Album Remarks & Appraisals:
This compilation of sacred Christmas songs performed by popular artists is a great companion piece to the film (in theaters December 1st), and the perfect soundtrack to your holiday season. "The Nativity Story" tells the tale of two common people - Mary and Joseph - a miraculous pregnancy, an arduous journey, and the history-defining birth of Jesus. Brought to life with an unprecedented attention to detail and commitment to historical accuracy, this film tells how, from humble beginnings, great things can come.
Composer: Mychael Danna.
Personnel: Michael Farren, Todd D. Smith , Allan Hall, Natalie Grant (vocals); The Nashville String Machine (strings); Bernie Herms (piano, programming).
Audio Mixer: David Schober.
Recording information: Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN; Bletchley Park; Blue Heaven Studio; Platinum Lab.
Arrangers: Chris Harris; Mark Schultz ; Greg Pagani; Jo Dee Messina; Nicole C. Mullen; Otto Price; Pete Amato; Rob Mathes; Bergen White; Bernie Herms; Brent Maher; Brown Bannister; Carl Marsh.
A companion piece to Mycheal Danna's score for the 2006 Biblical drama THE NATIVITY STORY, SACRED SONGS features Christian-oriented pop/rock artists performing tunes centered on the birth of Jesus. Highlights of this female-dominated collection include Natalie Grant's dreamy, orchestral version of "O Little Town of Bethlehem," Jo Dee Messina's gentle take on "Silent Night," and BarlowGirl's buoyant "For the Beauty of the Earth."