Item description for A Christmas to Remember by Shirley Caesar...
Overview Song List 1. Christmas To Remember, A 2. Christmas Can't Be Very Far Away 3. Silent Night 4. Christmas Lullaby (I Will Lead You Home) 5. Highland Cathedral 6. Jingle Bell Rock 7. Mister Santa 8. Till The Season Comes Round Again 9. Gabriel's Oboe 10. Welcome To Our World 11. Agnus Dei
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Studio: Word Entertainment
Record Label Myrrh Records
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.08" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.23 lbs.
Release Date Oct 18, 1999
Publisher WORD MUSIC - CHRISTMAS #190
ISBN 7012687266 ISBN13 9787012687269 UPC 080688600723
Availability 0 units.
More About Shirley Caesar
Born on November 25, 1960, in Augusta, Georgia. Amy Grant has helped revolutionize contemporary Christian music.
Harking from Nashville, Tennessee, Amy was part of a close-knit, religious family. She had a strong grounding in God's Word through her Church, would would become a major influence on her music.
Grant learned guitar as a teen, and worked at a local recording studio. It was during this time that she made a tape of her music for her parents, which had been discovered by a producer with Word Records, a Christian music label. This led to a recording contract, and her first album was released in 1977. The self-titled album was a big success in the world of Christian music. With her unique style, Grant charted new territory. She fused elements of existing genres of gospel, hymns, and Jesus music—which used rock music to convey Christian teachings—to create a fresh, new sound, not heard before. Her songs are often deeply personal as well as reflecting her spiritual faith.
Grant continued recording and performing throughout high school and college, and has made a significant career for herself releasing numerous popular albums over the years.
She also earned several Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association (GMA), including for Performer of the Year.
Amy Grant has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about A Christmas to Remember?
Underappreciated gem Dec 12, 2006
To me, Christmas isn't Christmas without an Amy Grant CD being played. I wait impatiently for the holiday season to roll around so I can dig her holidays CDs out and play them incessantly. My favorite of hers is the now classic "Home For Christmas" which should be in every Christmas lover's CD collection. I place this offering, her third, right behind that one and before her first one, "The Christmas Album."(Which hasn't aged well). Heresy, you say? Not really. Granted, she doesn't really offer much here as a songwriter, but she still has an amazing gift for making a song her own. Her voice and delivery bring out so much emotion and is well suited to this, for the most part, well-chosen collection. There really isn't a bad track here, though as a few people have noted, the addition of "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Mr. Santa" stand out in a less than flattering way. They're not terrible, but they don't really belong here among such serious and thematic songs; they're more suited to a children's album. The best songs on the album are surprisingly the more melancoly and reflective ones, such as "Till The Season Comes Round Again" and "Christmas Lullaby (I Will Lead You Home)", which is my favorite off the album and never fails to tear me up! Her use of choir and strings on "Silent Night" give it an almost ethereal feeling and "Welcome To Our World" is simply stunning. If there's a downside to this album, it's simply that it's too short, clocking in just shy of 40 minutes. I highly recommend this often overlooked album by one of the best vocalists around. Merry Christmas!!
Worth the Price Nov 18, 2006
While I am not a big Amy Grant fan, I heard Welcome to Our World on the radio, and just fell in love with it. The clarity of her voice never ceases to amaze me, and this one song is worth the price of the CD. There are many other tracks that make this one of my favortite Christmas CD's. I agree that Mr. Santa and Jingle Bell Rock breaks the continuity of this soft and amazing album, it is worth adding to your Christmas music collection.
Beautiful Music Jan 16, 2006
I must strongly disagree with the first reviewer about this CD! I do agree that the CD would have been better without "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Mister Santa." They are cute, but they don't seem to fit in very well with the other songs. That said, this CD is full of gems like the hauntingly beautiful "Christmas Lullaby" and "Welcome to Our World." There are two beautiful instrumentals, "Highland Cathedral" and "Gabriel's Oboe." "Til' The Season Comes Round Again" is tenderly sung, and "Christmas Can't Be Very Far Away" sets the right note at the beginning of the CD. I don't have a problem with the fact that these songs weren't written by Amy herself (Michael W. Smith, Chris Rice and others wrote many of them). Also, I don't think the fact that Amy is divorced should affect one's decision to buy this CD! While sad, her divorce in no way diminishes her talent and beautiful voice. I love this Christmas CD as much as the first two. Please do yourself a favor and give it a chance -- I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Her bag of tricks is empty Dec 21, 2005
Great Christmas music evokes the spirit of the holiday through both sound and lyric. Grant's first two Christmas albums accomplished this in spades. I loved them, and play them every season. That said, I purchased this one without so much as a listen, confident that it would be chock full of more gems. First came the title track, which lists the playing of some other artist's music as being integral to having a memorable Christmas. Then came the jazzy Jingle Bell Rock, which sounded less like a Christmas tune and more like something they rushed through in order to flesh out the album. Then came the cutesy Mr. Santa, which was a nifty idea but once again had none of the magical stuff that made her earlier albums such perennial favorites. Then came the cash I got by trading the CD in at a second-hand shop.
There may very well have been some genuinely sweet moments hidden in there, but the intro left a sour taste, as did the knowledge that I would no longer be reading Gary Chapman's name among Ms. Grant's album credits. Seems he didn't love Vince Gill as much as she did.
Amy's a gifted musician, with plenty of worthwhile music. Check out Unguarded, The Collection, Lead Me On, or Behind the Eyes if you want to see what she's really capable of. Check out A Christmas Album or Home for Christmas. Avoid this one.