Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship

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Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship
Adore by Chris Tomlin.jpg
Studio album by Chris Tomlin
Released October 23, 2015 (2015-10-23)
Recorded June 2015
Venue OceanWay Nashville
Genre Worship, Contemporary Christian music, Christmas music
Length 52:09
Label Sixsteps, Sparrow
Producer Ed Cash
Chris Tomlin chronology
Love Ran Red
(2014)
Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship
(2015)
Never Lose Sight
(2016)

Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship is the second Christmas album from Chris Tomlin. sixstepsrecords alongside Sparrow Records released the album on October 23, 2015. He worked with Ed Cash, in the production of this album.[1]

Background[edit]

Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship is a 2015 Christmas album by contemporary Christian music artist Chris Tomlin scheduled for release on October 23.[2]

The album features new, original songs and familiar favorites,[3][4] along with guest performances by Crowder and Lauren Daigle.[4]

An Adore Christmas Tour with artists Crowder and Lauren Daigle is planned for December.[2][3][4][5]

In November the song was the No. 1 on the list of number-one Billboard Christian Albums.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
365 Days of Inspiring Media4/5 stars[7]
CCM Magazine4/5 stars[8]
The Christian Beat4/5 stars[9]
Cross Rhythms7/10 squares[10]
Jesus Freak Hideout3/5 stars[11]
New Release Today3.5/5 stars[12]

Matt Conner, indicating in a four star review by CCM Magazine, says, "The good news is that Adore is an inspired album from beginning to end."[8] Awarding the album three and a half stars from New Release Today, Jonathan J. Francesco states, "it's refreshing to hear some Christmas music that keeps the focus on the Birthday Boy and maintains artistic integrity doing it."[12] Scott Fryberger, giving the album three stars for Jesus Freak Hideout, writes, "it has some shining moments, but it's not enough to warrant a purchase unless you're a diehard Tomlin fan."[11] Rating the album four stars at The Christian Beat, Madeline Dittmer says, "Adore: Christmas Songs Of Worship...point[s] listeners to the true meaning of the holiday season."[9] Tony Cummings, indicating in a seven out of ten review by Cross Rhythms, responds, "with such fine vocal performances and sympathetic arrangements I'm happy to ignore the occasional descent into cliché."[10]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 31 on Billboard 200,[13] selling 13,000 copies in the first week. In its third week of release, the album sold 9,000 copies in the US;[14] in its fifth week, the album sold 11,000 copies;[15] in its sixth week, 30,000 copies were sold, peaking at No. 17 on Billboard 200.[16] The album has sold 90,000 copies as of September 2016.[17]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."He Shall Reign Forevermore"Matt Maher, Chris Tomlin4:09
2."Adore"Martin Chalk, Graham Kendrick4:44
3."Midnight Clear (Love Song)"Edmund Hamilton Sears, Richard Storrs Willis4:25
4."Noel" (featuring Lauren Daigle)Ed Cash, Matt Redman, Tomlin4:17
5."The First Noel"traditional hymn, public domain2:45
6."Hymn of Joy"Ludwig van Beethoven, Henry Jackson van Dyke4:02
7."Silent Night" (featuring Kristyn Getty)Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr4:01
8."Perfect Light" (featuring Crowder)John Henry Hopkins, Jr. ("We Three Kings"); Additional chorus: Tomlin, Ross Copperman, J. T. Harding3:20
9."What Child Is This?" (featuring All Sons & Daughters)William Chatterton Dix2:48
10."It's Christmas"John Wesley Work, Jr., James R. Murray3:59
11."A King Like This"Jonas Myrin, Redman, Tomlin4:12
12."Bethlehem"Phillips Brooks, Cash, Lewis Henry Redner, Tomlin4:45
13."A Christmas Alleluia" (featuring Lauren Daigle and Leslie Jordan)Myrin, Tomlin4:32
Total length:52:09

Credits[edit]

  • Lead vocals: Chris Tomlin
  • Acoustic guitars: Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson and Ed Cash
  • Electric guitars: Daniel Carson and Ed Cash
  • Bass: Matthew Melton, Ed Cash and Byron House
  • Drums: Travis Nunn
  • Percussion: Jim Brock
  • Keys and programming: Matt Gilder and Ed Cash
  • Programming on "He Shall Reign Forevermore": Matt Maher
  • Programming on "Perfect Light": Ross Copperman
  • Cello: Claire Indie Nunn
  • Saxophone, harmonica and horn arrangement on "It's Christmas": Jim Hoke
  • Trumpet and piccolo trumpet on "It's Christmas": Steve Patrick
  • Background vocals: Ed Cash
  • Lead vocals on "Noel": Lauren Daigle
  • Scripture reading on "Silent Night": Kristyn Getty
  • Spoken word and guest vocals on "Perfect Light": Crowder
  • Guest vocals on "What Child Is This?": All Sons & Daughters
  • Guest vocals on " A Christmas Alleluia": Lauren Daigle and Leslie Jordan

Production

  • Produced and Mixed by Ed Cash
  • Executive Producers: Louie Giglio, Shelley Giglio and Brad O'Donnell
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (New York, NY)
  • Recorded at Ocean Way (Nashville, TN)
  • Engineered by Joe Baldridge and Ed Cash
  • Assistant Engineer: Josh Ditty
  • Editing: Vian Zaayman
  • Art Direction: Shelley Giglio, Mike McCloskey and Leighton Ching
  • Design: Kendra Harrell and Leighton Ching
  • Artist Photography: Cameron Powell
  • Live Event Photography: Eric Brown

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[18] 17
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[19] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship - Chris Tomlin : Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Ashagre, Aggi (October 1, 2015). "Chris Tomlin's 'What Child Is This?' feat. All Sons & Daughters: Song Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Kilbane, Kevin (October 29, 2015). "Chris Tomlin to fill Fort Wayne's Memorial Coliseum with praise". The News-Sentinel. Retrieved November 2, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c McHendry, George (October 29, 2015). "McHendry: A look at some great music for holiday gifts and the season". Broomfield Enterprise. Retrieved November 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ Sarachik, Justin (October 15, 2015). "Lauren Daigle's 'How Can it Be' Earns Singer 3 Dove Awards; New Single 'First' Reaches No. 1 on Billboard NCA Chart". BREATHEcast. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Top Christian Albums". Billboard. November 14, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  7. ^ Andre, Joshua (December 14, 2015). "Music Reviews: Chris Tomlin – Adore: Christmas Songs Of Worship". 365 Days of Inspiring Media. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Conner, Matt (November 16, 2015). "Chris Tomlin – 'Adore: Songs of Christmas Worship'". CCM Magazine. Retrieved November 17, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Dittmer, Madeleine (November 2, 2015). "Chris Tomlin Reminds Listeners Of True Meaning Of Christmas With "Adore"". The Christian Beat. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Cummings, Tony (December 3, 2014). "Review: Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship – Rend Collective". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Fryberger, Scott (October 14, 2015). "Chris Tomlin, "Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Francesco, Jonathan J. (October 30, 2015). "Christmas Worship Done Right". New Release Today. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. November 14, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Emily Ann Roberts, Deitrick Haddon & Chris Tomlin Scale Christian/Gospel Charts". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Chris Tomlin Makes Merry Way to No. 1 on Top Christian Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Pentatonix & 47 More Holiday Albums Shine Bright on Billboard 200: Chart Moves - Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on September 7, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Chris Tomlin Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  19. ^ "Chris Tomlin Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 15, 2015.