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Top 10 Christian Christmas Albums of 2016

Focus on the reason for the season with Christmas music that celebrates Jesus.

It’s beginning to look – and sound – a lot like Christmas! Whether you like classic carols, heartwarming hymns or old-fashioned favorites, our collection of Christmas albums will quickly become your holiday soundtrack. Celebrate the reason for the season with Christmas music that exalts the birth of our Savior.

Behold by Lauren Daigle
Behold plays like a jazzy audio time capsule of saxophones, trombones, upright bass, drums and hollow body guitars. This album showcases Lauren Daigle’s versatile vocals in a more mature and subdued context.

Tennessee Christmas by Amy Grant
This album showcases Amy Grant’s classic vocals with intimate arrangements, interspersed with personal stories and holiday memories. Tennessee Christmas features an updated recording of “Tennessee Christmas” and six new songs as well as traditional favorites.

It’s Christmas! by MercyMe
Soaring emotive ballads, up-tempo music and some original compositions make this album a must-have for the holidays. It’s Christmas! is our $5 deal of the season.

Unto Us by Matthew West
Returning with his second full length Christmas album, Matthew West is back to celebrate the season with five brand new songs and some of his biggest hits. Unto Us features radio singles “A Christmas to Believe In,” “The Heart of Christmas” and “One Last Christmas.”

Christmastime by Jody McBrayer
Christmastime features Irving Berlin’s “Count your Blessings Instead of Sheep” and the John Rutter classic “Candlelight Carol.” A jazz-quartet provides the accompaniment to these familiar tunes.

12 Christmas Favorites by Bill & Gloria Gaither
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Bill & Gloria Gaither and their Homecoming Friends who bring to life signature performances of 12 classic Christmas favorites including “Joy To The World,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “Mary, Did You Know?” and more.

He Is Christmas by Triumphant Quartet
One of Southern Gospel’s most decorated quartets releases their first Christmas recording. He Is Christmas offers a variety of classics like “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and new favorites like “Thank God for Kids” as well as some original tracks.

Top 25 Christmas Carols by Maranatha!
Maranatha’s #1 series brings you Top 25 Christmas Carols – melodies to inspire the warmth of this special time. Each track is produced in full instrumentation, many with accompanying vocals. Priced right for gift giving, Top 25 Christmas Carols is the perfect present for family and friends.

Christmas Is Here by Danny Gokey
A fast-rising country singer and songwriter, Danny Gokey shifts gears with Christmas Is Here, by performing some traditional classics for most of the songs on this holiday album. Each song on the album reverberates with the emotional honesty and life-affirming messages that have become hallmarks of his music.

A Pentatonix Christmas by Pentatonix
Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum selling recording artist Pentatonix releases their much-anticipated Christmas album. A Pentatonix Christmas features a combination of classic holiday tracks, modern favorites and some brand new originals.

These albums will get you in the Christmas spirit and inspire the whole family to spread holiday cheer.

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Summer On The Go: Your Family Friendly Road Trip Playlist

Summer is in full swing and families everywhere are hitting the road, heading to their vacation destinations. Whether you’re traveling across town or across the country, we’ve created a playlist that’s sure to quiet the ‘Are we there yet?’ chorus and keep your family entertained with the latest and greatest in Christian music.

Start building your library of road trip tunes. All CDs are Buy One Get One 50% Off at Family Christian now through August 25.

Summer On The Go Playlist

Make the road trip fun for the kids! Give them permission to roll down the windows and belt out their favorite tunes as you enjoy a fun-filled journey together.

What’s your family singing along to this summer?

Hymns That Are Important to Us

GRAMMY®-nominated, husband-and-wife country music duo Joey+Rory have announced the release of an all-new recording.  Hymns That Are Important to Us (Gaither Music Group).

Hymns that are important to us

“I refer to [this] as Joey’s album–the one she’s always wanted to make–filled with the hymns she grew up singing,” described Rory.  “It was early in the spring when we started talking about the record…we began recording it in a studio in Nashville early in the summer, just after recovering from her first big surgery in Chicago.  She championed it…and even with all she’s gone through there might have been a few things that changed, but that record was not gonna stop….

“So we recorded in between some of her treatments after the surgery.  Sometimes in the evenings I would get out a microphone, and my wife sang the vocals in our hotel room in Atlanta because she wanted to see this record happen.  She did her vocals where she could–in hotel rooms, at our house, wherever and whenever she felt up to singing.”

As reported on Rory’s blog www.thislifeilive.com and covered by major media outlets across the country, Joey has been fighting Stage 4 cancer for over six months.  During that time she and Rory have turned to family, friends and their faith as never before.  And they have turned to hymns—timeless melodies with messages that continue to carry them through a difficult and inspiring journey of faith.

Hymns that are important to us

The songs Joey picked and the words she recorded were especially significant to her as she has found strength in them through her highly-publicized health battle.  The release features songs such as “It Is Well with My Soul,” “How Great Thou Art,” “I Surrender All” and “I Need Thee Every Hour.” 

“A lot has taken place in a year’s time, but through it all these songs have given me such strength,” stated Joey.  “They’ve given me such hope, and they give me something to look forward to.  I think that a lot of times when we don’t know what to say…you don’t know what to pray…you don’t know how to even begin…I think that’s, for me, where these hymns have come into play so much…

’Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, help me stand.  I’m tired…I’m weak…I’m worn.  Through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light, take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.’

“I remember waking up–it was about two days after my surgery–at one point in the middle of the night,” recalled Joey.  “I’m hooked up to every machine possible; and out of just complete thankfulness that I came through, I remember having the strength to sit up enough, and my hands just elevated over my head, and I sang [the hymn], ‘I need Thee, oh I need Thee, every hour I need thee….’

“Every hour He got me through…and it was hard, and I needed Him every hour, and I still do to this day—there are days that are just hard.  [This song] has got us through so much at every hour that we needed Him…He continues to watch over us and take care of us.  People every day who don’t have cancer who are dealt with trials or family issues or whatever it might be…we need Him.  It doesn’t matter what it is, and when we think that we can get by on our own we’re so wrong….”

“[Hymns] have met generations of people at their moments of need, which is incredible,” Rory described.  “As a songwriter…we’re moved that someone will sing along with one of our songs today, but imagine them singing along with one of our songs in 100 years.  That’s an incredible achievement, and I think it’s mostly because there are things that don’t last and things that do.  What these songs are about–they’re gonna matter then just as much as they do now, just as much as they did 100 years ago.  That’s pretty special.

“In early October, we even did a TV taping of these songs in the concert hall at our farm in front of a live audience,” described Rory.  “Joey was weak and it was difficult for her, but she was determined…these are the songs that are most important to her….”

The family has spent the past few months in Joey’s hometown of Alexandria, Indiana, near Joey’s family.  Rory and their daughter Heidi went into Bill Gaither’s nearby studio to add harmony parts to Joey’s lead vocals for the recording while in that area.  The DVD includes a special, behind-the-scenes interview with Gaither and Joey+Rory recorded at their farm in Tennessee; and the audio recording includes a moving re-release of the song “When I’m Gone,” found on Joey+Rory’s His and Hers recording (Sugar Hill Records/Vanguard Records, divisions of Concord Music Group, Inc.), a fan favorite.

Both the Hymns are Important to Us CD and DVD are available at your local Family Christian or on our website.  You may purchase the CD here and the DVD here.