Paul Baloche - Christmas Worship Live

Published Tuesday 10th December 2013
Paul Baloche - Christmas Worship Live
Paul Baloche - Christmas Worship Live

STYLE: Pop
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 145680-21387
LABEL: Integrity 52782
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2013-10-28
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

Although award-winning US worship artist Paul Baloche has had a long and fruitful career, his latest release marks his first ever Christmas project. As the title suggests, Baloche has chosen to introduce a praise element to Christmas music and therefore carols such as "Hark The Herald Angels Sing", "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Joy To The World" are augmented by sections containing new melodies and lyrics to give a contemporary worship feel to proceedings. Original numbers like "What Can I Do" (co-written with Graham Kendrick) and a yuletide version of the Baloche stalwart "Your Name" offer up something new whilst the decision to share vocal duties on "This Is Love" (Kathryn Scott), "Follow That Star" (Aaron Shust) and "Prepare Him Room" (written by Baloche's wife Rita and sung by Jennifer Holm) all help to make this a varied release that pushes Christmas music forward whilst acknowledging the genre's glorious past.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Hark The Herald Angels Sing, King Of Heaven [Listen]
2. O Come All Ye Faithful, We Adore You [Listen]
3. Angels Instrumental [Listen]
4. Angels We Have Heard On High [Listen]
5. Christmas Offering [Listen]
6. This Is Love [Listen]
7. Follow That Star [Listen]
8. Your Name (Christmas Version) [Listen]
9. O Come O Come Emmanuel [Listen]
10. Joy To The World, Shout For Joy [Listen]
11. Prepare Him Room [Listen]
12. What Can I Do (Christmas Version) [Listen]

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Product Description
The three-time Dove Award-winning songwriter presents his first Christmas project, appropriately titled Christmas Worship.

As a local worship leader, Paul's goal was to create a Christmas album that would minister to and resource the church with unique arrangements by combining traditional carols with modern worship. The result is an album packed with accessible Christmas songs that help create a worship environment familiar to congregants and first-time visitors alike.

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