Nashville resident Amy Grant is famous for being a Contemporary Christian artist who has earned numerous number one hits, Grammys and other awards, while blending the Christian, pop, and rock music genres. My favorite Amy Grant album, though, is her second Christmas LP, Home for Christmas. The collection of songs included on this 1992 release are timeless and good enough to listen to any time of year.
Many of the tunes found on Home for Christmas will be familiar to anyone who listens to the “lite rock” radio stations playing Christmas music every December. The most popular track is probably “Grow-Up Christmas List,” which describes an adult’s wish for peace instead of material gifts. Another seasonal radio staple is Grant’s version of “The Night Before Christmas,” a great pop song highlighted by a children’s choir singing in the background.
Other standout tracks include standards like “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Winter Wonderland.” One of my favorites, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” begins like a country-influenced version of the classic Brenda Lee arrangement. Once the harmonies begin to shine, however, it becomes pop perfection, like something that might have been taken from a Carpenters release.
The most moving song on the album is “Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song),” which tells the story of Mary asking for God to watch over her as she approaches the birth of Jesus. With this release following closely behind Grant’s extremely successful Heart in Motion album, “Breath of Heaven” is the perfect bridge between the pop and Christmas genres.
I definitely recommend Amy Grant’s Home for Christmas to anyone who enjoys listening to Christmas music during the holidays or any time of year. Although the album is now 20 years old, it still sounds great and never sounds stale to me. If this is not in your collection yet, go ahead and buy yourself an early Christmas present.