When My Heart Finds Christmas

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When My Heart Finds Christmas
Studio album by Harry Connick, Jr.
Released October 26, 1993
Recorded Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA, July 16, 17, 19-23, 1993
Genre Christmas
Length 55:36
Label Sony/Columbia
Producer Tracey Freeman
Harry Connick, Jr. chronology
25
(1992)
When My Heart Finds Christmas
(1993)
She
(1994)
Harry Connick, Jr.
Christmas albums chronology
When My Heart Finds Christmas
(1993)
Harry for the Holidays
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Entertainment Weekly A- 11/12/93, p.59

When My Heart Finds Christmas is American artist Harry Connick, Jr.'s first Christmas album. Released in 1993, it is among the most popular holiday collections of the past two decades in the United States. Connick Jr composed four songs for the album: "When My Heart Finds Christmas", "(It Must've Been Ol') Santa Claus", "The Blessed Dawn Of Christmas Day" and "I Pray On Christmas". The other songs are traditional Christmas songs and carols.

The album proved to be the best-selling holiday album in the U.S. of 1993, selling 748,000 copies that year according to Nielsen SoundScan.[1]

On December 6, 2005, the album was certified Triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of three million copies in the U.S.[2] As of November 2014, When My Heart Finds Christmas was the twelfth best-selling Christmas/holiday album in the U.S. in the SoundScan era of music sales tracking (March 1991 – present), having sold 3,150,000 copies according to SoundScan.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sleigh Ride" (Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish) – 3:44
  2. "When My Heart Finds Christmas" (Harry Connick, Jr.) – 4:32
  3. "(It Must've Been Ol') Santa Claus" (Connick) – 4:39
  4. "The Blessed Dawn Of Christmas Day" (Connick) – 4:40
  5. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) – 2:34
  6. "The Little Drummer Boy" (Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone) – 3:41
  7. "Ave Maria" (Franz Schubert, Sir Walter Scott) – 4:35
  8. "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" (Ballard Macdonald, Leon Jessel) – 3:27
  9. "What Child Is This?" (William Dix, 16th Century English melody) – 3:11
  10. "Christmas Dreaming" (Irving Gordon, Lester Lee) – 2:40
  11. "I Pray On Christmas" (Connick) – 3:48
  12. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Johnny Marks) – 2:31
  13. "O Holy Night" (Adolphe Adam, Placide Cappeau) – 6:45
  14. "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" (Frank Loesser) – 4:49

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Christmas TV Special[edit]

Harry Connick Jr., The Christmas Special (VHS) (1994)

Connick Jr.'s hour long CBS-TV Christmas special, featuring Carol Burnett and Aaron Neville, also emerged a ratings winner, and was available on home video in time for Christmas 1994.

The Harry Connick Jr. Christmas Special (Sony 1994) VHS, with Harry Connick Jr. live at the Patages Theater, contains the songs "Sleigh Ride," "Toyland," "I Pray On Christmas," "The Christmas Song" (with Aaron Neville), "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "(It Must've Been Ol') Santa Claus," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Away in a Manger," "The Blessed Dawn of Christmas Day," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "All I Want for Christmas," "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers," "Jingle Bells," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" and "When My Heart Finds Christmas."

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