2012 Richard Marx – Christmas Spirit

Christmas Spirit is a Christmas/holiday seasonal release album by Richard Marx, released in October 2012. Five tracks on the album previously appeared on his 2011 release, The Christmas EP. Christmas Spirit reached No. 181 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and No. 21 on the Billboard Top Christmas Albums chart.

Two of its new tracks became top 20 Adult Contemporary hits. “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” is based on Casting Crowns arrangement of the song from their Peace On Earth album. Christmas Spirit yielded five singles, including “Christmas Spirit”, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”, “The Little Drummer Boy”, “Christmas Mornings” and “O Holy Night”.

The album features duets with Kenny Loggins, Sara Watkins and Sara Niemietz.

Marx returned to the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart’s Top Ten chart with Little Drummer Boy in December 2012

Tracks

1  The Christmas Song (Mel Tormé; Robert Wells) 04:30   
2  Christmas Spirit (Richard Marx; Fee Waybill) 04:04
3  Heard The Bells On Christmas Day (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Bernie Herms; Dale Oliver; Mark Hall) 04:24
4  Let There Be Peace On Earth (Jill Jackson; Sy Miller) 03:11
5  O Come All Ye Faithful (Traditional) 03:30
6  Little Drummer Boy (Harry Simeone; Henry Onorati; Katherine Davis) 04:29
7  O Holy Night (Adolphe Adam; John Dwight) 03:53
8  What Child Is This (Traditional) 03:44
9  Silent Night (Traditional) 03:12
10  Christmas Morning (Dave Grusin; Richard Marx) 04:12
11  Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Haven Gillespie; Fred Coots) 02:27
12  White Christmas (Irving Berlin) 04:05
13  Alleluia (Larry Gatlin) 01:40

Media

Musicians

1 The Christmas Song

PianoJason Webb
VocalsRichard Marx


2 Christmas Spirit

BassMark Hill
DrumsSteve Brewster
GuitarJerry McPherson
KeyboardsRichard Marx
PianoMichael Omartian
Background VocalsOpal Staples
Background VocalsSimbryt Whttington
VocalsRichard Marx


3 Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

BassMark Hill
DrumsSteve Brewster
GuitarJerry McPherson
GuitarRichard Marx
Acoustic GuitarRichard Marx
PianoRichard Marx
Background VocalsBrandon Marx
Background VocalsLucas Marx
Background VocalsJesse Marx
VocalsRichard Marx


4 Let There Be Peace On Earth

BassMark Hill
DrumsWill Sayles
GuitarJerry McPherson
Acoustic GuitarRichard Marx
PianoRichard Marx
VocalsKenny Loggins
VocalsRichard Marx


5 O Come All Ye Faithful

PianoJason Webb
Background VocalsBrandon Marx
Background VocalsLucas Marx
Background VocalsJesse Marx
Background VocalsRuth Marx
VocalsRichard Marx


6 Little Drummer Boy

BassMark Hill
DrumsWill Sayles
GuitarJerry McPherson
KeyboardsRichard Marx
VocalsRichard Marx


7 O Holy Night

BassMark Hill
DrumsSteve Brewster
GuitarJerry McPherson
GuitarRichard Marx
PianoMichael Omartian
Background VocalsJesse Marx
Background VocalsLucas Marx
Background VocalsBrandon Marx
VocalsRichard Marx


8 What Child Is This

BassMark Hill
DrumsSteve Brewster
GuitarJerry McPherson
Acoustic GuitarMatt Scannell
PianoJason Webb
VocalsRichard Marx


9 Silent Night

BassMark Hill
DrumsSteve Brewster
Acoustic GuitarRichard Marx
PianoMichael Omartian
VocalsSara Watkins
VocalsRichard Marx


10 Christmas Morning

PianoRichard Marx
VocalsRichard Marx


11 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

BassMark Hill
DrumsSteve Brewster
GuitarJerry McPherson
PianoJason Webb
VocalsSara Niemietz
VocalsRichard Marx


12 White Christmas

BassMark Hill
DrumsSteve Brewster
VocalsRichard Marx
PianoJason Webb
GuitarJerry McPherson


13 Alleluia

VocalsBrandon Marx
VocalsLucas Marx
VocalsJesse Marx
VocalsRichard Marx

Liner Notes

Producer – Richard Marx
Arranged By – Jason Webb (Track 1)
Arranged By – Richard Marx (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12)
Arranged By – David Davidson (Tracks 5, 8)
Arranged By (Strings) – Richard Marx (Tracks 4, 7, 10)
Arranged By (Strings) – David Davidson (Tracks 8, 12)
Arranged By (Strings) – Cliff Colnot (Track 9)
Arranged By (Strings) – Steve Mauldin (Track 11)
Engineer – Justin Niebank
Engineer (Additional) – Alan Parker, Chip Matthews, Drew Bollman, Matt Prock, Nathan Yarborough, Seth Morton
Mastered By – Benny Quinn
Mixed By – Justin Niebank

Photography By – Nels Israelson

Recorded At Ocean Way Nashville
Recorded At Sound Stage Studios
Recorded At Blackbird Studio
Recorded At Renegade Studios
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