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18 amazing Christian Christmas albums for 2018

  With so much Christmas music out there (both Christian and secular), we thought it would be nice to compile a selection of some of our favorite Christian Christmas albums and songs. We have included a real mix of genres and musical styles so we're sure there'll be something in there for you - and maybe you'll even find some new Christmas favorites this year!
  And we will be updating this list with new releases every week until Christmas 2018 so do check back for updates as the season gets underway...

1. Matt Redman -
These Christmas Lights (Genre: Worship)

  It's been a while since a top worship artist has released a full length album of original Christmas music and Atlanta artist Matt Redman's Christmas album has been a long process involving a songwriting retreat to Israel where he walked paths and roads that are so familiar to us in the Christmas story. Redman explains: "I don't just want to just tell a story, I want to make sure that we put ourselves in the story too." Not only do these songs make great Christmas listening but Matt's Christmas album brings some new life to familiar carols with songs and original choruses for use in Christmas worship services as well.

2. Tenth Avenue North -
Decade The Halls, Vol. 1 (Genre: Various)

  It's fair to say that Tenth Avenue North had fun creating their Christmas release this year... and how creative they have been. In their 10-track Christmas album, they explore the styles and genres of music over the last 100 years, with each song encompassing a different decade. This is definitely one of the most musically absorbing Christmas releases we have seen in a long time, and we are thankful!

3. Pentatonix -
A Pentatonix Christmas (Genre: Vocal)

  We couldn't let this year slip by without giving giving O Come Let Us Adore Him a mention from this Pentatonix's Christmas album. Definitely the most fun and creative version of this traditional carol we have heard. This song is sure to add some joy to your holiday playlist!

NEW FOR 2018! 4. Lauren Daigle -
Behold (DELUXE): A Christmas Collection
Genre: Christmas

  If it's a remaking of Christmas classics that you are after - then check out Grammy-nominated and Dove award-winning artist Lauren Daigle's Deluxe Christmas offering this year. From well-loved classics to carols - there is something for everyone on this album. We have loved Daigle's previous Christmas releases and are excited that she continues to bring more to the table. She's the hottest Christian artist on the planet right now with a new #1 CD.

5. Josh Garrels -
The Light Came Down (Genre: Alternative)

  A typically innovative album from Josh Garrels, featuring a mix of original songs as well as Garrels' unique take on a number of Christmas classics. Generous in length at over 50 minutes and 15 tracks, the album manages to explore many sonic and stylistic avenues and as such avoids becoming repetitive: The Light Came Down is definitely worth a listen to this Christmas season!

6. Salt Of The Sound - Waiting For The Dawn (Genre: Electronic / Ambient)

  Waiting For The Dawn is our first Advent / Christmas EP and centers around the theme of light, which is echoed in different ways across all of the songs, and features heavily in the Advent traditions of Nordic countries. The EP combines these Scandinavian influences with an focus on natural soundscapes, as well as featuring the unique blend of electronic synths, subtle vocal harmonies, and thoughtful lyrical messages that have been a feature of previous releases.
  And rumor has it that Salt Of The Sound are set to release a new advent EP in 2019 - you heard it here first!

NEW FOR 2018! 7. Matt Maher -
The Advent Christmas (Genre: Worship)

  Matt Maher releases his first Christmas album in 2018 and the stand out track is definitely his version of Atlantan Chris Tomlin's He Shall Reign Forever More. Other notable tracks include his reworking of his previously released Glory (Let There Be Peace.' Includes Always Carry You featuring Amy Grant. At the same time, Matt also releases a Christmas children's book with the same title.

8. Audrey Assad - Winter
Genre: Alternative / Ambient

  Audrey Assad's original song Winter Snow changes the pace of our hectic modern day Christmas and allows us to reflect on the gentle way in which He came "Falling from the sky in the night to the earth below". This release comes alongside another track: Midwinter - her take on In The Bleak Midwinter and while Audrey is yet to make a full Christmas album for us, we can always hope and enjoy these winter offerings in the mean time.

9. Casting Crowns -
It's Finally Christmas (Genre: CCM)

  It's been 9 years since Atlanta's Casting Crowns gave us their first Christmas Album - Peace On Earth - and that album remains a seasonal favorite in our household. So the announcement that they would give us a new Christmas release came as exciting news, but they also had a lot to live up to. We love the worshipful remaking of What Child Is This (Christ The King, and the personal and hope-giving Somewhere In Your Silent Night - which echoes some of their older releases which remain favorites in our hearts.

10. Future of Forestry -
Advent-Christmas EP, Vol 3 (Genre: Alternative

  If you are after something a little bit different this year, then you must check out the latest Christmas EP from Future of Forestry. Unique and distinctive instrumentation are blended with vocal harmonies and in such a way that this Christmas EP creates a real sense of reverence during this advent season. Following on from their first two advent EPs, Volume 3 really achieves what it set out to: to glorify and honor God through music during this joyous and holy season.

11. Sara Groves -
O Holy Night (Genre: Singer / Songwriter)

   Released in 2008, this album is not new on the Christian Christmas music scene but it is one of the few original Christmas albums out there and continues to hold its own when it comes to Christian Christmas music. From beautiful re-workings of old Christmas favorites to Sara Groves' own down-to-earth songs including the heartfelt To be with you and the slightly-crazy-but-everyone-can-relate-to-this Toy packaging. There is something for everyone on this album.

12. For King & Country -
Into the Silent Night (EP) (Genre: CCM)

  This four track EP, released in 2013 by For King & Country, delivers everything you would expect from this band with big sounds developing from well orchestrated arrangements. Their original song Baby Boy is worth a listen, as are the other three songs on this Christmas EP.

NEW FOR 2018 13. Hillsong Worship -
The Peace Project (Deluxe) (Worship)

  Hillsong Worship are not the only Christian artist to release a deluxe version of their Christmas album in 2018. Containing several reimagined and instrumental versions of nearly every track, they provide us with some interesting contemporary versions of Christmas classics and worship songs for the church. We particularly like their version of Silent Night.

14. Various Artists -
Christmas: Joy to the World (Genre: Various)

  This short compilation album by Centricity Music stand-out original Christmas tunes including Dove Award Winner Lauren Daigle's original version of Light of the World. Also noteworthy on this album is Unspoken's rendition of the Spanish Christmas Song Feliz Navidad as you have never heard it before - this one is definitely worth a listen this Christmas.

15. Bryan & Katie Torwalt -
Christmas (Genre: Worship)

  This 2017 4-track EP is the first we have heard from the duo in a Christmas setting and while short, they create beautiful renditions of classics including It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas. The final track Emmanuel (God With Us) is the only original song on the album and it is more in keeping with the worship sound we know them for. This concise EP is a great offering for this and many more Christmas seasons to come!

16. Donnie McClurkin -
Hark The Herald Angels Sing (Genre: Gospel)

  Without a doubt, this is my favorite version of this song! Donnie McClurkin brings to life this traditional carol through his soulful gospel version. The use of saxophone and Hark the Herald choral reprise at the end of the track are just magic to the ears. Whatever your preconceptions or thoughts of this song - you need to give this one a go!

17. Cathy Burton - In The Bleak of MidWinter
(All I Can Do( (Genre: Acoustic)

  All I Can Do is a reworked version of In the Bleak Midwinter. It was released in association with Home For Good, which is a UK-based charity that seeks to find homes for all children, in a world where thousands of refugee children face displacement and homelessness. The song reminds us of an often overlooked aspect of the Christmas story: the Jesus himself was a child refugee and through this reminder, urges us to respond.

18. Casting Crowns -
Peace On Earth (Genre: Worship)

  Released in 2008, this is another Christian Christmas album which is beginning to stand the test of time despite the band having since released another Christmas album. Atlanta-based Casting Crowns have firmly put their stamp on this selection of Christmas worship songs. Beautifully arranged and executed, the Casting Crowns Christmas album is undoubtedly one which will be around in households across the globe for many Christmases to come.

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The Best New Secular Christmas Music For 2018

Various artists, Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Martina McBride, It's the Holiday Season

David Archuleta, Winter in the Air

Pentatonix - Christmas Is Here

Gwen Stefani, You Make It Feel Like Christmas (Deluxe Edition)

John Legend - A Legendary Christmas

Various Artists, Songbird: Voices of Christmas

The Monkees, Christmas Party

Nat "King" Cole, The Christmas Song (Expanded Edition)

Eric Clapton, Happy Xmas

Aaron Watson,
An Aaron Watson Family Christmas

William Shatner, Shatner Claus

PJ Morton, Christmas with PJ Morton

Various Artists -
NOW That's What I Call Merry Christmas

Jess & Gabriel - I'll Be Home

Ingrid Michaelson,
Ingrid Michaelson's Songs For The Season


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Released Christian Christmas albums
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 Joy: The Ultimate Christmas Celebration
Various Artists

Top 25 Classic Christmas: Silent Night
Maranatha! Music

(October 19)

Christmas Eve
In Bethlehem

Hannah Kerr

It Must Be Christmas
David Phelps

Something's Happening:
A Christmas Album

CeCe Winans

A Motown
Gospel Christmas

Various Artists

(October 26)

The Table: A Christmas Worship Gathering
Darlene Zschech,
Hope UC

(November 2)

Have Yourself A Merry
Little Christmas /
Silent Night

Riley Clemmons

(November 4)

Christmas won't be Christmas
Word and Life Worship

Christmas Is All About You EP
Mallary Hope

(November 9)

Winter Wilderness - EP
August Burns Red

Come And Adore EP
Lifepoint Worship

Let It Snow EP
Sarah Reeves

Christmas Is Here EP
Stars Go Dim

Little Drummer Boy (Rewrapped)

(November 16)

This Christmas (Live) (Single)
Koryn Hawthorne

 Ring The Bells EP
North Point InsideOut

A Worship Initiative Christmas, Vol. 2
Shane & Shane

Christmas Together
Caleb + Kelsey

Christmastime Is Here EP
Marc Martel

(November 23)

Christmas. Vol. 2

A Winter's Carol
The Nelons

BFA Christmas
Brian Free & Assurance

A Visible Christmas -
Vol 7

Various Artists

(December 7)

Christmas Vinyl
Francesca Battistelli



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