All Is Calm, All Is Bright: Songs of Christmas  (Lucid Artist)
by Various Artists

FOR FANS OF: Cindy Morgan, Jaci Velasquez, Andrew Greer
Rating: 4 Stars

Several of Christian music’s biggest names representing multiple styles converge on this advent album, split between eleven classics and two new tunes. The highlight reel is essentially endless, including Melinda Doolittle and Ginny Owens’ acoustically framed “Child In The Manger,” Montell Jordan’s soulful “The First Noel” and Cindy Morgan’s piano-centered “Angels We Have Heard On High,” all tied together by cozy production continuity from Dove-nominated troubadour Andrew Greer (who also dazzles on a duet of the ageless “Ave Maria” with the incomparable Sandi Patty).
– Andy Argyrakis

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About The Author

Andy Argyrakis
Contributing Editor

Andy Argyrakis is a Chicago-based entertainment writer/photographer who appears in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Daily Journal, Concert Livewire, Hear/Say Magazine and Image Chicago (to name a few). Additional photo credits include Fuse TV, Live Nation, Nikon, Pollstar, Celebrity Access, Paste Magazine, MTV.com and Vibe.com. He’s also the author/narrator of "Access Matthews" (an audio CD tracing the career of Dave Matthews Band) and spends considerable time on tour, including outings with Arlo Guthrie, The Guess Who, Madina Lake (on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution) and Gospel Music Channel’s "Gospel Dream" (where he served as season one judge).

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