10 Christmas Songs by Contemporary Christian Music Artists
Are you looking for something different in Christmas music this year? Celebrate the season with ten Christmas songs by contemporary Christian music artists.
Fresh, New Offerings
Are you tired of hearing the same Christmas songs year after year? Celebrate the season with some newer offerings by contemporary Christian singers and bands.
This list highlights some familiar names as well as new voices in Christian music. Traditional carols inspired some of their songs. Others are new compositions that illuminate the beauty of the Christmas story.
Everyone has an opinion when it comes to music, so you won't find a “ten best” list here. Just listen to some of the fresh, new sounds of Christmas. While each song is unique, it shares a common purpose with the others: giving praise and glory to God for His Son, Jesus Christ.
1. Adore Him
“Adore Him” is a Christmas song by Kari Jobe, a singer-songwriter from Dallas, Texas. Jobe sings praise and worship songs, contemporary Christian music, and country music.
"Adore Him" appears on Worship and Adore: A Christmas Offering. The 2009 album features an ensemble group of musicians represented by Integrity Music.
The song reworks the traditional hymn “O Come, All Ye Faithful," which focuses on the nativity:
Countless days on a journey that led so far / Endless nights they traveled to follow the star / They did not find a palace, just a humble village home / And searching for a king, but finding a child, no crown, no throne / Still they bowed down.
2. Beautiful Body and Blood
“The Beautiful Body and Blood” is the creation of Glenn Packiam, a Colorado pastor and singer-songwriter. Packiam founded the Desperation Band, a worship ministry of New Life Church in Colorado Springs.
“Whispered prayers, winter nights, carol songs, candle light" begins the original song. Considered an advent song, it often serves as communion music during the observance of The Lord's Supper.
"The Beautiful Body and Blood" appears on the 2009 album Worship and Adore: A Christmas Offering.
3. Born in Bethlehem
“Born in Bethlehem” is a Christmas song by Third Day, an award-winning band from Georgia. The band's name refers to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
"Born in Bethlehem" appears on the 2006 holiday album Christmas Offerings, a collection of Christmas-themed worship music. It is meant as a song of praise for Jesus:
Baby Jesus, do you know you’ll die for all our sins? / Don’t be afraid, for in three days, you will rise again. Cause you will rise again / …Halleluiah, the King is here, given for all men.
4. Christmas Offering
"Christmas Offering” is Christmas song by Casting Crowns, another band from Georgia. The award-winning group got their start as a student worship band in Florida.
Casting Crowns recorded "Christmas Offering" for Peace on Earth, their 2008 holiday album. Singing of shepherds, wise men, and modern-day saints, they offer a song of praise to God:
We bring an offering of worship to our King / No one on earth deserves the praises that we sing / Jesus, may you receive the honor that you’re due / O Lord, we bring an offering to you.
5. The Earth Stood Still
“The Earth Stood Still” is an original song by Future of Forestry, an alternative rock band from southern California. The band takes its name from a poem by the British author C. S. Lewis.
“The Earth Stood Still” appears on the 2010 Christmas album Advent Christmas EP: Volume 2. It describes the nativity as a story that altered history:
Shepherds stirred under starry skies, tasting grace that would change their lives / The angels trembled and the demons did too, for they knew very well what pure grace would do.
6. How Many Kings
"How Many Kings” is a Christmas song by Downhere, a Canadian rock band. The title song for their 2009 Christmas album also appears on the 2010 album Bethlehem Skyline.
The honest, moving song is destined to become a Christmas classic. It marvels at the awesome significance of the Christmas story: that God became man, and that He did it for us:
How many kings step down from their thrones? / How many lords have abandoned their homes? / How many greats have become the least for me? / …only One did that for me.
7. Night Before Christmas
“The Night Before Christmas” is a song by Brandon Heath, a singer from Tennessee.
The 2009 song offers a thought-provoking look at the real night before Christmas:
We were so lost on earth, no peace, no worth, no way to escape / In fear, no faith, no hope, no grace and no light / But that was the night before Christmas.
The song appears on The Essential Christmas Collection, a 2010 album that features twelve Christmas songs by Christian music artists.
8. Labor of Love
“Labor of Love” was written by Andrew Peterson, a Christian folk singer-songwriter from Tennessee. It appears on the 2004 album Behold the Lamb of God.
Jill Phillips performs "Labor of Love" on the Peterson album and in the video below. The song is a tribute to Mary, whom God chose for the mother of Jesus:
It was a labor of pain / It was a cold sky above / But for the girl on the ground in the dark / With every beat of her beautiful heart / It was a labor of love.
9. Where's the Line to See Jesus?
“Where’s the Line to See Jesus?” is a song by Becky Kelley, a Missouri resident. Her four-year-old nephew inspired the song.
Having learned that Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the boy was surprised to see kids line up to see Santa Claus at the mall. He asked his mom, “where’s the line to see Jesus?” and a Christmas song was born.
The music video went viral on YouTube in 2010, with more than half a million hits in less than two weeks. The song continues to grow in popularity, as Christians reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
10. Winter Snow
"Winter Snow” is a song by Chris Tomlin, an award-winning Texas musician. It appears on the 2009 album Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship.
The song features a breakout performance by Audrey Assad of Tennessee. It is a song about our Savior and to our Savior, Jesus Christ:
You came like a winter snow / Quiet and soft and slow / Falling from the sky in the night / To the earth below.
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© 2010 Annette R. Smith
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