When I first came to know the Lord at the young age of 19, Amy Grant was one of the first Christian recording artists I came to know and love. I played her “Age to Age” and “Unguarded” albums on repeat in my car as I grew to know and love the Lord. I would shut myself in my room and sing, “Sing Your Praise To The Lord” and “El-Shaddai” until I lost my voice.
Through the years, I’ve enjoyed listening to Amy’s albums. I loved her Christmas album, “Home For Christmas” (the only one I own) so much that I was thrilled when given the opportunity to review her newest, “Tennessee Christmas”.
Unlike any of Amy’s other Christmas albums that are packed full of traditional hymns and songs about Jesus, this album takes on a more somber, melancholy approach to Christmas. Truly, it is an album for both those in relationship with Jesus who may be struggling through a hard season, as well as for those who have not yet come to know Jesus.
The songs on this album are peaceful, reflective and cause you to stop and ponder the season. Although there are a few joyful and upbeat songs, as well as a couple of remixed hymns, most of the songs on the album found me thinking about those who feel as if they have no hope. Even though some have asked where Jesus is in this album, I believe Amy has done a marvelous job in creating something for all mankind. I love what Amy told the Detroit Free Press,
“I’ve recorded a lot of Christmas music, but I thought, what I haven’t done is to consider somebody that spends their holidays alone,” Grant said, during an interview in Nashville, Tennessee. “I want to make a record for an audience of one. I want to tell one person ‘Merry Christmas’ and I want to be willing to sit there in the sadness too.” – Amy Grant
I really enjoyed this album. I love Amy’s duet with her husband, Vince Gill of “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. Her song, “To Be Together” gets me excited about being with friends and family for the holidays. You can listen to an audio version of the song below.
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