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When Christmas Comes [edit]
by Kim Walker-Smith | Genre: Praise & Worship | Release Date: October 23, 2014

Kim Walker-Smith's latest full-length album, When Christmas Comes, rings in the holiday season packed with 17 Christmas classics. Drawing from hits such as "I'll Be Home For Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland" to the sacred carols including "The First Noel" and "Away In A Manger", Kim powerfully delivers a timeless collection that will no doubt become a household staple for years to come.

Joined by acclaimed producer Jeremy Edwardson and backed by a full string ensemble, Kim's unforgettable, soaring vocal swims in a sea of vibrant, cinematic soundscape. Known as one of the most influential worship leaders of our time, Kim Walker-Smith delivers this Christmas collection in a way reminiscent of the classic renditions we've come to love while offering a new, fresh and creative sound that's really something all her own. This is an album you won't want to miss this holiday season!

Track Listing
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01. Tell Me the Story of Jesus
02. Silent Night
03. Angels We Have Heard On High
04. It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas
05. I'll Be Home For Christmas
06. The First Noel
07. Away in a Manger
08. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
09. Let It Snow
10. O Come O Come Emmanuel
11. O Come All Ye Faithfull
12. O Holy Night
13. Carol of the Bells
14. Winter Wonderland
15. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
16. White Christmas
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17. The Christmas Song

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Tradition With a Twist | Posted November 19, 2014
When it comes to Christmas music, Christian artists are usually not the first place I look. I enjoy the classics as sung by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and the smooth baritone of Bing Crosby. So when I listened to the new offering from Kim Walker-Smith of Jesus Culture, When Christmas Comes, I was very pleasantly surprised.

Walker-Smith offers a combination of classic Christmas carols such as "Silent Night," "The First Noel" and "O Holy Night" along with what I would deem Christmas favorites like "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "White Christmas."

An interesting addition to a Christmas collection is the Franny Crosby hymn, "Tell Me The Story Of Jesus." The song is tender and worshipful, and Walker-Smith clearly delivers the gospel up front in the album, speaking of the birth, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus right from the start. It is not a hymn I hear very often, but it is perfectly placed as the introduction to this collection of songs.

The only miss for me on this album was "Carol of the Bells." Call me a "Carol of the Bells" snob if you want, but after hearing The Trans-Siberian Orchestra version and David Foster's arrangement, I just feel it is a song that should be treated with a large orchestral sound.

Closing Thoughts:
My favorite part of Christmas is the traditions associated with it. Yes, new traditions can be created, however, overplayed "new" Christmas songs at the expense of classics are the bane of my holiday season, and I always go back to my favorites. This album will be added to the rotation of favorites this year. Kim Walker-Smith treats the classic carols and traditional songs with care, adding just the right amount of her own flavor to the songs to make them quite worshipful.

Song to Download Now:
"O Holy Night" (Get it on iTunes here.)

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