A Christmas Album (Amy Grant album)

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A Christmas Album
Studio album by Amy Grant
Released September 27, 1983
Recorded July 3-August 26, 1983,
Caribou Ranch,
Nederland, Colorado
Genre Gospel/Christian
Length 37:35
Label Myrrh
Producer Brown Bannister
Amy Grant chronology
Ageless Medley (EP)
(1983)
A Christmas Album
(1983)
Straight Ahead
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]

A Christmas Album is the seventh album by Christian music singer Amy Grant, released in 1983. The release was Grant's first of many Christmas albums.

A Christmas Album was issued on the heels of Grant's immensely successful 1982 LP Age to Age. Primarily for the audiences she attracted with Age to Age, A Christmas Album featured well-known religious and secular standards alongside original songs. Although not as successful as Age to Age, A Christmas Album still peaked in the Top Ten of the Christian chart and spawned a Top 20 Christian radio single in "Emmanuel." A Christmas Album would eventually be certified gold in 1985, and platinum in 1989. A Christmas Album was listed at No. 40 in the 2001 book, CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Tennessee Christmas"   Amy Grant, Gary Chapman 4:33
2. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"   William H. Cummings, Felix Mendelssohn, Charles Wesley 2:53
3. "Preiset Dem Konig! (Praise the King!)"   Shane Keister 1:39
4. "Emmanuel"   Michael W. Smith 2:54
5. "Little Town"   Phillips Brooks, Chris Eaton, Lewis H. Redner 2:47
6. "Christmas Hymn"   Grant, Smith 2:32
7. "Love Has Come"   Grant, Keister, Smith 4:02
8. "Sleigh Ride"   Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish 3:35
9. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire)"   Mel Tormé, Robert Wells 3:45
10. "Heirlooms"   Grant, Bannister, Bob Farrell 3:42
11. "A Mighty Fortress/Angels We Have Heard On High"   Traditional 5:00

Personnel[edit]

  • Amy Grant: vocals, background vocals (1)
  • Gary Chapman: acoustic guitar & pedal steel (1), background vocals (1)
  • Jon Goin: electric guitar (1), acoustic guitar (2), guitar (4,5,7-10)
  • Paul Leim: drums (1,2,5,7,9,10), Simmons drums (4), LinnDrum (4), sleigh bells (5,8), woodblocks (8)
  • Dean Parks: acoustic guitar (1)
  • Mike Brignardello: bass guitar (1,2,4,5,7,8,9,10)
  • Lenny Castro: percussion (4)
  • Victor Feldman: shaker (1), percussion (2,5,6)
  • Farrell Morris: percussion (7,9), coconut shells, bell tree & glockenspiel (8)
  • Michael W. Smith: piano (2,5,6,11), Yamaha GS1 (4), Yamaha GS2 (7,8), vocoder (10)
  • Shane Keister: Fender Rhodes (1), Yamaha GS1 (2,3,5,8), Oberheim OB-X (3), Oberheim OB-8 (4,5,8), piano (7,9,10), Memorymoog (4), Mini Moog (4)
  • Thomas McAninch: horns (5,6,11)
  • Bill Champlin: background vocals (4,7)
  • Tamara Champlin: background vocals (4,7)
  • David Page: background vocals (5)
  • Richard Page: background vocals (5)
  • Steve George: background vocals (5)
  • Debbie Hall: background vocals (8,9)
  • Sandy Hall: background vocals (8,9)
  • Edie Lehmann: background vocals (8,9)
  • Carmen Twillie: background vocals (4,7)
  • The Hollywood Presbyterian Choir (2,6,11)
  • Fred Bock: choir director
  • The Martyn Ford Orchestra: strings (1,2,7,8-11), woodwinds (2,8,10), horns (2)
  • Gavyn Wright: concertmaster
  • The Nashville Contemporary Brass Quintet: horns (5,6,11)
  • Alan Moore: string arrangements (1,2,5-11), woodwind arrangements (2,6,8,10), horn arrangements (2,5,6,11), choir arrangements (2,6,11)

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Brown Bannister
  • Executive Producer: Michael Blanton, Dan Harrell, Gary Chapman
  • Engineer & Mix: Jack Joseph Puig
  • Assistant Engineers: Jerry Mahler, Kevin Burns, Rich Markowitz, Steve Ford, Daniel Garcia & David Schober
  • Additional Engineering: Jim Baird, Mike Ross, Ken Corlew, Gene Eichelberger, Brent King
  • Mastered by Doug Sax
  • Art Direction: Dennis Hill
  • Cover Art Concept: Michael Blanton, Dan Harrell
  • Photography: Mike Borum
  • Artwork, Photography, Scenery: Bill Farrell.
  • Choir Director: Fred Bock.

Charts[edit]

Album – Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1984 Top Contemporary Christian 9
1985 Top Holiday Albums 5
1991 Top Pop Catalog 5

Singles – CCM Magazine (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1984 "Emmanuel" Christian Radio–Adult Contemporary 20

Awards[edit]

GMA Dove Awards

Year Winner Category
1984 A Christmas Album Recorded Music Packaging of the Year

Pressings[edit]

A Christmas Album was the first Amy Grant album to be released in the Compact Disc format. The original CD issue had a manufacturing flaw that caused a small, but noticeable jump during the transition between tracks 3 and 4. The remastered version does not have this defect. The album was also released as a promotional only vinyl picture disc version in a die cut sleeve.

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