, Sri Lanka and...

READ MORE

Family Christian Stores withdraws bankruptcy motion

News image

In a somewhat surprising move, Family Christian Stores, the nation’s...

READ MORE
100%
-
+
0
Show options

a