Album hopes to bring joy, peace & wonder this holiday season; ‘Joy To The World’ music video releases today
Christmastime is here! Fair Trade Services is excited to officially announce the holidays are upon us with the release of Phil Wickham's new album. Simply titled “Christmas,” the 10-song project is the follow-up to his 2011 holiday debut, “Songs For Christmas.”
“Christmas” features a rich array of 10 songs, combined with uniquely re-recorded traditional tunes as well as originals, such as "Face Of God," which he co-wrote with Shane Everett and Shane Bernard (Shane & Shane); and the radio single "This Year For Christmas," a love song penned by Wickham for his wife.
"Joy To The World (Joyful Joyful)" is slated as another single from the record.
" ‘Joy To The World’ may be my favorite song for Christmas in terms of lyrics," Wickham recently shared about covering the holiday classic. "It's just so beautifully written. There is so much joy and declaration of what God had done to enter into our darkness, bringing joy and light and peace. It's been amazing to go live into the studio and bring it to life, and envision what I always wanted it to be."
A music video was also filmed for the song, which can be viewed here.
Fans will be able to hear the songs found on “Christmas,” along with many more holiday tunes when Wickham tours with Shane & Shane this December on their annual Christmas tour. Hitting both Texas and California, their tour will follow Wickham's “Singalong Tour,” which wraps in late November. Visit his tour page for the most updated schedule.
An acoustic version of “Christmas,” which includes two bonus tracks, is also available today. This special edition is available solely on Wickham's website alongside other special items that fans can get for a limited time as part of an exclusive Christmas gift offering.
"I am legitimately pumped about this project, and I can’t believe I get to share it with you," Wickham said. "Whether you start to listen today, or you wait until Christmas Eve, I pray these songs bring joy, peace and wonder to your lives."
Wickham is, at his core, a sincere artist who writes songs and worships God using the medium of music. It is with that brush he paints images of a loving and creative God across the canvases of listeners' hearts and minds. The evidence of this gift has been apparent on all of his critically acclaimed efforts, which includes nine studio albums (including “Christmas”) and numerous live and acoustic records.
His RIAA Platinum-certified single, "This Is Amazing Grace," gave Wickham his first No. 1 at radio, increasing his influence as a gifted songwriter, artist, and worship leader when the song grew into a beloved anthem in the modern church.