Mark Schultz ‘Christmas’ Album Review
4.0 Overall Score

Label:

(Lucid Artist)

For Fans Of:

Matthew West, Michael W. Smith

We Like:

“Different Kind of Christmas”

Mark Schultz ‘Christmas’ Album Review

Mark Schultz
Christmas
(Lucid Artist)

With Mark Schultz’s celebrated career built on warm, endearing vocals, heart-tugging lyrics, and rich melodies, it seems strange that this is the artist’s first foray into releasing a full-length record of holiday tunes, aptly titled Christmas. But it’s a match made in heaven with Schultz’s signature sound leading the way through this ten-track collection of sacred and secular favorites, along with a few originals to boot.

The showstoppers are the originals of “Different Kind of Christmas” and “When Love Was Born” and, while they’ve been heard before, released by the artist a few years ago, they’re new enough to hold your attention. The former is a powerful tune and gives poignant voice to those whose grief imposes on the holiday season.

Schultz has a good time with the cover tracks as well, infusing a classic like “O Holy Night” with an almost doo-wop shuffle while “I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas” gets a timeless, jazz-inspired feel. The artist’s instrumental original “Snow In Paris” is starkly beautiful while a gospel vibe closes things out on the playful arrangement of “Little Drummer Boy.”

Filled with warmth and worship, Mark Schultz’s Christmas is a perfectly wrapped gift for this holiday season.

–Andrew Greenhalgh

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About The Author

Andrew Greenhalgh

Andrew Greenhalgh is a guy who loves music in all shapes and forms and who has a special place in his heart for CCM. He's channelled that love of music into a journeyman writing career, having work published with outlets like StereoSubversion, The Sound Opinion, CCM Magazine, and Relevant. When he's not searching out the latest and greatest song to hit the airwaves, he can be found on the sands of southwest Florida playing beach volleyball or throwing another slab of ribs on the smoker.

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