The Christmas Collection (Amy Grant album)

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The Christmas Collection
Amy Grant - The Christmas Collection.jpg
Greatest hits album by Amy Grant
Released September 30, 2008
Recorded July 1983–2008
Genre Gospel/Christian, Holiday
Length 62:05
Label EMI/Sparrow
Producer Amy Grant, Michael Blanton
Amy Grant chronology
Greatest Hits
The Christmas Collection
Somewhere Down the Road
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

The Christmas Collection is a Christmas compilation album released by American pop and Christian singer Amy Grant in 2008. It is her second Christmas compilation album, after 2005's My Best Christmas.

According to Amy Grant's official website,

When you are not only a Grammy Award-winning and multi platinum-selling artist, but also have three best-selling Christmas CDs while selling over six million Christmas albums overall what do you do? If you are Amy Grant, you hand–pick your favorites, record four new songs, and put them all together in one special CD. Such is the case with Grant’s THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION.

Album information[edit]

The compilation includes fourteen previously released Christmas songs from Grant's three Christmas studio albums, A Christmas Album, Home for Christmas, and A Christmas to Remember, as well as four new songs.

Of the four new tracks, two are cover songs and two are original compositions. The two covers are "Jingle Bells" and "Count Your Blessings". The latter is taken from the 1954 jukebox musical film White Christmas, and even though Grant has stated she has not watched it yet, she recorded the song for its message. The version of "Jingle Bells" is a cover of the fast-paced arrangement written by Marty Paich and originally recorded by Barbra Streisand. The two new original compositions are "I Need a Silent Night", co-written with constant collaborator Chris Eaton ("Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)"); and "Baby, It's Christmas", co-written with husband and fellow singer Vince Gill.

Track listing[edit]

The album contains a shortened version of "A Mighty Fortress / Angels We Have Heard on High". The intro of "Sleigh Ride" actually begins over the end of "Baby, It's Christmas", and continues non-stop in a successive flow.

Album release
No. Title Originally recorded on Length
1. "Jingle Bells" - 2:05
2. "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" Home for Christmas 2:28
3. "I Need a Silent Night" - 3:59
4. "Winter Wonderland" Home for Christmas 2:18
5. "Baby, It’s Christmas" - 4:01
6. "Sleigh Ride" A Christmas Album 3:24
7. "Count Your Blessings"" - 3:43
8. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" A Christmas Album 2:56
9. "Silent Night" A Christmas to Remember 3:44
10. "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)" Home for Christmas 5:23
11. "Joy to the World / For Unto Us a Child is Born" Home for Christmas 2:35
12. "Grown-Up Christmas List" Home for Christmas 5:02
13. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" Home for Christmas 2:10
14. "Tennessee Christmas" A Christmas Album 4:34
15. "A Christmas to Remember" A Christmas to Remember 4:21
16. "O Come All Ye Faithful" Home for Christmas 3:02
17. "A Mighty Fortress / Angels We Have Heard on High" (Edited Version) A Christmas Album 3:48
18. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Home for Christmas 2:41
Total length: 62:05