New Songs for Christmas 2018!
One might think it would be easy to write a new Christmas song, but in fact the opposite is true; many great songwriters have been stymied by the world’s most powerful source material. Every year brings a few new contenders, and once in a while a gem breaks through; consider for example Lauren Daigle’s “Light of the World” and Chris Tomlin’s “Noel,” two tracks receiving repeated airplay in 2018. This year’s crop of new Christmas songs includes everything from brand new compositions to new arrangements of old material. We wish you a blessed Christmas season, filled with hope, love, joy and peace!
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Chris Croeze ~ Hallelujah (Christmas)
Leonard Cohen’s song has received a number of reworking over the years, none as popular as the Christmas version. Caleb and Kelsey’s rendition is currently on the charts, but we prefer this understated version, recorded at home by a singer who would go on to make the Top 10 on The Voice. Recorded only four days before last Christmas, the song didn’t have much a shot ~ but this year, with lead time, it’s a different story.
Stars Go Dim ~ Christmas Is Here
This power pop track is joyful and upbeat, even if Christmas isn’t quite here yet. When the choir enters midway through the track, the energy is raised to an even higher level.
Shane & Shane (feat. Dinah Wright) ~ Winter Snow
Audrey Assad’s amazing winter song first attracted the attention of Chris Tomlin, who accompanied her on an earlier version. This year the honor falls to Dinah Wright, who turns in a stunning version that sounds like a blanket of white.
Hannah Kerr ~ Emmanuel
Hannah Kerr released this beautiful single last year, but it’s just been included on the full album Christmas Eve in Bethlehem. If you like “Emmanuel,” you’ll also enjoy the title track!
Matt Maher ~ Hope for Everyone
Last year, we were enjoying Matt’s Christmas song “Glory.” Now that song and others have been collected on a new album titled The Advent of Christmas. Our favorite new track is “Hope for Everyone,” but we also recommend “Born on that Day.” Some of us were able to meet Matt a few years ago, and he’s even more gracious in person than he is in his music!
Kayla Stockert ~ On the Brighter Side
Most of us have seen the 2018 Starbucks Peppermint Mocha commercial. But what many people don’t know is that the singer is also a barista at Sayville Starbucks! We are so happy for Kayla’s success, and she’s been making us happy with this ebullient Christmas song. Read her full story here.
Sarah Reeves ~ Feelin’ Like Christmas
Earlier this year, up-and-coming songstress Sarah Reeves had a breakthrough hit with “Details.” This season, she’s returned with a catchy Christmas song. Warning: these fa-la-las may get stuck in your head! The track is taken from the EP Let It Snow.