Faith: A Holiday Album

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Faith: A Holiday Album
Faith A Holiday Album Kenny G.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 16, 1999
StudioO'Henry Studios, Sony Picture Studios
GenreSmooth jazz, Christmas
Length36:37
LabelArista
ProducerKenny G
Walter Afanasieff
Kenny G chronology
Classics in the Key of G
(1999)
Faith: A Holiday Album
(1999)
In America
(2001)

Faith: A Holiday Album is the second holiday album and tenth studio album by saxophonist Kenny G. It was released by Arista Records in 1999 and peaked at number 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, number 4 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, number 5 on the Internet Albums chart, and number 6 on the Billboard 200.[1] The album also received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

Faith: A Holiday Album was also the best-selling Christmas album of 1999 in the United States according to sales figures from Nielsen/SoundScan, with total sales of 1,575,000 copies that year.[2] As of November 2014, the album has sold 2,750,000 copies in the U.S. according to SoundScan.[3]

On November 5, 2002, Faith: A Holiday Album was certified Triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of three million copies in the U.S.[4]

Kenny G's rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" featured guest musicians Yanni on piano and keyboards as well as Charlie Adams on drums.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars [5]
Chicago Tribune(unfavorable) [6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (Sammy Cahn/Jule Styne) - 3:08
  2. "The First Noel" (William Sandys) - 3:08
  3. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (Kim Gannon/Walter Kent/Buck Ram) - 3:33
  4. "Sleigh Ride" (Leroy Anderson/Mitchell Parish) - 3:48
  5. "The Christmas Song" (Mel Tormé/Robert Wells) - 4:02
  6. "Medley: We Three Kings/Carol of the Bells" (John Henry Hopkins/Mikhail Leontovich/Peter Wilhousky) - 4:07
  7. "O Christmas Tree" (Traditional) - 2:39
  8. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (J. Fred Coots/Haven Gillespie) - 3:52
  9. "Eternal Light (A Chanukah Song)" (Walter Afanasieff/Kenny G) - 2:53
  10. "Ave Maria" (Franz Schubert) - 4:30
  11. "Auld Lang Syne" (Robert Burns/Traditional) - 4:56 [featuring Yanni on keyboards and Charlie Adams on drums]
  12. "Auld Lang Syne: The Millennium Mix" (Robert Burns/Traditional) - 7:53
  13. "Voice" (Bonus track) - 7:53

Singles[edit]

Information taken from this source.[7]

Year Title Chart positions
US Adult Contemporary US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks US Hot 100 US Adult Top 40 US Hot Country Singles & Tracks US Top 40 Mainstream US Top 40 Tracks
1999 "Auld Lang Syne" #3 #57 #7 #15 #49 #40 #30

The Millennium Mix[edit]

Auld Lang Syne: The Millennium Mix consisted of Kenny G playing the song on the saxophone while historical sound clips were played over the recording. The clips followed a rough chronological order, beginning with Thomas Edison's invention of recordable sound to the year of the song's release. The clips focused on American, and to a lesser extent, British history. The song included six clips from baseball and at least six clips from American television programs. He performed this version of the song on December 31, 1999 at Times Square, and it would be used again from 2000–2002.

The clips included in the recording:

A few years later a similar version of the song was produced to include the September 11 attacks and was called the Freedom Mix.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charts & Awards at Allmusic
  2. ^ "Chart Watch Extra: Bring On Christmas!". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2009-12-14.
  3. ^ "The Gifts That Keep on Giving: Biggest Radio and Album Hits of the Holidays". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 1, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  5. ^ Allmusic review
  6. ^ Chicago Tribune review
  7. ^ Billboard Singles at Allmusic
  8. ^ Edison's Recordings
  9. ^ A PLUMBING WE WILL GO at The Three Stooges Online Filmography
  10. ^ Roger Maris: The 61st Home Run, October 1, 1961
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ BEING AT WOODSTOCK: THE MUSIC OF ALIENATION
  13. ^ 1976 Democratic National Convention Acceptance Address
  14. ^ Challenger timeline
  15. ^ Columbine Memorial Address