The Spirit of Christmas  (Sparrow Records)
by Michael W. Smith & Friends

FOR FANS OF: Michael McDonald, Little Big Town, Amy Grant
Rating: 5 Stars

Now four albums into his seasonal catalogue, Michael W. Smith is steadily becoming the king of Christmas music; and this highly anticipated duets disc continues in his grand tradition. While his stirring piano centerpieces and lush orchestrations are top attractions, so is a guest list that boasts Amy Grant, Carrie Underwood, Michael McDonald, Lady Antebellum, Vince Gill and even spoken-word contributions from U2’s Bono. Like its title suggests, this enchanting album is destined to get fans of Christian, country, pop and all-around classic Christmas music instantly in the mood.
– Andy Argyrakis

WE LIKE: “Christmas Day” featuring Jennifer Nettles


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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, and 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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