- Released: July 27, 2010
- Label: Green Hill
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.This is Your Gift
- 2.Joy to the World
- 3.It Wouldn't Be Christmas (Without You)
- 5.Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
- 6.Away in a Manger
- 7.We Three Kings
- 8.We Fall Down
- 9.Coventry Carol
- 10.Awesome God
- 11.Silent Night
- 12.Positano Sunrise
- 13.Carol of the Bells [Radio Remix] - (remix)
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Christmas in Positano DVD!
This release includes a bonus DVD.
Personnel includes: John Tesh (vocals, piano); Leann Albrecht (vocals); Gary Burnette, Jerry McPherson (guitar); Jim Sitterly (violin, viola); Bobby Taylor (oboe); Mark Hill (bass); Ken Lewis, Dan Needham (drums); Kent Hooper (programming); Kim Keyes, Marshall Hall, Melodie Crittenden, Gene Miller, Nanette Bohannon (background vocals).
Recorded at Bridgeway Studio, Franklin, Tennessee.
Personnel: John Tesh (vocals, piano); Gary Burnette (guitar); David Davidson (violin, viola); The Love Sponge Orchestra (strings); Ken Lewis , Dan Needham (drums); Kent Hooper (programming); Gene Miller, Nanette Bohannon, Marshall Hall, Melodie Crittenden, Kim Keyes (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Tom Laune.
Liner Note Author: John Tesh.
Recording information: Bridgeway Studio, Franklin, TN; Ocean Way Studio, Nashville, TN.
Director: Michael Millette.
Photographer: Charles Bush.
After listening to CHRISTMAS WORSHIP, even the most cynical anti-Teshites might be hard pressed to deny that the new age superstar produces some of the most accessible and finely crafted pop available. Less a straight holiday album and more a combination Christmas/praise-and-worship record, the disc offers creative interpretations of several chestnuts and a generous helping of the same CCM fare Tesh explored on A DEEPER FAITH.
Like several of John Tesh's previous albums, CHRISTMAS WORSHIP includes a number of surprisingly strong vocal performances, most notably on the inspirational power ballad "This Is Your Gift," which recalls PIANO MAN-era Billy Joel. The rest of the album casts a wide stylistic net, featuring everything from a version of "Joy To The World" that glides over Paul Oakenfold-esque dance beats, to an interesting spoken-word piece consisting of a September 11th-related first-person essay. Though listeners looking for a traditional, light-hearted family Yuletide album may want to shop elsewhere, fans searching for a deeper holiday meaning will find a lot to explore and enjoy on CHRISTMAS WORSHIP.