On Day 6 of our 12 Days of Christmas with worship leader Chris Tomlin, the singer/songwriter shares about the songs that stand out to him on his debut Christmas record.
--“Joy to the World [Unspeakable Joy]”, was one of those songs where I didn’t want to come in and change too much. It’s a great song, amazing words, but I really wanted to sing some more of it. So we just added this little refrain, and that seems to have gone over pretty well.
-- I love the story of “My Soul Magnifies the Lord.” I love that it kept so much of the Isaiah scripture and also of Mary’s song. When God said, ‘you are going be the mother of the Son of God.’ I love that her response back was worship to God. She said, ‘I’m your servant. My soul, magnifies the Lord.’
And so were trying to put that to music and that is how “My Soul Magnifies the Lord” was born.
--As far as new ones we’ve written, I’m very excited about “Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground).” There’s something about it that has this sense that it’s been around for a while and that’s what I like about this song.
Chris Tomlin is also celebrating the release of his first Christmas record Glory In The Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship (10.6.09). Produced by Ed Cash, Glory In The Highest features familiar classics including "Angels We Have Heard On High," "O, Holy Night," "Joy to the World [Unspeakable Joy]," to which Tomlin wrote a new refrain, and four new songs that will be Christmas favorites for years to come. With special guests Matt Redman, Christy Nockels and singer/songwriter, Audrey Assad, the album succeeds in its purpose of transforming familiar carols into songs of worship.
For more information on Tomlin, please visit www.christomlin.com.
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