American Idol winner McCreery releases new Christmas CD

Christian Examiner staff report

Former American Idol winner Scotty McCreery is getting into the holiday spirit with his new released CD “Christmas With Scotty McCreery.”

The CD offers a mix of 11 holiday songs like “Let It Snow,” “The Christmas Song,” and more favorites as well as new .

McCreery, who says Christmas is his favorite time of year, also included “Mary, Did You Know?” written by Mark Lowry.

An original song on the CD is “Christmas in Heaven,” which was written by Paul Marino and Jeremy Johnson, two LifeWay Worship songwriters.

LifeWay Worship is a church worship resource provider and song publisher within LifeWay Christian Resources.

McCreery came to national fame after winning the 10th season of "American Idol" as well as prestigious industry awards such as New Artist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards and Best New Artist at the American Country Awards. He also was ranked No. 1 on Billboard's list of Top New Country Artists for 2011.

“[W]e want to generate songs of faith that will last for countless generations. We strive to raise up songs that impact culture for Jesus Christ," said Craig Adams, manager of creative development and publishing for LifeWay Worship. "

Adams expects “Christmas in Heaven” to become a new perennial Christmas favorite because of McCreery's talent and the message of the song.

It's the hope of heaven at Christmas," Adams said.

"For many people, Christmas can be a time of pain," he said. "This could be a song of healing. It comes from the perspective of someone whose loved one has passed away. As the person takes in the sights and sounds of the Christmas season, they wonder what must it be like to celebrate the arrival of Jesus on earth from heaven."

Adams noted, "Great songs always find their way. [Christmas in Heaven] will filter down through other artists, groups, churches, schools and choirs, even into other languages around the world."

McCreery told American Idol that his goal for the Christmas album was to create a body of work that makes people feel good and celebrate the birth of Jesus.

"I just wanted it to be holly and jolly and really lift people's spirits in the Christmas season because it's supposed to be a happy time," McCreery said. "But I also wanted to get across the real reason for the season. Christmas in Heaven is my favorite song on the album and it really speaks to that."

Christmas with Scotty McCreery is available at McCreery's website, iTunes, Amazon and music retail stores across the country.

Published, March 2007
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