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Soulful Christmas Music
Posted November 23, 2015
By CaitlinLassiter_NRT, Staff Reviewer


Danny Gokey first captured our hearts on season eight of American Idol, where he placed third in the competition. Now he's capturing our attention all over again.
 
Gokey jumped back on the scene last year with his hit "Hope In Front Of Me" and has been going strong ever since. Now Danny offers up his first holiday album, Christmas Is Here, boasting a soulful take on festive favorites to get you in the Christmas spirit.
 
"What Christmas Means To Me" opens the album with high energy and Danny's unmistakable voice, making it an enjoyable listen from the very beginning. Danny's voice also shines on his remakes of "White Christmas" and "O Holy Night," further showing that he has one of the very best vocals you'll find in music today.
 
"Christmas Is Here" and "Lift Up Your Eyes" prove to be strong original tracks among the classics. "Lift Up Your Eyes" in particular is an upbeat moment of praise that focuses on everything Christ is to us, and it's sure to become a holiday favorite in the years to come. An unusual but fitting choice for a Christmas album, Danny's version of "Give Me Jesus" is one of the best I've ever heard thanks to his impressive vocal range and the choir that completes the worshipful sound.
 
The whole album is a treat for fans, but I think most would agree with me in saying that the standout moment definitely comes in Danny's take on the Christmas standard "Mary Did You Know," which many have complimented as the best cover ever done of the popular song.
 
Closing Thoughts:
Christmas Is Here is a perfect example of how to take classic favorites and remake them into modern songs of holiday praise and worship. Also including fun and upbeat moments that will fit well as a soundtrack to your Christmas season, this album has so many elements to enjoy. Danny Gokey's remarkable voice turns anything he sings into a masterpiece, as is the case with Christmas Is Here. Easily one of the best Christmas albums this year, this is a collection of songs you absolutely need to hear this holiday season.
 
Song To Download Now:
"Mary Did You Know?" (Get it on iTunes here.)
 

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