Artist: Paul Baloche
Album: Christmas Worship, Vol. 2
Label: Integrity Music
Paul Baloche has been writing songs, leading worship, and impacting the kingdom around the globe for decades. Few worship artists have the length and depth of career influence that mark Paul’s ministry. As a result, there are thousands of fans and followers of his music in hundreds of countries and his songs are being sung in multiple languages by congregations and individuals on all four corners of the globe.
All those who know and love Paul Baloche will be celebrating this Christmas in fresh ways, as a result of his brand new Christmas album, Christmas Worship, Vol.2, brought to us by the great team at Integrity Music. This second generation release is a unique and powerful worship experience, filled with brilliant arrangements of treasured carols, best-loved Baloche worship songs, new Christmas anthems, and a host of cameo appearances by many of Baloche’s worship artist friends, including All Sons & Daughters, Kathryn Scott, Onaje Jefferson, Lenny LeBlanc, and Madison Cunningham.
One of the most endearing aspects of this project is the presence of several glistening medleys/pairings of traditional carols with artistic treatments of several of Paul’s most popular worship songs. Some of my favorite of these couplings include Angels From the Realms of Glory/Emmanuel, For Unto Us A Child Is Born/Open the Eyes of My Heart, and The First Noel/Above All.
The standout new Christmas anthem on this project is Newborn King. This potent and infectious new worship song is certain to be sung by churches for years to come! This moment is truly worth the purchase of the album. Don’t miss the blessing here!
Equally as engaging is the new Christmas hymn, When Love Crossed Over. This lyric has been crafted with exceptional care and skill. I look for choirs and congregations to add this tune to their annual canon of songs of Christian faith for generations to come.
The album has been magnificently produced. The robust and passionate sound that Paul’s fans expect and enjoy has been complemented by subtle hints of the sounds of the season. Epic guitar landscapes, punchy drums, swaddling strings, wistful backing vocals, and tinkling sleigh bells all find a perfect home in the backdrop behind Paul’s stellar lead vocals.
This album has taken the spot of my favorite new Christmas album this year! I hope you’ll join me in adding this incredible project to your personal collection. I encourage all of my worship leading friends to visit lifewayworship.com and download the charts for this album- start singing these fantastic arrangements and songs this year!
Craig Adams, a recipient of multiple Dove Awards, has produced and/or participated in more than 3,500 recordings for artists, record labels, music publishers, tv/film, and radio over the past 35 years. In addition, his vast experience in music production, local church worship ministry, and musical direction for live events, along with his work at Lifeway Worship, gives him the talent, experience, and credibility to not only listen, but really hear, what each album delivers to the listeners.