1983 Amy Grant – A Christmas Album

A Christmas Album is the fifth studio album and the first Christmas album by Christian music singer Amy Grant. The album was recorded in nine studios in mid-1983 and was released later that same year.

It was issued on the heels of Grant’s immensely successful 1982 LP Age to Age. Primarily for the audiences she attracted with Age to Age, A Christmas Album features well-known sacred and secular standards alongside original songs, and tracks from this album continue to receive airplay to this day during the holiday season on both secular and Christian radio stations. Although not as successful as Age to Age, A Christmas Album still peaked in the Top Ten of the Christian chart and spawned a Top 20 Christian radio single in “Emmanuel.” The album would eventually be certified Gold in 1985, and Platinum in 1989. A Christmas Album was listed at No. 40 in the 2001 book, CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music. In 2016, Grant re-recorded the song “Tennessee Christmas” as the opening track of her Christmas album of the same name. The song was released as a single from the album and charted at No. 50 on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart in December 2016

Tracks

1  Tennessee Christmas (Amy Grant; Gary Chapman) 04:34
2  Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (William Cummings; Felix Mendelssohn; Charles Wesley) 02:55
3  Preiset Dem Konig! (Praise The King) (Shane Keister) 01:39
4  Emmanuel (Michael W Smith) 02:53
5  Little Town (Chris Eaton; Phillips Brooks) 02:47
6  Christmas Hymn (Amy Grant; Michael W Smith) 02:32
7  Love Has Come (Amy Grant; Shane Keister; Michael W Smith) 04:01
8  Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson; Mitchell Parish) 03:34
9  The Christmas Song (Mel Tormé; Robert Wells) 03:46
10  Heirlooms (Amy Grant; Brown Bannister) 03:44
11  A Mighty Fortress/ Angels We Have Heard On High (Traditional) 05:00

Musicians

1 Tennessee Christmas

BassMike Brignardello
DrumsPaul Leim
GuitarJon Goin
Acoustic GuitarGary Chapman
Acoustic GuitarDean Parks
Pedal Steel GuitarGary Chapman
Fender RhodesShane Keister
ShakerVictor Feldman
Background VocalsGary Chapman
VocalsAmy Grant


2 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

BassMike Brignardello
DrumsPaul Leim
GuitarJon Goin
PianoMichael W Smith
SynthesizerShane Keister
PercussionVictor Feldman
VocalsAmy Grant


3 Preiset Dem Konig! (Praise The King)

SynthesizerShane Keister


4 Emmanuel

BassMike Brignardello
DrumsPaul Leim
Drums (Linn)Paul Leim
GuitarJon Goin
SynthesizerMichael W Smith
MoogShane Keister
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsTamara Champlin
Background VocalsCarmen Twillie
VocalsAmy Grant


5 Little Town

BassMike Brignardello
DrumsPaul Leim
GuitarJon Goin
PianoMichael W Smith
SynthesizerShane Keister
HornTom McAninch
BellsPaul Leim
PercussionVictor Feldman
Background VocalsRichard Page
Background VocalsSteve George
Background VocalsDavid Page
VocalsAmy Grant


6 Christmas Hymn

PianoMichael W Smith
HornTom McAninch
PercussionVictor Feldman
VocalsAmy Grant


7 Love Has Come

BassMike Brignardello
DrumsPaul Leim
GuitarJon Goin
PianoShane Keister
SynthesizerMichael W Smith
PercussionFarrell Morris
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsTamara Champlin
Background VocalsCarmen Twillie
VocalsAmy Grant


8 Sleigh Ride

BassMike Brignardello
DrumsPaul Leim
GuitarJon Goin
SynthesizerMichael W Smith
SynthesizerShane Keister
BellsPaul Leim
GlockenspielFarrell Morris
PercussionFarrell Morris
Background VocalsEdie Lehmann
Background VocalsSandy Hall
Background VocalsDebbie Hall
VocalsAmy Grant


9 The Christmas Song

BassMike Brignardello
DrumsPaul Leim
GuitarJon Goin
PianoShane Keister
PercussionFarrell Morris
Background VocalsEdie Lehmann
Background VocalsSandy Hall
Background VocalsDebbie Hall
VocalsAmy Grant


10 Heirlooms

BassMike Brignardello
DrumsPaul Leim
GuitarJon Goin
PianoShane Keister
VocoderMichael W Smith
VocalsAmy Grant


11 A Mighty Fortress/ Angels We Have Heard On High

HornTom McAninch
VocalsAmy Grant

Other Musicians

Choir – Hollywood Presbyterian Choir (Tracks 2, 6, 11)
Strings – The Martyn Ford Orchestra (Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
Horn – The Martyn Ford Orchestra (Tracks 2)
Horns – The Nashville Contemporary Brass Quintet (Tracks 5, 6, 11)
Woodwind – The Martyn Ford Orchestra (Tracks 2, 6, 10)

Liner Notes

Producer – Brown Bannister
Concertmaster – Gavyn Wright (Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
Directed By – Fred Bock (Tracks 2, 6, 11)
Engineer – Jack Joseph Puig
Engineer (Assistant) – Jerry Mahler, Kevin Burns, Rich Markovitz, Steve Ford, Daniel Garcia, David Schober
Engineer (Additional) – Jim Baird, Brent King, Gene Eichelberger, Michael C Ross, Ken Corlew
Mastered By – Doug Sax
Mixed By – Jack Joseph Puig

Art Direction – Dennis Hill
Cover – Michael Blanton, Dan Harrell
Photography – Bill Farrell, Michael Borum

Mastered At The Mastering Lab
Recorded At Caribou Ranch, Nederland, CO
Recorded At Sound Stage Studios, Nashville, TN
Recorded At Oceanway Studios, Hollywood, CA
Recorded At Mama Jo’s Recording, North Hollywood, CA
Recorded At Bullet Recording, Nashville, TN
Recorded At Woodland Sound Studios, Nashville, TN
Recorded At Schnee’s Studio, North Hollywood, CA
Recorded At Air Studios, London
Recorded At CBS, London