Amy Grant loves Christmas. She’s recorded three holiday CD’s in her career and this year has released a new collection, compiling four new tracks and her favorite songs from her previous CD’s.
Many artists who achieve her stature as a grammy-winning and multi-platinum selling performer are obliged to add their takes to the traditional favorites to the holiday music lexicon. Often while listening to Christmas music on the radio, I wonder if the singer really has a heart for the material. It’s clear Amy does.
What sets Amy apart is that she really means it when she invites us to have a merry little Christmas. Whether joyful or solemn, Amy’s beautiful pop voice strikes the right tone. Her heart is in all these songs. Clearly, her faith and family traditions hold profound meaning for her this time of year. When we join her in the music, we’re uplifted with the spirit of the season as well.
The new tracks on her current Christmas CD continue her heartfelt holiday spirit. Of the four contributions, my favorite is I Need a Silent Night. It gives voice to the unspoken wish of all frazzled moms this time of year:
I need a silent night, a Holy night to hear an angel voice
Through the chaos and the noise I need a midnight clear
A little peace right here to end this crazy day with a silent night
The song features Amy’s daughter Corrina reading the Luke account of the birth of Jesus. Her sweet voice harkens to the angel Amy wants to hear during her silent night. Like Linus in A Charlie Brown Christmas, she reminds us of the reason for the season. Perhaps Corrina also reminds us to be attentive to all the angels in our lives, and not get so caught up in the bustle that we brush past them and miss tender moments.
Amy’s other new tracks include her covers of Jingle Bells, the arrangement made famous by Barbra Streisand, and Count Your Blessings, a tender song from the classic movie White Christmas. Amy and husband Vince Gill composed Baby, It’s Christmas, a soft jazz, slightly sexy ode to the one you’ve been meeting under the mistletoe.
Our family has grown up with Amy through her Christmas recordings, and the new collection spans the decades from Tennessee Christmas to Breath of Heaven and A Christmas to Remember. With her new collection, Amy invites us celebrate the season with her, right where we are. She’s real, she’s hopeful; her heart is in all her work. We know Christmas has arrived when Amy’s voice fills our home.