I’ve decided that instead of doing several different posts for Christmas related releases that I would group them all together into one posting. As I get new Christmas releases I will add them to this post.
First up is:
Artist: Kings Kaleidoscope
Title: ‘Joy has Dawned’ EP
Release Date: November 27th
Kings Kaleidoscope’s, ‘Joy has Dawned,’ offers up 5-tracks of worshipful Christmas music including well know classic songs like, “O Holy Night” and “O Come All Ye Faithful,” along with some lesser known ones.
The thing that I liked most about the music was the liberal use of instrumentation including strings, keys and horns that permeate throughout the songs.
That robust instrumentation along with the crisp vocals found on it makes, ‘Joy has Dawned,’ a nice Christmas stocking stuffer.
Next up is:
Artist: Jason Gray
Title: ‘Christmas Stories: Repeat the Sounding Joy’
Release Date: Out Now
‘Christmas Stories: Repeat the Sounding Joy,’ is Jason Gray’s first Christmas project. The release was produced by Cason Cooley (Andrew Peterson, Katie Herzig, Matthew Perryman Jones) and also features collaborations with Nicole Nordeman, Joel Hanson, Andy Gullahorn, and Randall Goodgame. The release also features Gray’s youngest son Gus singing lead vocals on, “Christmas for Jesus,” along with his older twin sons, Kipper and Jacob, providing background vocals and handclaps on the album.
Gray wanted his Christmas album to be different so it’s recorded to play almost like a musical book with each song telling its story much like a chapter in a book. While the songs are set in Jesus’ time the subjects dealt with like, fear, doubt, trust and forgiveness are things that we all deal with in our lives.
While this is Christmas music Gray isn’t afraid to include some up tempo tracks that stray into a pop/ rock style complete with lively electric guitar parts. “Forgiveness is a Miracle (A Song for Joseph/ Man of Mercy),” even adds in a roots rock/ blues style.
Gray will tour in support of the album hitting ten cities in November and December backed by a full band.
Artist: Green River Ordinance
Title: ‘Green River Ordinance Christmas’ EP
Release Date: Out Now
The up tempo song, “Jingle Bell Rock,” opens up the EP followed by “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” that’s done in a nice mid tempo style and includes a muted trumpet part that adds a nice little wrinkle to it. Next up is, “Let it Snow,” done in a up tempo style complete with electric guitar. The band’s take on, “Silent Night,” follows done in a melodic reverent style complete with a worshipful ending that I enjoyed very much. “O Holy Night,” brings down the curtain done in acoustic string driven style.
Green River Ordinance manages to walk a fine line of keeping the original sound to these Christmas classics while still adding their own little touches to the songs.