Miracles: The Holiday Album

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Miracles: The Holiday Album
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 22, 1994
Recorded1994
GenreSmooth jazz, Christmas
Length35:49
LabelArista
ProducerKenny G
Kenny G chronology
Breathless
(1992)
Miracles: The Holiday Album
(1994)
The Very Best of Kenny G
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[2]

Miracles: The Holiday Album is the first holiday album and seventh studio album by saxophonist Kenny G. It was released by Arista Records in 1994, and peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200, Contemporary Jazz Albums and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.[3] It was the overall best-selling Christmas/holiday album in the United States for both 1994 and 1996.[4] It sold 2,987,000 copies in 1994 and 888,000 copies in 1996.[5]

According to Billboard magazine, Miracles: The Holiday Album is the best-selling Christmas/holiday album of the Nielsen SoundScan era of music sales tracking (March 1991 – present). As of November 2014, the album has sold a total of 7,310,000 copies in the U.S. according to SoundScan.[6]

Miracles: The Holiday Album was certified eight-times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of eight million copies in the United States.[7]

Track listing (non-US edition)[edit]

  1. "Winter Wonderland" (Felix Bernard/Dick Smith) – 3:03
  2. "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin) – 3:02
  3. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Hugh Martin/Ralph Blane) – 3:58
  4. "The Christmas Song" (Mel Tormé/Robert Wells) – 4:03
  5. "Silent Night" (Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr) – 3:47
  6. "Brahms's Lullaby" (Johannes Brahms) – 3:15
  7. "Greensleeves (What Child Is This?) (Traditional)" – 3:29
  8. "Miracles" (Kenny G/Walter Afanasieff) – 2:32
  9. "Away in a Manger" (James R. Murray) – 2:39
  10. "The Chanukah Song" (Kenny G/Walter Afanasieff) – 2:31
  11. "The Little Drummer Boy" (Katherine K. Davis/Henry Simeone) – 4:05
  12. "Silver Bells" (Jay Livingston/Ray Evans) - 4:00
  13. "Spring Breeze" (Ling-Chiu Lee/Yu-Shian Deng) - 3:20

Track listing (US edition)[edit]

  1. "Winter Wonderland" – 3:03
  2. "White Christmas" – 3:02
  3. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" – 3:58
  4. "Silent Night" – 3:47
  5. "Greensleeves" – 3:29
  6. "Miracles" – 2:32
  7. "The Little Drummer Boy" – 4:05
  8. "The Chanukah Song" – 2:31
  9. "Silver Bells" - 4:00
  10. "Away in a Manger" – 2:39
  11. "Brahms's Lullaby" – 3:15

Personnel[edit]

  • Kenny G: arrangements, soprano sax (1, 2, 4-11, 13), tenor sax (3, 12)
  • Walter Afanasieff: arrangements (1, 3-13), all other instruments (1, 3, 5, 9, 11, 13), piano (2, 4, 6, 8, 10), keyboards (7), bass (7), drums (7), organ (12)
  • Randy Waldman: piano (12)
  • Dann Huff: guitar (12)
  • Randy Jackson: bass (12)
  • John Robinson: drums (12)
  • Gary Cirimelli: digital programming, Synclavier programming
  • Robert Damper: arrangements (2)
  • William Ross: string arrangements and conductor (2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10)

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Kenny G
  • Engineers: Steve Sheppard (tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9 & 10); David Gleeson (tracks 4, 5 & 11); Dana Jon Chappelle (tracks 7, 12 & 13).
  • Assistant Engineer on track 12: Noel Hazel
  • Mixed by Mick Guzauski (tracks 1-12) and Steve Sheppard (track 13).
  • Recorded and Mixed at Studio G (Seattle, WA).
  • Strings on tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 & 10 recorded at Humberto Gatica at Ocean Way Recording (Hollywood, CA).
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
  • Design: Christopher Stern
  • Photography: Timothy White

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
The Billboard 200 1
US Contemporary Jazz Albums (Billboard) 1
US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) 1

Singles[edit]

Information taken from this source.[8]

Year Title Chart Positions
US Adult Contemporary
1995 "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" 26

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Charts & Awards at Allmusic
  4. ^ "Chart Watch Extra: Bring On Christmas!". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
  5. ^ Paul Grein (October 29, 2013). "Chart Watch Extra: What Will Be This Year's Top Christmas Album?". Chart Watch. Yahoo.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Kenny G Celebrates RIAA Certified Diamond, Multi-Platinum, Platinum and Gold Albums and 75 Million Total Worldwide Sales". Vegas24Seven.com. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  8. ^ Billboard Singles at Allmusic