Tis the season for new Christmas videos and the Piano Guys just released their newest Christmas tune titled Ode to Joy to the World. Yes, it’s a mash-up as only the Piano Guys do it and it’s a great, if not joyful, set-up to the season ahead. Take a look and a listen: Joy to the World is actually a hymn, written by one of the most prolific hymn writers in history, Isaac Watts. As a child, Watts showed remarkable propensity for rhyme, much to his father’s chagrin. After the family prayer time, one day, the sober minded elder WattsRead more
This has got to be one of the most over covered songs of recent Christmas albums. But this is Pentatonix. That means it is fresh, stirring — a must listen and a must watch: The is the first release of their new album, A Pentatonix Christmas. If you thought you’ve heard too much of them these past few years just check that at the door. A Pentatonix Christmas features versions of “White Christmas,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman,” and other tunes you’ll be blasting in the coming months. Stay tuned for more to come.
Recording artist and YouTube star Peter Hollens is releasing a new Christmas album, titled A Hollens Family Christmas. The album is a follow-up to his hit video cover of Mary, Did You Know? released last December and presently sitting at better than 5 million views (the song also appears on this new album). Hollens has consistently struck an independent path in his career, using YouTube and social media to connect personally with fans. He is marketing this new album first via Patreon.com but issuing a general release weeks after. Track listing: 1. Little Drummer Boy 2. O Come, O ComeRead more
Pentatonix just announced via their Twitter feed another new Christmas album to be titled A Pentatonix Christmas. The unexpected release shakes up the recording market for Christmas music in 2016 significantly. The new album will debut exactly 2 years after their last Christmas album was released. That album went double platinum. Our upcoming holiday album 'A Pentatonix Christmas' will be released on 10/21, and we can't wait for you to hear it! More info coming #soon. — Pentatonix (@PTXofficial) September 16, 2016 The group’s last Christmas album — That’s Christmas to Me — was released just two years ago toRead more
Country group Rascal Flatts has announced they are planning a Christmas album. Though the group has released a Christmas single or two this will be their first ever Christmas album. “We’ve done some songs, but this is our first complete Christmas album, our first entire project,” Joe Don Rooney says. “We’re thrilled. So we’re going to be really busy, knock that out, get that done, before the Rhythm & Roots Tour starts . . . We’re blessed. We’re blessed to be working.” The group reported has some of the studio work already finished for the album but so far hasRead more
Our old friend Carly Jamison is offering yet another new Christmas original and like last year it rocks. What we love about Carly is her enthusiasm for the season and the fact it doesn’t have to sound like a hymn. This is party music, it’s bright, fun and addictive. Thanks again and Merry Christmas, Carly!
These guys are just having fun now — insane fun. We’re talking BYU Vocal Point and this time they rock. This fall has seen their Christmas album catch fire and it is because of stuff like this. How great is this? Look for this to headline Christmas light shows across the country next Christmas. No kidding. Channeling their best Trans Siberian Orchestra the Boys of BYU deliver a rock solid rendition of Sarajevo:
GENTRI is an all male group making an impact all over these days. Their group name means “The Gentlemen Trio” — three tenors, matched vocally and arranged spectacularly. In this Christmas offering they do a mash up of What Child is This with I Wonder as I Wander. Give them a listen: These guys are skilled and polished. We’re keeping them on our radar — we think there is great Christmas music yet to come from them. GENTRI is a Utah-based group that was founded in 2014 by tenors Brad Robins, Casey Elliot and Bradley Quinn Lever and launched toRead more
We so greatly enjoy the young, fresh talents that are out there. Here’s a video of a young guitar player with some serious skills named Gabriella Quevedo performing Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town:
YouTube star Peter Hollens, who is famous for singing with himself in amazing harmonies, does his oft-requested version of Mary Did You Know? in this new video out today. Mary Did You Know? is an amazing piece of Christmas music. It is totally contemporary, the lyrics to it being written in 1984 by Mark Lowry, the first to make the song a hit. In an interview Lowry explained how he happened upon the lyrics: Well, my Pastor asked me to write the Christmas program for our church, called The Living Christmas Tree, & I wrote some monologue to go inRead more