I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day - Casting Crowns, Calkin, John Baptis
O Come All Ye Faithful - Casting Crowns, Hall, Mark
Joy to the World - Casting Crowns, Hall, Mark
While You Were Sleeping [Original Christmas Version] - Casting Crowns, Hall, Mark
Silent Night - Casting Crowns, Gruber, Franz S.
God Is with Us - Casting Crowns, Kirkpatrick, Wayne
Away in a Manger - Casting Crowns, Kirkpatric, William
Christmas Offering - Casting Crowns, Baloche, Paul
Sweet Little Jesus Boy - Casting Crowns, MacGimsey, Robert
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel [Instrumental] - Casting Crowns, Traditional
2008 release of Peace On Earth by Casting Crowns. Following the highly successful The Altar and The Door album and tour, Grammy Award-winning group Casting Crowns release its first Christmas record. Known for its life-cha... more »nging ministry of renewal and discipleship, Casting Crowns continues that mission with an album of songs dedicated to the meaning behind this holy season.Casting Crowns has received an American Music Award and 20 GMA Dove Awards collectively between band and lead-singer Mark Hall.« less
2008 release of Peace On Earth by Casting Crowns. Following the highly successful The Altar and The Door album and tour, Grammy Award-winning group Casting Crowns release its first Christmas record. Known for its life-changing ministry of renewal and discipleship, Casting Crowns continues that mission with an album of songs dedicated to the meaning behind this holy season.Casting Crowns has received an American Music Award and 20 GMA Dove Awards collectively between band and lead-singer Mark Hall.
Rachel S. (RSHENK) from MIFFLIN, PA Reviewed on 1/31/2012...
LOVE this CD...my favorite Christmas music!
Theresa L. from BRISTOL, CT Reviewed on 8/15/2010...
Beautiful Christmas music!!
Raquel H. from LEWISVILLE, TX Reviewed on 12/29/2009...
I loved this CD! Moving lyrics paired with great music!
Managed Expectations Make This a Good Christmas CD
Mark Baker | Santa Clarita, CA United States | 10/10/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I heard Casting Crowns was releasing a Christmas CD, I couldn't wait. I love their music for taking the familiar and making me look at it in a fresh way. So when I got this CD I was a little disappointed with the play list. It is mostly familiar carols. But once I started listening to it, that feeling went away.
Yes, the familiar carols are here and are plentiful. Yet they sound beautiful. There are gorgeous harmonies on "O Come All Ye Faithful." The guitar is fun on "Joy to the World." "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" gets a new melody. With a string background, it sounds like a lullaby. And the instrumental version of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" is absolutely breathtaking. It is written for violin but the interplay between it and the piano (and to a lesser extent the orchestra) is haunting.
Only one song on here is truly new. "Christmas Offering" is a praise song, and I truly enjoy it. I've only heard "God is with Us" recorded one other place, by Amy Grant on the Gloria project. This version doesn't stray far away from the original. In fact, it is sung entirely by one of the female members of the group.
And that brings us to "While You Were Sleeping." When I first heard them sing it on LIFESONG, I thought it sounded like a Christmas song. Apparently, it originally was. The only change here is the second verse. Instead of going to Jerusalem, it focuses on the hardships of Mary and the baby that first night. The song sounds the same. And it includes the third verse that focuses on America. I'm still not a fan of that verse, but I have softened to it some over the years.
But I've saved the best for last. The disc opens with a new melody for "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," including a new chorus sung by a boy's choir. It really makes the song come alive in a new way.
I wish they had taken the time to write a few more original tracks for this disc. But what is here is certainly enjoyable. I know I will listen to this CD for many years to come."
Best Christmas CD I've Heard
Rhonda Hanson | Reno | 11/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had heard Casting Crowns singing "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" and decided I would buy this CD just for that song. But, as expected from this great group, the other songs are wonderful, too. I will be playing this CD alot during the Christmas season and will still enjoy it after Christmas has come and gone. Even though the songs they are performing are traditional Christmas songs, they sound new, so I find myself listening to the words with new meaning. In one word, I rate this CD as "Wonderful"."
Outstanding as usual
Bobbijo Smith | Asotin, WA. | 12/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's Casting Crowns, what more is there to say? As usual this wonderful Christian band hits the mark. From the opening song "I heard the Bells on Christmas Day" to the more traditional "Joy to the World" this album is a must have. Let's face it, anything by Casting Crowns is a must have.
The first time I heard "While You were Sleeping" on the Lifesong Album I knew it was a Christmas song. It speaks of the little town of Bethleham and continues through to the USA; all sleeping while Christ was busy changing lives and saving souls. This new version speaks of the trials and hardships of Mary and the baby on that first night. Either version is an eye-opener.
One of the things that I really like about Casting Crowns is their use of orchestra. One is again treated to this wonderful music on this album. The instrumental version of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" takes your breath away. Every song on the CD has the wonderful guitar music and the outstanding blending of voices that is Casting Crowns.
Don't take my word for it, buy the CD. Buy anything by Casting Crowns and you will be a fan forever."
SavvyChris | Draper, UT USA | 02/20/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I really like Casting Crowns. This isn't one of their best cd's, nor is it a particularly good Christmas CD. Pick up one of their others instead."