Tenth Avenue North: Decade the Halls Volume 1 (Remade Records)
Tenth Avenue North rips open the Christmas season with a hilariously delightful concept Christmas album. The band travels through musical history by taking traditional Christmas music and arranging it according to cliché popular music from each decade. Through 10 songs, Tenth Avenue North travels through 100 years of Christmas Music. Starting with the 1920s and meeting in present day, the album presents a hilarious take on common Christmas carols. “We couldn’t decide what era to emulate when recording this album,” shares Mike Donehey. “There’s so many beautiful Christmas songs that span so many decades and genres, we decided to do all of them. Also, we wanted to make something that might actually hold our attention. It’s easy to get bored with an album, particularly a Christmas record when you’re already familiar with so many of the songs. We feel this keeps the listener engaged and full of wonder. What’s the next song gonna sound like?”
Decade The Halls Vol. 1 Track Listing:
- Good King Wenceslas (1920s)
2. O Come All Ye Faithful (1930s)
3. O Holy Night (feat. Jon McLaughlin) (1940s)
4. The First Christmas (feat. Zach Williams) (1950s)
5. Deck the Halls (1960s)
6. We Three Kings (feat. Britt Nicole) (1970s)
7. Go Tell It On The Mountain (1980s)
8. The First Noel (feat. Colton Dixon) (1990s)
9. Mistletoe (The Christmas Sweater Song) (2000s)
10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (feat. Sarah Reeves) (2010s)
Bryan and Katie Torwalt, worship leaders for Jesus Culture, step aside this Christmas season to launch their own personal four song Christmas CD. Taking a very traditional and orchestral view of their favorite Christmas songs, the couple presents a warm, rich feeling for the season. The EP features three Christmas classics and closes with a beautiful rendition of Emmanuel (God with Us Forever) from last year’s album Champion. “We love Christmas music so much that it was really hard to narrow it down. In the end, we went with some classics that make us smile every time we hear them, and we loved getting to sing them. We kept the songs in that classic 50s and 60s sounds with lots of strings, choir, upright bass and Christmas bells. We wanted to create Christmas music that we would want to listen to, a sound that reminded us of everything we love about Christmas.”
Christmas music is typically played in the background for whatever task you’re accomplishing: homework, baking, shopping, wrapping, decorating. Meredith Andrews Christmas album Receive Our King fits right into that category, until your heart and mind capture the words of her original songs and reminds you of the joy and peace that comes only from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. “Every year I look forward to when it’s time to listen to Christmas music,” shares Meredith Andrews. “I have several ‘go-to’ albums, the ones that immediately take me back to my Christmases as a little girl as well as the ones that are just fun, meaningful, or nostalgic. When it came time to make my own Christmas album, I wanted to capture the beauty and wonder of Jesus coming to earth as a baby to rescue the world and to create a project that would deepen the listener’s experience of Christmas. I am so excited to release Receive Our King for the coming Advent season, and pray that everyone who hears these songs will be drawn in to remember, reflect and respond to the birth of our Savior that truly was the turning point in history.”
Marc Martel’s EP The First Noel, beautifully follows up last year’s debut holiday album The Silent Night. Featuring six classics: “The Christmas Song,” “Mary Did You Know” (feat. Buddy Greene), “The First Noel,” “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” (feat. Plumb), “Ave Maria” and “The Hallelujiah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah” this album is a stunning addition for the classic Christmas setting.
Your favorite Christmas song will never compare to what the shepherds heard that night.
Do we really understand the power and majesty of what happened one night in Bethlehem?