The Music of Christmas

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The Music of Christmas
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Studio album by Steven Curtis Chapman
Released September 26, 1995
Genre Christmas music, contemporary Christian music, rock, pop
Length 60:52
Label Sparrow
Producer Brown Bannister and Steven Curtis Chapman
Steven Curtis Chapman chronology
Heaven in the Real World
(1994)
The Music of Christmas
(1995)
Signs of Life
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Jesus Freak Hideout (not rated)[2]

The Music of Christmas is the first Christmas album by the Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman. It was released on September 26, 1995.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and/or arranged by Steven Curtis Chapman, except where noted.

  1. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/The Music Of Christmas"(Charles Wesley, Felix Mendelson, Chapman) – 6:43
  2. "Christmas Is All In The Heart" (feat. CeCe Winans) – 5:15
  3. "Angels We Have Heard on High" (Edward Shippen Barnes) – 5:39
  4. "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" (John Mason Neale, Henry Sloane Coffin) – 3:28
  5. "Our God Is With Us" (Chapman, Michael W. Smith) – 6:43
  6. Interlude: "The Music Of Christmas" (Handel, Wesley, Mendelson, Barnes, Chapman, Buchanan) – 4:46
  7. "This Baby" (William C. Dix, Chapman) – 4:35
  8. "Silent Night/Away in a Manger/O Holy Night" (Franz Gruber, James R. Murray, Adolphe Adam, Chapman) – 6:03
  9. "Carol of the Bells" (Mykola Leontovych, arranged by Chapman) – 3:44
  10. "O Come All Ye Faithful" (John Francis Wade, Chapman) – 4:18
  11. "Going Home For Christmas" (Chapman, James Isaac Elliot) – 5:25
  12. "Precious Promise" – 4:12

Personnel[edit]

  • Steven Curtis Chapman – lead vocals, background vocals (3, 7, 11), acoustic guitar (1, 2, 6, 7–12), hi-strung guitar (1, 9, 10), gut-string guitar (6, 8, 9), 12-string guitar (10, 11), E-coustic guitar (9), dobro (9), hammered dulcimer (9), mandolin (9, 11), Roland VG synth guitar (12), producer
  • Steve Brewster – drums (1, 3, 5, 7, 11), programming (3, 7)
  • Paul Leim – drums (2, 10)
  • Leland Sklar – bass guitar (1, 3, 5, 7, 11)
  • Jimmie Lee Sloas – bass guitar (2, 10)
  • Gordon Kennedy – electric guitar (1, 3, 7, 11), acoustic guitar (5), background vocals (1, 5, 10)
  • Jerry McPherson – electric guitar (1, 2, 7, 10)
  • Randy Pearce – electric guitar (3)
  • Dann Huff – electric guitar (5)
  • Paul Franklin – steel guitar (11)
  • Shane Keister – piano (1, 4, 11), keyboards (2, 7, 10)
  • Robbie Buchanan – keyboards (1, 3, 5, 11), programming (6)
  • Scott Sheriff – keyboards (8)
  • Blair Masters – programming (9)
  • Terry McMillan – jingle bells (7)
  • The London Session Orchestra – strings (1, 3–6, 8–10, 12)
  • Gavyn Wright – concertmaster
  • Ronn Huff – string arrangements (1, 3–6, 8–10, 12, choral arrangement (4, 8)
  • The Belmont Church Choir – choir (1)
  • The Kids Connection Choir – kids choir (1)
  • Nashville String Machine – strings (2), additional strings (10)
  • Don Hart – string arrangements (2, 10)
  • CeCe Winans – guest vocalist (2)
  • Guest vocals (8) – Herb Chapman Sr. and Herb Chapman Jr.
  • The American Boychoir – boychoir (4), intro choir (7)
  • Alan Arak – additional intro vocals (7)
  • Robert Carpenter – additional intro vocals (7)
  • Charles Eversole – additional intro vocals (7)
  • Barry Phillips – additional intro vocals (7)
  • Max Carl – background vocals (1, 5, 7, 10)
  • Bob Carlisle – background vocals (1, 5, 10)
  • Lisa Cochran – background vocals (1, 5, 10)
  • Robin Johnson – background vocals (1, 5, 10)
  • Michael Mellett – background vocals (1, 5, 10)
  • Bill Champlin – background vocals (3)
  • Tommy Funderburk – background vocals (3, 7, 11)
  • Terry Wood – background vocals (11)
  • Brown Bannister – producer, additional engineering
  • Peter York – executive producer
  • Dan Raines – executive producer
  • Traci Sterling Bishir – production coordinator
  • Steve Bishir – track and overdub engineering
  • Jeff Balding – track ("Christmas is All in the Heart" and "O Come All Ye Faithful")
  • The Dugout Studio, Nashville, Tennessee – tracking location, overdub recording location
  • Mole End Studio, Franklin, Tennessee – overdub recording location
  • Quad Studios, Nashville, Tennessee – overdub recording location
  • Omni Sound, Nashville, Tennessee – overdub recording location
  • Devonshire Studio, North Hollywood, California – overdub recording location
  • Ocean Studio, Burbank, California – overdub recording location
  • Sound on Sound Recording, New York City – overdub recording location
  • Steve Bishir – recording engineer for The London Session Orchestra and Nashville String Machine
  • The Bennett House, Franklin, Tennessee – recording location for The London Session Orchestra and Nashville String Machine
  • Guy Defazio – additional engineering
  • Martin Woodlee – additional engineering, assistant engineer
  • Patrick Kelly – additional engineering
  • Joey Grimstead – assistant engineer
  • Aaron Swihart – assistant engineer
  • Bill Schnee – mixing
  • Schnee Studio, North Hollywood, California – mixing location
  • John Hendrickson – mix assistant
  • Doug Sax – mastering
  • The Mastering Lab, Hollywood, California – mastering location
  • Karen Phillpott – art direction
  • Franke Design – cover
  • East West Design, Nashville, Tennessee – design
  • David Maisel – photography
  • Johnny Villanueva – hair and make-up
  • Jamie Kearney – stylist

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Music of Christmas at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Steven Curtis Chapman, "The Music of Christmas" Review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved May 6, 2014.