The Christmas spirit is alive and well in the music business this year, with more than twenty new releases in the Christian market—some of them late arrivals from 2006, but we haven't even included everything that's available for 2007. The phrase "something for everyone" has never been more applicable: pop, rock, classical, gospel, country, jazz, and however you want to define Mannheim Steamroller as. It's been a while since we've seen so many big names release Christmas projects within the last year, some releasing albums of all-new material, some releasing collections of old-favorites, and some simply releasing short EPs. It's an amazing testament to the many different styles with which we can celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and the profound impact God's gift of love has had on the world.

Yolanda Adams | Aly & AJ | Jim Brickman | Keith L. Cooper
Diamond Rio | Jars of Clay | Josh Groban | Scott Krippayne
Mandisa | Mannheim Steamroller | Leigh Nash | Bebo Norman
Ginny Owens | Over the Rhine | David Phelps | Relient K
Michael W. Smith | Randy Travis | Jaci Velasquez | Vickie Winans
Bethlehem Skyline | Love's Holiday: A Gospel Christmas
Songs4Worship: Christmas | WoW Gospel Christmas

Yolanda Adams

What a Wonderful Time (Columbia/Integrity)
Soul/gospel pop

Yolanda Adams is a soul diva, so it's no wonder she treats What a Wonderful Time—her second Christmas album and first for Columbia Records—as a soul album. That may disappoint her gospel fanbase, but it's a joy for those who love to see Adams kick back, relax, and do something more befitting her inner urban songstress. Not as carol-oriented as her first yuletide offering, the disc favors original material over traditional numbers, but that's not a problem in ...

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