There’s a lot of Christmas music out there! As musicians, we always love listening to the creativity of others who have come up with reworked and original songs surrounding this wonderful celebration. Maybe one day we’ll release a Christmas album of our own…
Anyway, here is are a selection of our favourite new Christmas songs and albums for 2013. Have a listen, you might be surprised!
1. Sleeping At Last – Christmas Collection
This is a truly beautiful selection of 13 Christmas songs from the excellent Sleeping At Last. Ryan O’Neal, the man behind the music, says of this release “Each year I record a Christmas cover song and give it away for free. It’s my version of a Christmas card. This has been tradition for many years now…” Not to be missed!
2. Blood:Water Mission – Give Love On Christmas
Christian Rock band Jars of Clay established Blood:Water Mission in 2005 “to empower communities to work together against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in sub-Saharan Africa.” Raising awareness of the charity, this album features a great selection of artists, including Plumb, Elenowen, Rhett Walker, and Jars of Clay themselves.
3. Josh Gilligan – Christmas EP
Also supporting Blood:Water Mission is Josh Gilligan, who has reworked four Christmas songs in his own style: from the upbeat ‘It Came Upon A Midnight Clear’ through to the more reflective ‘Away In A Manger’, this is a great EP, and comes highly recommended!
4. Anthony Skinner – Christmas Morning EP
An EP of acoustic / soft-rock songs from Anthony Skinner that would be a perfect accompaniment to a relaxed Christmas morning (or evening!) In their review of the EP, CMAddict write “Already looking for stocking stuffers or early Christmas gifts? Be sure to add this to your shopping list for the season.” Don’t miss out on this free download!
5. Shuree – Christmas Soul Unplugged
Just a couple of tracks in this free download from Shuree, but they are both beautiful renditions of great Christmas songs ‘Mary Did You Know’ and ‘Silent Night’. And if you fancy some Chistmas dubstep alongside these more chilled songs, look no further than Shuree’s Christmas Dance Remixes!
6. Folk Angel – Christmas Songs
Folk Angel explain that the band “writes and rearranges traditional Christmas songs, and through that creative process, retells the Gospel story that illuminates all things.” On this EP, they have reworked 5 songs in an authentic and enjoyable folk style, which definitely encourages a Christmas spirit in the listener!
7. Joshua & Heather – Merry Christmas EP
Our final download features three downtempo free folk Christmas songs from Josh Hilliker and Heather Hester. Beautiful vocal performances are accompanied by acoustic guitar to great effect throughout the songs. ‘Everywhere I Go’ is a particular favourite of ours.
That concludes our Christmas music recommendations for this year at least – we really do hope you enjoy these free Christmas songs and albums as much as we are :)
posted by Ben Tatlow on November 28, 2013 in Inspiration