Songs of Praise as Christmas Music

Songs of Praise as Christmas Music

In the most recent episode of the Merry Podcast we discuss a trend in Christmas music that sees traditional songs of praise released on Christmas albums. Here is a great example of that in the latest video from Peter Hollens and his new Christmas album titled A Hollens Family Christmas features Amazing Grace with the vocal band Home Free: Peter’s new album is OUTSTANDING. But his inclusion of Amazing Grace on a Christmas album is important and interesting. Most ancient Christmas carols are songs of praise. Joy to the World, O Come All Ye Faithful and even Away in aRead more

Debut of December Song by Peter Hollens

Debut of December Song by Peter Hollens

As we shared earlier this month Peter Hollens is releasing his first full Christmas album and this is his first video release from that album, an original called December Song: This is a very anticipated release. Hollens usually works with artists, groups and choirs large and small in creative covers and according to his own comments on the backend of this video his new album includes some 4300 other individuals. Between Jackie Evancho and Home Free alone it promises to be quite a work. To say this album is eagerly awaited in an understatement. The album is now on saleRead more

Peter Hollens to Release a Christmas Album

Peter Hollens to Release a Christmas Album

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

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

The World’s Largest Living Nativity

The World’s Largest Living Nativity

It took 1039 people and a lot of talented musicians on a cold November evening last year to pull off this incredibly beautiful rendition of “Angels from the Realms of Glory”. If there is a word to describe this Christmas gathering it would be pure joy:

Peter Hollens Sings The Christmas Song

Peter Hollens Sings The Christmas Song

When Bob Wells and Mel Torme wrote The Christmas Song during the golden years of Christmas songs (1944) they had no idea they were penning a tune that would recorded by literally hundreds of artists. It is a song that, like White Christmas, gets reinterpreted almost every holiday season. In one of the most stirring of renditions in recent memory is YouTube sensation Peter Hollens. His soaring vocals and tight acappella harmonies will put you in a Christmas mood in a hurry: