Home for Christmas (Amy Grant album)

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Home for Christmas
Home For Christmas - Amy Grant.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 6, 1992
RecordedSeptember 1992
Studio
GenreHoliday, pop
Length42:56
LabelA&M
ProducerBrown Bannister, Ronn Huff
Amy Grant chronology
Heart in Motion
(1991)
Home for Christmas
(1992)
House of Love
(1994)
Singles from Home for Christmas
  1. "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)"
    Released: 1992
  2. "Grown-Up Christmas List"
    Released: 1992 (US)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Home for Christmas is the 13th album by Christian music and pop music singer Amy Grant, released on October 6, 1992. It is Grant's second holiday album, the first being 1983's A Christmas Album.

Commercial success[edit]

Coming off the heels of Grant's successful 1991 album, Heart in Motion, Home for Christmas performed even better than Heart in Motion on the Billboard charts, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Christian album chart. It was later reissued in 2003 as 20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Amy Grant.

On November 17, 1997, Home for Christmas was certified Triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of three million copies in the United States.[2]

As of November 2014, Home for Christmas is the eighteenth best-selling Christmas/holiday album in the U.S. during the Nielsen SoundScan era of music sales tracking (March 1991 – present), having sold 2,540,000 copies according to SoundScan.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin2:36
2."It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"Edward Pola, George Wyle2:26
3."Joy to the World/For Unto Us a Child Is Born"George Frideric Handel, Isaac Watts2:33
4."Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)"Amy Grant, Chris Eaton5:29
5."O Come All Ye Faithful"John Francis Wade3:01
6."Grown-Up Christmas List"David Foster, Linda Thompson, additional lyrics by Amy Grant5:00
7."Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"Johnny Marks2:07
8."Winter Wonderland"Felix Bernard, Dick Smith2:17
9."I'll Be Home for Christmas"Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, Buck Ram3:27
10."The Night Before Christmas"Carly Simon3:52
11."Emmanuel, God With Us"Grant, Eaton, Robert Marshall4:56
12."Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Instrumental)"Johann Sebastian Bach4:47

Personnel[edit]

  • Amy Grant – lead vocals
  • Shane Keister – acoustic piano (4, 10), keyboards (8, 10, 11), string arrangements (10)
  • Carl Marsh – synthesizer (4), keyboards (11, 12), orchestration (12)
  • Robbie Buchanan – keyboards (6)
  • Clare Fischer – acoustic piano (9)
  • Blair Masters – keyboards (10, 11)
  • Phil Keaggy – guitars (5)
  • Tom Hemby – guitar (6, 12), acoustic guitar (10)
  • Jerry McPherson – guitar (7), acoustic guitar (10)
  • Dann Huff – guitar (10)
  • Craig Nelson – bass (7, 9)
  • David Hungate – bass (8, 10)
  • Chris McHugh – drums (7)
  • Steve Forman – percussion (7)
  • Paul Leim – drums (8, 10), percussion (10)
  • Harold Jones – drums (9)
  • Mark O'Connor – violin (12)
  • Ronn Huff – orchestration (1, 2, 3, 9), choral arrangements (3, 5, 11), conductor
  • Alan Moore – orchestration (6)
  • The London Studio Orchestra – strings (1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 12)
  • Nat Peck – contractor
  • The American Boychoir (3, 5, 10), directed by James Litton
  • Chris Eaton – background vocals (2, 7, 11), acoustic piano (11)
  • Marty McCall – background vocals (2, 7, 10)
  • Marabeth Jordan – background vocals (2, 7, 10)
  • Bonnie Keen – background vocals (2, 7, 10)
  • John Darnall – children's choir director (10)
  • Children's choir (10) – Jessica Owen, Kristina Owen, Carrie Gardner, Lisa Pardin, Asher Larrison, Emily Estes, Bethany Wright, Skyla Carnahan, Katy Dunham and Ellie Bannister

Production

  • Brown Bannister – producer
  • Ronn Huff – producer (2, 3)
  • Amy Grant – executive producer
  • Michael Blanton – executive producer
  • Bill Deaton – tracking engineer
  • Patrick Kelly – assistant engineer
  • Rich Indelicato – assistant engineer
  • Greg Parker – assistant engineer
  • Steve Bishir – overdub engineer
  • Anthony Zecco – overdub assistant engineer
  • Brett Perry – overdub assistant engineer
  • Martin Woodley – overdub assistant engineer
  • Rail Rogut – overdub assistant engineer
  • Michael O'Reilly – additional engineering
  • Adrian Kerridge – orchestra sessions engineer
  • James Collins – orchestra sessions assistant engineer
  • Bill Schnee – mix engineer
  • Noel Hazen – mix assistant
  • Doug Sax – mastering at The Mastering Lab, Los Angeles
  • Steve Hall – remastering at Futuredisc, North Hollywood
  • Traci Sterling – production coordinator
  • Rich Frankel – art direction
  • Chuck Beeson – art direction, design
  • Rebecca Chamlee – design
  • Victoria Pearson Cameron – photography

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1992 The Billboard 200 2
Top Contemporary Christian 1
Top Holiday Albums 1
1993 Top Pop Catalog 3

Singles - CCM Magazine/Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1992 Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song) Christian Radio–Adult Contemporary 1
2011 Christian Digital Song Sales 2

Certifications[edit]

Country Sales Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Canada (CRIA) 50,000 Gold
United States (RIAA) 3,000,000 Platinum (3x)

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r133935/review
  2. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 2, 2014.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "The Gifts That Keep on Giving: Biggest Radio and Album Hits of the Holidays". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 1, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2014.