Thursday, 04 October 2018 08:57
Written by Jessie Clarks
There’s something about a great Christmas album that transcends time and becomes part of the soundtrack for holiday memories for years to come. Paul Cardall has crafted such an album with his stunning new collection Christmas, his first Christmas album in 13 years. Pre-orders begin tomorrow, October 5 on Amazon , iTunes, and PaulCardall.com, with an album release date of November 2. Fans participating in the pre-order will receive "Jesus, Once of Humble Birth" in advance.
Cardall has a massive world-wide audience and is known for his expansive musical performances that encompass multiple genres, including classical crossover, contemporary Christian and new age, Cardall has earned 4 No. 1 albums on the Billboard charts, amassed more than two billion lifetime digital streams and continually earns over 25 million streams monthly. His most recent number 1 album was last week when "Sunday" hit the top of Billboard's New Age chart.
Cardall, who generally produces his own albums, this time tapped Michael W. Smith’s longtime musical director Jim Daneker as producer for the substantial project. “This is the first time in 20 years I’ve worked with a producer,” Cardall notes. “I’ve always been a fan of Michael’s music, and the opportunity to work with Jim gave me the moment to take my music to the next level.”
"When I first took this on this project I thought it would be easy because it’s a piano record," Daneker adds. "But it’s not been easy. It’s been one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done. So much hangs on every little note, every texture, every detail. We’re focused on the centerpiece, which is Paul’s piano, but ideally we made something just blossom out of that. This is one of the best-sounding, if not THE best-sounding Christmas record I’ve ever heard." Christmas was recorded at Nashville’s historic Ocean Way Studio.