Christmas in Our Hearts

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Christmas in Our Hearts
Studio album by Jose Mari Chan
Released November 1990
Recorded 1990
(See recording locations)
Genre Holiday, Adult Contemporary, Easy listening, Spiritual
Language English
Label Universal
Producer Jose Mari Chan
Jose Mari Chan chronology
Constant Change
(1989)
Christmas in Our Hearts
(1990)
Thank You Love
(1994)
Singles from Christmas in Our Hearts
  1. "Christmas in Our Hearts (with Liza Chan)"
    Released: November 1990
  2. "A Perfect Christmas"
    Released: December 1990

Christmas in Our Hearts is the seventh studio album and the first Christmas album by Filipino singer-songwriter and businessman Jose Mari Chan. It was released in November 1990 by Universal Records. The album sold over 600,000 units in the Philippines in 2006, certifying Double Diamond by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI).[1] It is considered to be the first OPM album to surpass the Diamond status. It is currently the biggest-selling album in the Philippines, selling more than 800,000 copies to date.[2]

Background[edit]

According to Chan, the title track and first single of the album, Christmas in Our Hearts, was originally an arrangement titled Ang Tubig ay Buhay ("Water is Life"), based on a poem written by Chari Cruz-Zarate. He set the words to music, intending to make it a silver jubilee song for the Assumption High School Class of 1963. He described Ang Tubig ay Buhay as a very beautiful poem, which is why he found it easy to compose a tune for it:[3]

It was a catchy, pretty melody, which I felt was too precious to use only for a Class Homecoming. So I decided to turn it into a Christmas song.[3]

Before production started, Chan had attended Mass at Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park, Makati, when songwriter Rina Canizal knocked on his car window. Canizal later wrote the words of "Christmas in Our Hearts" using Chan's melody for Ang Tubig ay Buhay.[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

Christmas in Our Hearts is the best-selling album not only by Chan, but by an Original Pilipino Music (OPM) artist to date. Just weeks after the album was released, it was certified triple platinum by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) in 1990.[4] In December 2006, it was awarded with a Double Diamond certification by the PARI on GMA Network's SOP (Sobrang Okey Pare) for selling more than 600,000 units in the Philippines.[1] It makes Chan the only Filipino artist to achieve the feat, with two Double Diamond albums—the other one being Constant Change.[5] It makes the album the best-selling OPM Christmas album of all time, the best-selling OPM studio album of all time, and the best-selling OPM album of all time. In addition, it always tops album charts during Christmas season.[6] The album has sold over 800,000 copies in the country to date.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks were produced by Jose Mari Chan.

  1. "A Wish on Christmas Night" {Chan, Pinky Valdez)
  2. "Do You Hear What I Hear?" {N. Regney, G. Shayne)
  3. "Mary's Boy Child" {Jester Hairston)
  4. "Christmas in Our Hearts" (with Liza Chan) {Chan, Canizal)
  5. "A Christmas Carol" {Leslie Bricusse)
  6. "A Perfect Christmas" {Chan)
  7. "Give Me Your Heart for Christmas"
  8. "This Beautiful Day"—Jaymie Magtoto {Bricusse)
  9. "The Sound of Life" {Chan, Valdez)
  10. "Christmas Children" {Bricusse)
  11. "Little Christmas Tree"
  12. "When a Child Is Born" {Zacar-Jay)
  13. "It Is the Lord!" {Chan)
  14. "The Lord's Prayer"
  15. "Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)" {Irving Berlin)
  16. "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You" {Meredith Willson)

Note: In the music video version of the song called "Christmas in Our Hearts", while Liza decorates the Christmas tree, José comes down the stairs to help her finish it and close to the end, they light the candles and sit down enjoying their moment.

Personnel[edit]

Credits were taken from Titik Pilipino.[7]

Certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification Sales
Philippines PARI 20× Platinum (2× Diamond)[2] 800,000+[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Double Diamond". Philippine Daily Inquirer. March 10, 2006. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Numbers". Philippine Daily Inquirer. December 18, 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  3. ^ a b c Ernie Pecho (September 14, 2003). "Isang class jubilee song ang "Christmas In Our Hearts"". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  4. ^ Bong Godinez (April 7, 2008). "Filipino song composers of all time (Part 2)". pep.ph. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  5. ^ "Jose Mari Chan's "Christmas In Our Hearts": The Best-Selling OPM Christmas Album Of All Time!". Universal Records official blog. November 20, 2009. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  6. ^ Ernie Pecho (December 11, 2005). "Ano ang pinaka-mabentang Christmas album na lokal?". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  7. ^ "Christmas in Our Hearts - Jose Mari Chan". Titik Pilipino. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 

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