Continuing last week's article, this Worship Reflective will dive into some incredible Christmas worship albums to ring in the season.
A Drummer Boy Christmas by for KING & COUNTRY
I admit to live experience bias here as I saw this duo, for KING + COUNTRY, perform on their Christmas tour last year, which was incredible. As we prepare for their iconic season, I've been repeatedly listening to the album. Here we are today. Arguably, their most popular Christmas song, and my favorite, is "Little Drummer Boy." I recommend watching the video while listening to this song because the performance accompanying the tune is phenomenal. Traditional as this tune may be, the excitement these musicians must have felt to meet their Savior hits me every time. I'm overwhelmed with gratitude that Jesus wants to be my best friend. I pray you experience the same expectation of His presence through this record.
Joel and Luke's exceptional stage presence makes this album a unique experience. "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" and "Angels We Have Heard On High" are my favorites. "Glorious" is also mentioned here because it contains my favorite lyric, "He is the chorus to every song that we were born to sing." The Drummer Boy Christmas Tour starts soon, and tickets are still available for several cities, so these tunes may inspire you to attend.
A Jolly Irish Christmas by Rend Collective
Rend Collective is a band of friends hailing from Northern Ireland. They have been releasing music since 2010 and have a diverse collection of songs available. From Christmas music to everyday worship, they celebrate God in everything, and their Irish sound always shines through. They began as a simple experiment but have grown into an international success. They have toured with some major artists in Christian music, like Chris Tomlin, Lecrae, and Tenth Avenue North.
One of my favorite tunes from Rend Collective is "Go Tell It on the Mountain." It emanates true happiness. The whole point of Christmas is to celebrate, and joy is abundant. This month, I challenge you to let go of the cumulative stress of this year. Take some deep breaths in and out and hand it over to God. One thing I've found to be incredibly helpful is physically reaching your arms up to the sky. Of course, this may not have the same effectiveness for everyone, but I know that by acting out the surrender, my mind becomes more set on Him, and that truly is why we celebrate the season. I fully support Rend Collective's excitement about Christmas and hope you will join me in singing along to "Over the Hill and Everywhere," as they say in the song. I also adore "Today is the Savior's Day." You'll love the video, too.
From artists like Riley Clemmons to Chris Tomlin, there are many more Christmas melodies to fill up your playlists this entire holiday season. I encourage you to explore wherever you get your music; entering a new year is the perfect time to find contemporary favorite artists. Merry Christmas.
Selena Schulz is NRT’s youngest staff contributor. She loves God, music, reading, and writing.
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