Christmas Stories CD

Repeat The Sounding Joy

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Christmas Stories CD

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The Christmas Story Captured in Music

“I love Jason’s voice, his songs, most of all, his heart. This Christmas release is a Christmas gift for us all!” – Max Lucado, author of ‘Grace’.

“Christmas is coming, will you be there” – asks Jason Gray in his wonderful Christmas single, ‘Christmas Is Coming’. This unique Christmas album, ‘Christmas Stories: Repeat the Sounding Joy’, is the welcome alternative we all crave at Christmas.

With bells ringing and a foot stomping beat, the masterful songwriter has created his very own ‘Christmas musical’. Inspired by Frederick Buechner, Jason has captured each of the nativity characters in musical form, highlighting each of their journeys to Christ. The result is a highly emotive and revealing album experience to spark discussion and heighten spiritual thought.

Jason has crystallised the familiar with melody and soft acoustic tone, creating a story everyone will enjoy. A particular favourite of mine is the brave attempt to cover ‘Ave Maria’, as an ode to Mary’s courage and commitment to God. The song is a refreshing change from your average Christmas tune, unaccepted yet majestic and emotive.

If you’re looking for an alternative album for when all those modernised carols have been on repeat for too long, Jason Gray’s inspired creation will sooth your soul and enthuse spiritual thought.

Jason Gray talks about his Album: Christmas Stories

"When I decided to do a Christmas record I wondered what it would be like—what kind of Christmas record I could get really excited about? And I thought about a Gray Christmas tradition that involves one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors: “Beyond Words” by Frederick Buechner, a kind of dictionary/encyclopedia of religious words and characters that come to new life under Buechner’s observant eye."

"Every year I pull the book off the shelf and look up each of the characters who make an appearance in the Christmas story, and every year I’m so moved by the humanity of these people who find themselves unexpectedly caught up in the middle of The Greatest Story Ever Told."

"So I set out to write and record a collection of Christmas songs based on the individual characters in the story. As I got deeper into the story and the characters, though, I found myself in an intense narrative peopled with characters in the midst of great drama and crisis! The young girl who carries the secret of angels; the heartbroken young man whose fiancé is pregnant with another’s baby (will he forgive her when it’s in his power to ruin her?); the wisemen with their gifts of gold (will they give the child what he desires most, the gift of themselves?); the harried innkeeper so overwhelmed with his work that it’s hard for him to recognize the wonder on his doorstep that would make him whole."

"Yet there is great joy in the midst of this sober drama, too: the exuberance of the shepherds, wide-eyed and breathless the moment after the angels split the sky with their chorus. They are running into town with Gloria! still ringing in their ears—not entirely sure where they’re going, but what is there to do but run!—to see the newborn King. And of course there is the child himself who will make us children again and heal the world with joy."

Christmas Stories CD by Jason Gray was published by EMI in November 2012 and is our 23086th best seller. The ISBN for Christmas Stories CD is 0829619118421.

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Jason Gray weaves together the textures of acoustic pop with the sentimental feel of Christmas to create a collection of Christmas songs based on the individual characters in the nativity story.

Working with producer Cason Cooley, Gray co-writes with friends including Randall Goodgame, Andy Gullahorn, Nichole Nordeman and Joel Hanson to give the familiar words and characters new life and meaning.

Here is a collection of songs about the incarnation that will surprise, delight and give people a sense that once upon a time and a place, among men and women just like us, a baby was born who changed everything. Itís the greatest story ever told, and itís a story that we are all a part of, caught up in, and inexorably shaped by.


"Those looking for something accessible but a little more meaningful than songs about snow and sleigh bells could find a real holiday treasure in this collection." - Jesus Freak Hideout, Review

"Just like well-crafted and Spirit-filled sermons, at the end of the day, these tracks really are more than just about the Christmas characters. They are about us: how the presence of Jesus can truly bring joy in the midst of our struggles and fears." - Breathecast Review.

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Page last updated 15th April 2014
Author / Artist
Book FormatCD
PublisherEMI (November 2012)
Product Code4048673
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