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Michael W Smith Christmas Songs & Music

Whether it's his emotive voice or the face that made People magazine's Most Beautiful People list, it is difficult not to be swept up Michael W Smith's songs of worship. The Christian music star includes three holiday albums in his output, which make a powerful alternative to the cheesy pop carols piped into shopping centres every December.

Michael W Smith Christmas Albums

Christmas

1989: Christmas

Not content to just record a bunch of overplayed carols, Smith’s first yuletide album is predominantly original work. Tracks such as Anthem for Christmas and No Eye Had Seen create a peaceful feel, while Christ the Messiah raises the roof with a full chorus and orchestra. When Smith does use traditional carols, they are combined with his own pieces in creative medleys, before closing with a pious Silent Night.

Christmastime

1998: Christmastime

Christmastime is an album full of surprises. There are less of Smith’s originals in this collection, but his renditions of Christmas classics are anything but ordinary. O Christmas Tree and We Three Kings are presented as instrumentals, while Kay Thomson’s Jingle Bells turns the much-loved carol into a song you just can’t help but dance to. Smith revives the choral sound of his first holiday album on tracks such as Christmastime and Carols Sing, as well as re-recording his Sing We Now of Christmas into a medley with O Come All Ye Faithful. Christmastime is certainly a mixed bag of styles, but Smith somehow manages to make it all work.

It’s a Wonderful Christmas

2007: It’s a Wonderful Christmas

Michael W Smith went all out to record his third Christmas album, using four choirs and a sixty-five piece orchestra. The result, unsurprisingly, is an epic addition to the Christmas music canon. Smith again combines originals with traditional songs for a soaring album that is sure to lift even the darkest of spirits this Christmas.

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