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The Christmas Collection (2008)

Updated: Sep 21, 2023

The Christmas Collection is a Christmas compilation album by Christian singer-songwriter Amy Grant, released on September 30, 2008 by Sparrow Records and EMI Christian Music Group.

The compilation includes fourteen previously released Christmas songs from Grant's three Christmas studio albums A Christmas Album, Home for Christmas and A Christmas to Remember, as well as four new songs. Of the four songs, two are covers and two are originals. The two covers are "Jingle Bells" sung in fast-paced, just like Barbra Streisand's 1967 recording as arranged by Marty Paich and Jack Gold and "Count Your Blessings" from the 1954 motion picture White Christmas. The two new originals are "I Need a Silent Night" and "Baby, It's Christmas."

The intro of "Sleigh Ride" actually begins over the end of "Baby, It's Christmas," and continues non-stop in a successive flow and the album contains a shortened edited version of "A Mighty Fortress/Angels We Have Heard on High." The album peaked at number 2 on the Top Christian Albums, number 5 on the Top Holiday Albums and number 41 on the Top 200 Albums charts in Billboard magazine.

Track listing

1. Jingle Bells (James Pierpont; arranged by Jack Gold and Marty Paich) (new recording) -2:05

2. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Edward Pola, George Wyle) (from Home for

Christmas) -2:28

3. I Need a Silent Night (Amy Grant, Chris Eaton) (new recording) -3:59

4. Winter Wonderland (Felix Bernard, Dick Smith) (from Home for Christmas) -2:18

5. Baby, It's Christmas (Amy Grant, Vince Gill) (new recording) -4:01

6. Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish) (from A Christmas Album) -3:24

7. Count Your Blessings (Irving Berlin) (new recording) -3:43

8. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (William H. Cummings, Felix Mendelssohn, Charles Wesley)

(from A Christmas Album) -2:56

9. Silent Night (Joseph Mohr, Franz Gruber) (from A Christmas to Remember) -3:44

10. Breathe of Heaven (Mary's Song) (Amy Grant, Chris Eaton) (from Home for Christmas) -5:23

11. Joy to the World/Born Unto Us a Child Is Born (Isaac Watts/ George Frideric Handel)

(from Home for Christmas) -2:35

12. Grown-Up Christmas List (David Foster, Linda Thompson; additional lyrics by Amy Grant)

(from Home for Christmas) -5:02

13. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (Johnny Marks) (from Home for Christmas) -2:10

14. Tennessee Christmas (Amy Grant, Gary Chapman) (from A Christmas Album) -4:34

15. A Christmas to Remember (Amy Grant, Chris Eaton, Beverly Darnall) (from A Christmas to

Remember) -4:21

16. O Come All Ye Faithful (John Francis Wade) (from Home for Christmas) -3:02

17. A Mighty Fortress/Angels We Have Heard on High (edited version) (Traditional) (from A Christmas Album) -3:48

18. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) (from Home for Christmas) -2:41

Production credits

Brown Bannister -producer (tracks 1-8, 10-14, 16, 17 and 18)

Amy Grant -co-producer (tracks 1, 3, 5 and 7)

Ron Huff -co-producer (tracks 2 and 11)

Michael Omartian -producer (tracks 9 and 15)

Radio singles

2008 "I Need a Silent Night" -#29 Billboard AC, #7 Billboard Christian AC Airplay, #12 Billboard Christian Airplay, #12 Billboard Christian Songs

Previous release: Greatest HIts (2007)

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