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Christmas (1989)

Updated: Oct 8, 2023

Christmas is the fifth studio and first Christmas album by Christian singer-songwriter Michael W. Smith, released on September 1, 1989 by Reunion Records.

Smith co-produced the album with composer-arranger Ronn Huff to give it a more classical feel and the album is a mix of some traditional Christmas songs (some instrumental) and new compositions. "Gloria" is a pop contemporary version of "Angels We Have Heard on High," in which Smith did the arrangement. The album climbed to number 3 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart and was Gold certified in 2006.

Fellow CCM recording artist and frequent collaborator Amy Grant co-wrote and provided duet vocals on the track "No Eye Had Seen" and Nathan Wadley was the featured soloist, along with the American Boychoir on the track "All is Well."

Track listing

1. Overture/O Come All Ye Faithful (Michael W. Smith/John Francis Wade) -5:38

2. Lux Venit (Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Beverly Darnall) -3:28

3. Anthem for Christmas (Michael W. Smith, Gloria Gaither) -3:11

4. First Snowfall (instrumental) (Michael W. Smith) -2:44

5. Christ the Messiah (Michael W. Smith, Deborah D. Smith, Elizabeth L. Jones) -3:59

6. No Eye Had Seen (duet with Amy Grant) (Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant) -2:53

7. All is Well (featured soloist Nathan Wadley with the Amercan Boychoir)

(Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) -4:08

8. Memoirs: A Trilogy (instrumental) -

(The Voice/Good King Wenceslas/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing)

(Michael W. Smith/John Mason Neale/Felix Mendelssohn) -4:28

9. Gloria (traditional; arranged by Michael W. Smith) -5:03

10. Silent NIght (instrumental) (Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr) -1:33

Gold certified in 2006.

Previous release: i 2 (EYE) (1988)

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