Finally, 2020 is starting to sound a little better. Maybe it’s the new Christmas. Some of this year’s music worth listening to includes For King and Country’s album centered around the little drummer boy, Leslie Odom, Jr. old-fashioned album, the umpteenth holiday record from Penatonix and even Dolly Parton is getting into the holiday spirit. Scan below and have a listen.
For King and Country
A Drummer Boy Christmas CD
By For King & Country / Word Curb
This full-length Christmas collection from the Dove-winning sibling duo expands upon their fan-favorite EP to include thirteen reverent and joyous songs. Features NEEDTOBREATHE on “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” and Gabby Barrett on “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” plus other seasonal classics and originals.
Leslie Odom, Jr.
The Christmas Album
Leslie Odom, Jr. / S Curve Records
The Hamilton star’s new Christmas music looks old, but this isn’t you mom and pop’s Christmas album. In addition to classics like “Little Drummer Boy,” “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” and “O Holy Night”, Odom, Jr. presents new songs like “Snow” and the incredibly beautiful “Heaven & Earth”. To complete the circle, he adds the hanukkah song, “Ma’oz Tzur”, the kitchy Hawaiian “Mele Kalikimaka” and the almost forgotten “Auld Land Syne’ to the collection.
My Gift – CD
By Carrie Underwood / Universal Music Distribution
Grammy-winner Carrie Underwood offers her first full-length Christmas album, an orchestral collection of timeless holiday favorites. Titles include “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Mary Did You Know,” “Silent Night,” and more.
We Need a Little Christmas
Pentatonix / RCA
Believe it or not, this is Pentatonix 6th holiday album and yet they still find songs that they haven’t covered yet. The one song on the album that is getting all of the attention right now isn’t even a Christmas song. As with previous albums, We Need a Little Christmas features a hymn, “Amazing Grace”. And is sounds, well, you know…
This Christmas CD
By Francesca Battistelli / Word Curb
CCM favorite Francesca Battistelli offers a charming Christmas collection, spotlighting her award-winning voice over a set of reverent, festive, and soothing holiday songs. Includes “Behold Him,” “Messiah,” and more.
A Tori Kelly Christmas
Tori Kelly / Capitol Records
Produced and featuring Babyface, Tori Kelly delivers her new holiday album. Buy it at Target, and you’ll get two extra exclusive songs making the grand of 15 tunes including classics such as “O Holy Night,” “Joy to the World” and the more contemporary, “This Christmas.” You’ll also find a few new songs like “25” and Babyface joins her to sing “Let it Snow.”
SOZO Christmas, CD
By Various Artists / Sparrow Records
SOZO Playlists feature the top Christian hits and inspirational songs from today’s most popular artists. The first SOZO Christmas collection blends traditional favorites and original compositions from Lauren Daigle, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Chris Tomlin, TobyMac, Jeremy Camp, Danny Gokey, and more! Fifteen songs.
Soothe Christmas CD
By Jim Brickman / Spring House Productions, Inc.
Pianist and radio host Jim Brickman adds to his tranquil Soothe series with this sixth volume, featuring a selection of treasured Christmas classics on solo piano.
A Holly Dolly Christmas
Dolly Parton / ADA
Dolly had a lot of company producing this latest album including Miley Cyrus (“Christmas Is”), Billy Ray Cyrus (“Christmas Where We Are”), Michael Bublé (“Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas”), Willie Nelson (“Pretty Paper”), Randy Parton (“You Are My Christmas”) and even Jimmy Fallon (“All I Want for Christmas is You”).
Christmas Eve in Bethlehem
By Hannah Kerr / Black River Entertainment
CCM rising star Hannah Kerr expands on her 2017 Christmas EP with this joyous ten song collection. Christmas Eve In Bethlehem showcases Hannah’s exceptional voice on the hit title track plus “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night,” “The First Noel,” and others.
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