Home for Christmas (Amy Grant album)

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Home for Christmas
Studio album by Amy Grant
Released October 6, 1992
Genre Holiday/Pop
Length 42:56
Label A&M
Producer Brown Bannister, Ronn Huff
Amy Grant chronology
Heart in Motion
(1991)
Home for Christmas
(1992)
House of Love
(1994)
Singles from Home for Christmas
  1. "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)"
    Released: 1992
  2. "Grown-Up Christmas List"
    Released: 1992 (US)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Home for Christmas is the 13th album by Christian music and pop music singer Amy Grant, released in 1992.

Home for Christmas is Amy Grant's second holiday album, the first being 1983's A Christmas Album. Coming off of the heels of Grant's massively successful 1991 album Heart in Motion, Home for Christmas performed even better than Heart in Motion on the Billboard charts, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Christian album chart. It was later reissued in 2003 as 20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Amy Grant.

On November 17, 1997, Home for Christmas was certified Triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of three million copies in the United States.[2]

As of November 2014, Home for Christmas is the eighteenth best-selling Christmas/holiday album in the U.S. during the Nielsen SoundScan era of music sales tracking (March 1991 – present), having sold 2,540,000 copies according to SoundScan.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"   Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin 2:36
2. "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"   Edward Pola, George Wyle 2:26
3. "Joy to the World/For Unto Us a Child Is Born"   George Frideric Handel, Isaac Watts 2:33
4. "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)"   Amy Grant, Chris Eaton 5:29
5. "O Come All Ye Faithful"   John Francis Wade 3:01
6. "Grown-Up Christmas List"   David Foster, Linda Thompson, additional lyrics by Amy Grant 5:00
7. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"   Johnny Marks 2:07
8. "Winter Wonderland"   Felix Bernard, Dick Smith 2:17
9. "I'll Be Home for Christmas"   Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, Buck Ram 3:27
10. "The Night Before Christmas"   Carly Simon 3:52
11. "Emmanuel, God With Us"   Grant, Eaton, Robert Marshall 4:56
12. "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Instrumental)"   Johann Sebastian Bach 4:47
Personnel
  • Amy Grant: vocals
  • Shane Keister: piano (4,10), keyboards (8,10,11), string arrangement (10)
  • Carl Marsh: synthesizer (4), keyboards (11,12), orchestration (12)
  • Phil Keaggy: guitars (5)
  • Robbie Buchanan: keyboards (6)
  • Tom Hemby: guitar (6,12), acoustic guitar (10)
  • Jerry McPherson: guitar (7), acoustic guitar (10)
  • Chris McHugh: drums (7)
  • Craig Nelson: bass (7,9)
  • Steve Forman: percussion (7)
  • Paul Leim: drums (8,10), percussion (10)
  • David Hungate: bass (8,10)
  • Claire Fischer: piano (9)
  • Harold Jones: drums (9)
  • Blair Masters: keyboards (10,11)
  • Dann Huff: guitar (10)
  • Chris Eaton: piano (11), background vocals (7,11)
  • Mark O'Connor: violin (12)
  • Ronn Huff: orchestration (1,2,3,9), choral arrangement (3,5,11), conductor
  • Alan Moore: orchestration (6)
  • The London Studio Orchestra: strings (1,2,3,6,9,10,12)
  • Nat Peck: contractor
  • The American Boychoir (3,5,10), directed by James Litton
  • Marty McCall: background vocals (7,10)
  • Marabeth Jordan: background vocals (7,10)
  • Bonnie Keen: background vocals (7,10)
  • John Darnall: children's choir director (10)
  • Children's choir (10): Jessica Owen, Kristina Owen, Carrie Gardner, Lisa Pardin, Asher Larrison, Emily Estes, Bethany Wright, Skyla Carnahan, Katy Dunham & Ellie Bannister
Production
  • Producer: Brown Bannister
  • Producers (2,3): Brown Bannister & Ronn Huff
  • Executive Producers: Amy Grant & Michael Blanton
  • Tracking Engineer: Bill Deaton
  • Assistant engineers: Patrick Kelly, Rich Indelicato & Greg Parker
  • Overdubs engineered by Steve Bishir, assisted by Anthony Zecco, Brett Perry, Martin Woodley & Rail Rogut
  • Additional engineering: Michael O'Reilly
  • Orchestra sessions engineered by Adrian Kerridge, assisted by James Collins
  • Mix Engineer: Bill Schnee
  • Mix Assistant: Noel Hazen
  • Mastering: Steve Hall
  • Production Coordinator: Traci Sterling

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1992 The Billboard 200 2
Top Contemporary Christian 1
Top Holiday Albums 1
1993 Top Pop Catalog 3

Singles - CCM Magazine (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1992 Breath Of Heaven (Mary's Song) Christian Radio–Adult Contemporary 1

Commercial performance[edit]

Country Sales Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Canada (CRIA) 50,000 Gold
United States (RIAA) 3,000,000 3x Platinum

Chart procession[edit]

Preceded by
Change Your World by Michael W. Smith
Billboard Top Contemporary Christian number-one album
December 26, 1992 – February 16, 1993
Succeeded by
Free at Last by dc Talk

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r133935/review
  2. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2014-12-02. 
  3. ^ "The Gifts That Keep on Giving: Biggest Radio and Album Hits of the Holidays". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2014-12-01. Retrieved 2014-12-02.