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A Guide to 2015's Christmas Music
We give you an overview of this season's best new releases celebrating the birth of Christ.
 



Ready for some new Christmas music? Who cares if it isn't even Thanksgiving yet; the red cups are out and so are the stockings! To freshen up your holiday season soundtrack, check out these brand-new releases for Christmas 2015!

MercyMe! It's Christmas by MercyMe
Find it on iTunes here.
Award-winning, platinum-selling band MercyMe has proved over and over again that there's not a lot they can't do (and do well). Their second Christmas release (following up The Christmas Sessions) continues to prove that, bringing the perfect blend of reflection and holiday cheer. The confidence and energy that shone in most recent album Welcome to the New translates perfectly to the Christmas setting as well, making this a must-have for the holiday season.

ADORE: Christmas Songs of Worship by Chris Tomlin
Find it on iTunes here.
Chris Tomlin's second Christmas project (following up 2012's Glory in the Highest) was recorded live at the historic Ocean Way Recording Studios in Nashville-- and he invited some friends along for the ride. Lauren Daigle, All Sons & Daughters and Crowder all lend their vocals to the worshipful Christmas offering.

Christmas is Here by Danny Gokey
Find it on iTunes here.
Stand-out vocalist Danny Gokey is offering his take on Christmas classics like "White Christmas" and "Mary, Did You Know?" this year. Danny's rich, soulful voice and hope-breathing approach to his music, both heard through songs like "Hope In Front of Me" and "More Than You Think I Am," make this a collection of Christmas songs not to be missed.

God With Us by Laura Story
Find it on iTunes here.
If you're looking for something with a reverent, classic approach, Laura Story's God With Us is perfect for you. With a traditional approach to songs such as "Silent Night" and "Angels We Have Heard On High," alongside a few original offerings in Laura's signature poignant style, this album is sure to provide a soundtrack for peaceful celebration.

Christmas Worship II by Paul Baloche
Find it on iTunes here.
Acclaimed worship songwriter Paul Baloche brings something unique to the table with his dedication to focusing the season's melodies on worship. The result is his unique method of blending classic worship lyrics with classic Christmas tunes to help listeners encounter both in a new way. This second volume of Christmas Worship from Baloche continues to give listeners a unique way to recognize and worship God throughout Christmastime.

It's Almost Christmas by Jon and Valerie Guerra
Find it on iTunes here.
This album from newcomer Jon Guerra and his wife was a welcome surprise release this November. The husband and wife duo, who introduced their dynamic vocal and violin pairing to listeners across the country on the Rock and Worship Roadshow early this year, crafted this eleven song collection by choosing both classic to cover and writing four original tunes. If you've enjoyed Jon's beautiful single "Stained Glass," then you'll want to check out his take on seasonal music.

An Angel Band Christmas by Andrew Greer & Friends
Find it on iTunes here.
This DVD and CD duo, released by Lightworx and Lucid Artist, features performances, duets and conversation between Andrew Greer and fellow artists like Point of Grace, Cindy Morgan, Jaci Velasquez and Nic Gonzales. The offerings by industry veterans makes the CD a stand-out album to add to your collection, but the DVD adds a whole new dimension, featuring the filmed-for-TV segment plus almost 40 minutes of bonus footage.

Gift of Grace by Brad & Rebekah
Find it on iTunes here.
This husband and wife worship team are offering up their first Christmas release this year, aiming to assemble a Christmas collection saturated by the truth of God's grace. Their treatment of classic seasonal carols alongside a few fresh, original songs draws full attention to the arrival of Jesus as a gift from a loving, gracious God. 

Great Joy by Vernon Hill
Find it on iTunes here.
If you're looking for some gospel-flavored holiday tunes, Great Joy by Vernon Hill is a must-have this year. The blend of originals and Christmas classics are all transformed by smooth soul influences. The collection is certain to infuse joy into your celebrations this December.

Before Our King by Michael Bahn
This worshipful release from Michael Bahn aims to give worshippers easily accessible tools to express their adoration of Jesus. The single "Rejoice" is a foretaste of the project's heart, centered on joyful worship of Christ perfect for this season celebrating His birth. Michael is the worship pastor at River Valley Community Church in Oregon, which gives his songs a sound seasoned by on the ground experience in ministry.

Goin' Back to Bethlehem by Brothers McClurg
Brothers McClurg have established their sound of classic Americana across generations with their powerful, rich voices and focus on worship and intimacy with God. The latest result is their Christmas project Goin' Back to Bethlehem, which approaches both Christmas classics and some original offerings with a timeless musical approach that gives this the potential to be a staple around your home for many holidays to come. 

 

Associate Editor Mary Nikkel’s love for writing, photography, videography and rock and roll have all been bound together by her love for Jesus, leading to her role with NRT. Her favorite things include theology and Greek language studies, her math grad student husband, obscure Nashville coffee shops, all things related to the work of J.R.R. Tolkien and pushing the boundaries enacted by societal norms.

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