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NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Acclaimed hymn writers and recording artists Keith & Kristyn Getty return October 18 with Joy – An Irish Christmas, a collection of modern hymns, as well as traditional carols, reels and jigs inspired by the couple’s homeland.     

Produced by Grammy Award-winner Phil Naish (Steven Curtis Chapman, Point of Grace), with orchestral arrangements by renowned composer J.A.C. Redford (Avatar, The Help), the project features the Irish Film Orchestra; Anuna, Ireland’s National Choir; and Fionan de Barra and Eileen Ivers of Broadway’s Riverdance; among numerous acclaimed musicians.

With a range of international influences, including Eastern European, Basque and American bluegrass, Joy – An Irish Christmas includes the Getty co-penned hymns “Joy Has Dawned,” “How Suddenly A Baby Cries,” “Magnificat,” “Jesus Joy of the Highest Heaven (A Children’s Carol),” “Fullness of Grace,” and “An Irish Christmas Blessing.”

In addition, the album features “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “What Child Is This?” and “Joy To The World,” among other carols, as well as the newly adapted hymn “O Savior of Our Fallen Race” and the Irish-influenced “Miss Eliza’s Reel,” "The Greengrass Reel,” “Tom Innes Jig” and “Narnian Reel.”

“So much of what inspires us to write hymns actually finds its origin in carols even more than traditional hymns,” says Keith Getty. “There is such enjoyment and excitement in celebrating the most improbable thing that is the incarnation of God on earth.  In this season, bringing the Good News in the form of music is also an opportunity to offer a glimpse of what Christmas in Ireland is like for us.”   

“There has been a deepening in our understanding of Christmas since our daughter Eliza Joy was born earlier this year,” Kristyn Getty states.  “We have been so struck by the vulnerability and helplessness of a little baby in a way that has grown our wonder in the humble coming of Christ.  And our own love for our child has brought a fresh understanding to all the relationships involved in the Gospel narrative: Mary's love for her Son, God's love for His Son, and God's love for the world.”

The couple’s critically acclaimed 2007 stateside debut, In Christ Alone, featured the Celtic-flavored title-cut co-penned by Keith Getty and acclaimed British songwriter Stuart Townend; an instant classic that has been recorded by numerous artists and quickly taken root in churches around the globe.  Awaken The Dawn, the Gettys’ 2009 follow-up, further established their modern hymns to audiences both in the U.S. and abroad.  They have shared their music at Franklin Graham crusades, the GMA Dove Awards, and performances at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall, among other noted platforms and international tours.      

Joy – An Irish Christmas will be released and distributed by Gettymusic.  For further information, visit www.gettymusic.com