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