The Music of Christmas

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The Music of Christmas
Studio album by Steven Curtis Chapman
Released September 26, 1995
Genre Christmas music, contemporary Christian music, rock, pop
Length 60:52
Label Sparrow
Producer Brown Bannister and Steven Curtis Chapman
Steven Curtis Chapman chronology
Heaven in the Real World
(1994)
The Music of Christmas
(1995)
Signs of Life
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Jesus Freak Hideout (not rated)[2]

The Music of Christmas is the first Christmas album by the Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman. It was released on September 26, 1995.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and/or arranged by Steven Curtis Chapman, except where noted.

  1. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/The Music Of Christmas"(Charles Wesley, Felix Mendelson, Chapman) – 6:43
  2. "Christmas Is All In The Heart" (feat. CeCe Winans) – 5:15
  3. "Angels We Have Heard on High" (Edward Shippen Barnes) – 5:39
  4. "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" (John Mason Neale, Henry Sloane Coffin) – 3:28
  5. "Our God Is With Us" (Chapman, Michael W. Smith) – 6:43
  6. Interlude: "The Music Of Christmas" (Handel, Wesley, Mendelson, Barnes, Chapman, Buchanan) – 4:46
  7. "This Baby" (William C. Dix, Chapman) – 4:35
  8. "Silent Night/Away in a Manger/O Holy Night" (Franz Gruber, James R. Murray, Adolphe Adam, Chapman) – 6:03
  9. "Carol Of The Bells" (Mykola Leontovych, arranged by Chapman) – 3:44
  10. "O Come All Ye Faithful" (John Francis Wade, Chapman) – 4:18
  11. "Going Home For Christmas" (Chapman, James Isaac Elliot) – 5:25
  12. "Precious Promise" – 4:12

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • Steven Curtis Chapman - acoustic and hi-strung guitars, mandolin on "Going Home For Christmas"
  • Herb Chapman - acoustic guitar
  • Steve Brewster - drums
  • Paul Leim - drums on "Christmas is All in the Heart" and "O Come All Ye Faithful"
  • Leland Sklar - bass guitar
  • Jimmie Lee Sloas - bass on "Christmas is All in the Heart" and "O Come All Ye Faithful"
  • Gordon Kennedy - electric guitar
  • Jerry McPherson - electric guitar
  • Randy Pierce - electric guitar on "Angels We Have Heard on High"
  • Paul Franklin - steel guitar on "Going Home For Christmas"
  • Shane Keister - piano, keyboard on "Christmas is All in the Heart"
  • Robbie Buchanan - keyboard
  • Scott Sheriff - keyboard on "Christmas Medley"
  • The London Session Orchestra - strings
  • Gavyn Wright - concertmaster
  • Ronn Huff - string arrangement
  • The Belmont Church Choir - backing vocals
  • The Nashville String Machine - strings on "Christmas is All in the Heart" and "O Come All Ye Faithful"
  • Don Hart - string arrangement
  • The American Boychoir - choir on "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"

Recording and production[edit]

  • Brown Bannister and Steven Curtis Chapman - producers
  • Peter York and Dan Raines - executive producer
  • Traci Sterling Bishir - production coordinator
  • Tracks and overdubs engineered by Steve Bishir, except "Christmas is All in the Heart" and "O Come All Ye Faithful", tracked by Jeff Balding.
  • Tracked at The Dugout Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Overdubs recorded at The Dugout Studio, Nashville, Tennessee; Mole End Studio, Franklin, Tennessee; Quad Studio, Nashville, Tennessee; Omni Sound, Nashville, Tennessee; Devonshire Studio, North Hollywood, California; Ocean Studio, Burbank, California; Sound on Sound Recording, New York City.
  • The London Session Orchestra and The Nashville String Machine recorded by Steve Bishir at The Bennett House, Franklin, Tennessee
  • Brown Bannister, Guy Defazio, Martin Woodlee, Patrick Kelly - additional engineering
  • Martin Woodlee, Joey Grimstead, Aaron Swihart - assistant engineers
  • Mixed by Bill Schnee at Schnee Studio, North Hollywood, California
  • John Hendrickson - assistant
  • Mastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab, Hollywood, California

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Music of Christmas at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Steven Curtis Chapman, "The Music of Christmas" Review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved May 6, 2014.