Faith Hill Joy To the World
- Released: September 30, 2008
- Label: Warner Bros / WEA
- 1.Joy To the World
- 2.What Child is This
- 3.Santa Claus is Coming To Town
- 4.Little Drummer Boy
- 5.O Come All Ye Faithful
- 6.Holly Jolly Christmas
- 7.Away In a Manger
- 8.O Holy Night
- 9.Winter Wonderland
- 10.Silent Night
- 11.A Baby Changes Everything
Personnel: London Oratory School Schola, Metro Voices (vocals); Dann Huff, Jerry McPherson, Tom Bukovac (guitar); Pete Hutlinger, Bryan Sutton (acoustic guitar); David Schnaufer (dulcimer); Jonathan Yudkin (celtic harp, fiddle, viola, cello); Michael Compton (mandolin); Connie Ellisor, Karen Winkelmann, Denise Baker, Carolyn Bailey, Gerald Greer, Beverly Drukker, Mary Kathryn Van Osdale, Bruce Wethey, Carl Gorodetzky, Pamela Sixfin, David Davidson , Alan Umstead, David Angell, Catherine Umstead, Cate Myer, Janet Askey (violin); Stuart Duncan (fiddle); Kristin Wilkinson, Jim Grosjean, Monisa Angell, Gary VanOsdale (viola); Julie Tanner, Sari Reist, Lynn Peithman, Anthony LaMarchina, Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen (cello); The Nashville String Machine (strings); Ann Richards (flute); Eric Rigler (tin whistle, Uilleann pipe); Lee Levine (clarinet); Bobby Taylor (oboe); Jim Lotz (bassoon); Doug Moffet, Robbie Shankle, Matt Davich, Sam Levine , Denis Solee, Buddy Skipper (saxophone); Mike Haynes , Jeff Bailey , Steve Patrick, George Tidwell (trumpet); Beth Beeson, Jennifer Krummer, Jeff Meyer , Calvin Smith (French horn); Chris Dunn, Prentiss Hobbs, Chris McDonald, Barry Green (trombone); Gilbert Long (tuba); John Gilutin (piano); Bettie Ross (organ); Jimmy Nichols, Charles Judge (keyboards); Jack Jezioro, Paul Bushnell , Craig Nelson (bass instrument); Glenn Worf (upright bass); Neil Stubenhaus (electric bass); Keith Carlock, Shannon Forrest (drums); Eric Darken, Steve Brewster, Sam Bacco, Ron Sorbo (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Allen Sides.
Arrangers: David Campbell ; Dann Huff; Faith Hill; Byron Gallimore.
The marketing department at Warner Brothers must have really wanted to get a jump on the holiday season when they released Faith Hill's 2008 Christmas album, JOY TO THE WORLD, in September. Hill's set of carols and traditional songs may not suit the late summer, but that doesn't make JOY TO THE WORLD any less of a treat. As albums like BREATHE and FIREFLIES proved, Hill has no problem crossing over to mainstream audiences, and this Christmas set (the singer's first) should strengthen that appeal. If the song selection itself isn't surprising--including the usual fare like "What Child is This," "O Come All Ye Faithful," and "Silent Night"--the arrangements are. A large orchestra, featuring brass, strings, reeds, percussion, and two different choirs, give these renditions a full, sweeping flavor reminiscent of the big bands of the 1940s and '50s. The album also includes an original single, "A Baby Changes Everything," which features one of Hill's most compelling performances.
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