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Joy (2012)


Joy is the 17th studio and third Christmas album by Christian singer - songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman. Released on October 16, 2012, Joy is Chapman's first release with Reunion Records and was produced by Chapman and Brent Milligan.


Seven of the album's 13 tracks are renderings of traditional Christmas carols such as "Joy to the World" and "We Three Kings" as well as popular modern Christmas songs such as "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?" Chapman employs a full range of orchestration and his "trademark acoustic/pop sound" on these songs, and shows his versatility for a variety of musical arrangements on his own original compositions, including a piano ballad, slow jazz tune, and 1950s-style rockabilly. The African Children's Choir performs on four songs.


Joy peaked at number 7 on the Top Christian Albums, number 13 on the Top Holiday Albums and number 185 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums charts. Chapman won a Dove Award for Christmas Album of the Year at the 44th GMA Dove Awards.


Track listing


1. Joy to the World (Lowell Mason, Isaac Watts) -3:13

2. Christmas Time Again (Steven Curtis Chapman, Celeb Chapman) -3:14

3. Christmas in Kentucky (Steven Curtis Chapman) -4:18

4. Do You Hear What I Hear? (Noël Regney, Gloria Shayne Baker) -4:11

5. Christmas Kiss (Steven Curtis Chapman) -3:25

6. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) -2:28

7. Christmas Time is Here (Vince Guaraldi, Lee Mendelson) -2:29

8. What Child Is This? (William Chatterton Dix) -3:41

9. In the Bleak MIdwinter (Gustav Holst, Christina Rossetti) -3:26

10. Christmas Card (Steven Curtis Chapman) -3:56

11. We Three Kings (John Henry Hopkins, Jr.) -4:28

12. I Am Joseph (God Is With Us) (Steven Curtis Chapman) -4:00

13. Happy New Year (Steven Curtis Chapman) -2:21


Accolades

Dove Award -Christmas Album of the Year (Joy)


Radio singles

2012 "Christmas Time Again" -#1 Billboard Hot Christian Songs, #1 Billboard Christian Airplay, #1 Billboard Christian AC Airplay

2012 "Do You Hear What I Hear?" -#32 Billboard Hot Christian Songs, #32 Billboard Christian Airplay

2012 "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" -#46 Billboard Hot Christian Songs, #46

Billboard Christian Airplay

2012 "Joy to the World" -#45 Billboard Hot Christian Songs, #45 Billboard Christian Airplay



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