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Christmas Is Here [edit]
by Brandon Heath | Genre: Pop/Rock | Release Date: October 15, 2013
 

Brandon Heath, beloved male vocalist and award-winning songwriter, releases his first Christmas album on October 15th, 2013. Featuring newly recorded classics including "O Little Town Of Bethlehem," "Away In A Manger," "Silent Night," and many more, Brandon also offers THREE brand new original songs: "The Day After Thanksgiving," "Just A Girl," and "Momma Wouldn't Lie To Me." This special collection combining both new and nostalgic favorites is sure to brighten the Christmas season.

Track Listing
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01. The Day After Thanksgiving
02. Momma Wouldn't Lie To Me
03. Just A Girl
04. O Come All Ye Faithful/Angels We Have Heard On High
05. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
06. In the Bleak Midwinter
07. Away In A Manger
08. Silent Night
09. The Christmas Song
10. Go Tell it on the Mountain

Entry last edited by MarcusHathcock_NRT on 09.23.13

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An Unconventional Christmas | Posted December 02, 2013

Call him old fashioned, but Dove Award winning CCM mainstay Brandon Heath fancies Christmas much like the high-class department store Nordstrom. He is more than happy to indulge in all things marry and bright... just as long as it's after Thanksgiving. 

So you can imagine how strange it must have been for the self-proclaimed holiday purist (who by the way, has proudly coined the hashtag #ChristmasIsntHereYet over on his Twitter account), to have spent most of the summer recording his first seasonal record, ironically titled Christmas Is Here

While I can't say I agree much with his stern timeframe on the holiday—you're talking to the girl who would proudly display her tree and lights in September if culturally acceptable—the one thing we do agree on is our love for the old, vinyl-like nostalgia Christmas music should bring to the table. A purist he is, but a traditional one at best. 

With tradition in mind, it's only natural that the talented songwriter would delve deep into the roots of some old school classics on his first holiday outing, as well as penning a few new trademark Brandon Health-style original tunes. 

"The Day After Thanksgiving" solidifies his outspoken stance on waiting till December to celebrate the holiday by poking fun at the Christmas commercialism that starts at the end of Summer. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't something downer to use this as the opening track for a Christmas album, but it serves for a good laugh nonetheless.

Shinier classics such as "O Little Town Of Bethlehem," "Away In A Manger" and "Go Tell It On The Mountain"—featuring the rustic vocal stylings of Gospel group The Isaacs—rekindle the tender spirit of the holiday, while a twinkling rendition of Nat King Cole's all-too covered classic "The Christmas Song" is enough to make you drop what you're doing and start decking the halls.

Pulling a gem from the trenches of obscurity, "In The Bleak Midwinter" become Heath's Americana nod to an overlooked Christmas tune of old, his signature vocals singing out the time-honored lyrics. 

"Just A Girl" serves as one of the original songs he penned for the project. Taking creative liberty regarding the story surrounding Jesus' birth, he fashions the innkeepers' decision to keep Mary and Joseph from going inside the inn to that of having a reputation to keep, only to regret his decision later. It's an interesting perspective, and while some may say it's a tad controversial, it sure does offer something to chew on outside the usual warm and fuzzy holiday tune. 

Once more bringing his hysterically unique point-of-view to the table, "Mama Wouldn't Lie To Me" tells the tale of his childhood woes regarding his belief in Santa Claus. Another one of Heath's time-honored traditions is that parents should never lie to their kids about Santa. I'll allow you to listen to the song for yourself to see how his story ends.  

The album closes on a triumphantly grand note with the ageless "O Come All Ye Faithful/Angels We Have Heard On High" medley, which sounds like it was ripped directly from the pages of a brassy Broadway musical.

Closing Thoughts:
If I had to sum up Christmas Is Here in one word, it would be "unconventional." Then again, I don't think Brandon Heath ever strives for convention, as much as he does honesty, and that you'll certainly find here. Filled with Christmas classics and the occasional holiday hot-topic, this is a CD that is sure to please fans of the singer/songwriter, as well as any who might be looking for something a bit more out-of-the-box this holiday season.

Song To Download Now:
"The Christmas Song" (Get it on iTunes here.)



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Bromie (2)
Rated 5 Stars

Definitely worth adding to Christmas collection | Posted December 21, 2013

Recently downloaded Brandon Heath's Christmas is Here and it is definitely worth it! I am really enjoying every song.  The more I listen the more I like it.  Usually when I download an entire album I an inclined to skip one or two songs but this is not the case here.  Every song is good.  'Momma wouldn't lie to me" is reminiscent of Harry Connick Jr and is just a fun song.  "O Little Town of Bethlehem" is a song I normally would be inclined to skip over but I like how it sounds on this album.  The last song on the album "O Come All Ye Faithful/Angels We Have Heard On High" is awesome and just leaves me wanting more...



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plinka (2)
Rated 3.5 Stars

Nice mix of new and classic Christmas songs | Posted December 13, 2013

As a lover of Christmas music, I really enjoy it when a Christian Artists add new spins to old songs, but I also enjoy the classics.  I find this album has a nice blend. 

Although I was not blown away with any one song, Brandon's smooth voice makes this album perfect for a night by the fireplace with a hot cocoa in hand.  (After all your Christmas shopping is done, so you can enjoy it).  Overall, his style is sort of folk ala Dan Fogerty.  In one word, smooth.

My favorite song on the album is "Momma Wouldn't Lie to Me" which I just purchased on iTunes.  A little bit folksy, I enjoy a good story and the tune is quite catchy.  "Just a girl", about the Christmas eve story, is listed as the most popular on iTunes and is also quite wonderful as well.

Over all, this album is a nice blend of new and old, and you won't be disappointed and will make a nice addition to any Christmas music collection.



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ofytube (160)
Rated 5 Stars

Christmas Is Here | Posted December 13, 2013

You really should buy the debut Christmas album, Christmas Is Here by Brandon Heath. This worshipper will make you praise with his songs. And you really need to listen to his music. Let's adore Him!



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