The Music of Christmas (1995)
Updated: Nov 30
The Music of Christmas is the seventh studio and first Christmas album by Christian singer - songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman, released on September 14, 1995 by Sparrow Records.
Chapman co-produced the album with Brown Bannister, who is best known for producing Amy Grant's two previous Christmas albums, featuring original compositions and well-known Christmas songs. One of the original songs "Christmas Is All in the Heart" was released as a single and music video. The song features guest vocals by Christian gospel singer CeCe Winans. Chapman's father Herb Chapman and older brother Herb Chapman, Jr. provide guest vocals on the medley of "Silent Night," "Away in a Manger" and "O Holy Night."
The Music of Christmas peaked at number 2 on the Top Christian Albums, number 7 on the Top Holiday Albums and number 61 on the Top 200 Albums charts in Billboard magazine. In 1999, the album was certified Gold selling half a million copies by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/The Music of Christmas (William H. Cummings, Felix Mendelssohn, Charles Wesley/Steven Curtis Chapman) -6:44
2. Christmas Is All in the Heart (guest vocals by CeCe Winans) (Steven Curtis
3. Angels, We Have Heard on High (Edward S. Barnes) -5:41
4. O Come, O Come Emmanuel (traditional; arranged by Steven Curtis
5. Our God Is With Us (Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith) -6:44
6. Interlude: The Music of Christmas (instrumental) -4:47
Joy to the World (Isaac Watts)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
The First Noel
Angels, We Have Heard on High
7. What Child Is This/This Baby (William Chatterton Dix/Steven Curtis Chapman)
8. Medley (guest vocals by Herb Chapman and Herb Chapman, Jr.) -6:04
Silent Night (Joseph Mohr, Franz Gruber)
Away in a Manger (William J. Kirkpatrick, James R. Murray)
O Holy Night (Adolphe Adam, John Sullivan Dwight)
9. Carol of the Bells (instrumental) (arranged by Steven Curtis Chapman) -3:45
10. O Come, All Ye Faithful (traditional; arranged by Steven Curtis Chapman) -4:19
11. Going Home for Christmas (Steven Curtis Chapman, James Isaac Elliot) -5:26
12. Precious Promise (Steven Curtis Chapman) –4:13
Gold certified in 1999.
1995 "Christmas Is All in the Heart" -#1 Christian AC
Previous release: Heaven in the Real World (1994)
Next release: Signs of Life (1996)
Watch the music video of "Christmas Is All in the Heart" here: