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An Evening in December (1985)

Updated: Jun 15

An Evening in December is the debut studio and first Christmas album by the Christian music group First Call. It was released in late 1985 on Word Records' DaySpring label. Credited as First Call and Friends, the album features guest soloists David Meece, Wayne Watson, Cynthia Clawson, Kelly Nelon Thompson and Dave Boyer. Sung in a capella, An Evening in December is produced by Steven V. Taylor with David Maddux arranging the songs.

The album's highlight is a new arrangement on the Christmas tune "The Twelve Days of Christmas" with new lyrics by Claire Cloninger in a medley with "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." The title song is an original song written by Tricia Walker with featured soloist Thompson. "One Small Child" was written and performed with its writer Meece. An Evening in December peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart in late 1987. This album and its follow up

An Evening in December, Volume II were best sellers during the holiday season in the late 1980s. In 1986, the album was nominated for a Dove Award for Inspirational Album of the Year.

Track listing

1. An Evening in December (soloist: Kelly Nelon Thompson) (Tricia Walker) -4:54

2. Medley (soloist: Wayne Watson) (arranged by David Maddux) -4:16

Joy to the World (Isaac Watts)

O Come, All Ye Faithful (John Francis Wade)

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Charles Wesley, Felix Mendelssohn)

O Little Town of Bethlehem (Phillips Brooks, Lewis Redner)

3. Starlight (Keith Thomas) -3:10

4. How Great Our Joy (arranged by David Maddux) -1:47

5. O Come, O Come Emanuel (soloist: Cynthia Clawson) (arranged by David Maddux) -3:08

6. The First Noel (arranged by David Maddux) -2:34

7. One Small Child (soloist: David Meece) (David Meece) -3:04

8. When Jesus Was a Tiny Little Baby (Pamela Marks) -3:10

9. Lo! How a Rose E'er Blooming (arranged by David Maddux) -2:11

10. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (soloist: Dave Boyer) (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) -3:44

11. The New Twelve Days of Christmas/We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Claire Cloninger/arranged by David Maddux) -5:02


First Call:

Marty McCall -vocals

Bonnie Keen -vocals

Melodie Tunney -vocals

Next release: Undivided (1986)

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