Peter Hollens’ Soaring Version of Mary Did You Know

Peter Hollens’ Soaring Version of Mary Did You Know

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

Carol of Bells That Rocks, Amazes and Inspires

Carol of Bells That Rocks, Amazes and Inspires

Trevor Loucks of 92 Keys contacted us early this morning to share the group’s new Christmas video, released just yesterday, titled Carol of the Bells. I had never heard of Trevor or 92 Keys. But we all know Carol of the Bells. Carol of the Bells was not originally a Christmas song. It is a Ukrainian folk carol typically associated with the New Year and wishing good fortune on a family or friends in an upcoming season. It made it’s American debut in the 1920s. Written in 1916 by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovich and titled “Shchedryk,” the song tells theRead more

Lindsey Stirling Plays an Anonymous Hallelujah

Lindsey Stirling Plays an Anonymous Hallelujah

This is not the Lindsey Stirling we were looking for this Christmas. Blue-haired and looking like anyone but Lindsey Stirling the YouTube mega-star took to a subway platform with violin in hand and with the tiniest of Nativities on display she performed a wonderful and largely ignored rendition of Hallelujah. Her tearful message at the end more than explains the beauty that is this piece of Christmas work. It is exactly the Lindsey Stirling we were looking for:

A Lonesome Korean Christmas

A Lonesome Korean Christmas

This is awesome — and it just shows you the reach that Christmas has around the world. It is the Barberettes performing Lonesome Christmas. This production — from the music to the video — is every bit as great as anything done with Christmas anywhere in the world. It’s just that most of it is in Korean. Tell me you don’t understand this:

Merry Podcast #49 — Turkeys and Tunes

Merry Podcast #49 — Turkeys and Tunes

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s time for our annual Thanksgiving show on the Merry Podcast, a festive celebration of the grateful season plus a preview of the great new music of season. In this episode we’re exploring the history of the American Turkey, the very staple of our feast. Plus we take an extended look at one of the best Thanksgiving movies of all time — Planes, Trains and Automobiles. And, of course, Christmas is not forgotten: we interview a real elf from the North Pole and talk about his role in tracking Santa. We’re also pleased to feature the music ofRead more

Kenny Rogers and Home Free Rock Children Go Where I Send Thee

Kenny Rogers and Home Free Rock Children Go Where I Send Thee

Country a cappella group Home Free team up with the retiring Kenny Rogers to give a fresh take on the holiday standard Children, Go Where I Send Thee. This song is featured on Roger’s new Christmas album Once Again It’s Christmas. It this is how he’s going out The Gambler is certainly doing it in style. This could be the biggest hit of this Christmas. This is pure spirited fun: