Good News (Kathy Mattea album)

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Good News
Studio album by Kathy Mattea
ReleasedSeptember 21, 1993 (1993-09-21)
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Good News is the first album of Christmas music released by American country music artist Kathy Mattea. It was released in late 1993 on Mercury Records. "Mary, Did You Know?" and "What a Wonderful Beginning" were both covered by Kenny Rogers (the former, as a duet with Wynonna Judd) on his 1996 Christmas album The Gift. "Brightest and Best" is the only traditional song covered here. It won the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album.[1]

Brent Maher produced the album, with co-production from Allen Reynolds on "Christ Child's Lullabye".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "What a Wonderful Beginning" (Austin Cunningham, Allen Shamblin) – 3:54
  2. "There's a New Kid in Town" (Don Cook, Curly Putman, Keith Whitley) – 3:58
  3. "Brightest and Best" (Traditional, arr. by Kathy Mattea, Brent Maher) – 3:30
  4. "Mary, Did You Know?" (Buddy Greene, Mark Lowry) – 3:17
  5. "The Star" (Peter McCann) – 3:55
  6. "Emmanuel" (Kye Fleming, Janis Ian) – 2:59
  7. "Somebody Talkin' About Jesus" (Mattea) – 2:19
  8. "Nothing but a Child" (Steve Earle) – 4:02
  9. "Christ Child's Lullabye" (Mattea, Dougie MacLean; translation by Kenna Campbell) – 4:21
  10. "Good News" (Rob Mathes) – 5:34


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 51


  1. ^ "Grammy results for Kathy Mattea". Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  2. ^ Good News (Media notes). Kathy Mattea. Mercury Records. 1993. 314 518 059 2.