Sunday, November 13, 2011

Christmas In DiverseCity by TobyMac

For the young, or young at heart, TobyMac's first Christmas record, Christmas In Diverse City (Forefront Records) provides a "pop, rock, soul, hip-hop and urban flavor" for Christmas songs . . . some familiar old carols and some new . . . "with an irresistible and distinctive Christmas spirit. Featuring memorable collaborations with Owl City, Leigh Nash and Jamie Grace, the album’s track listing also spotlights performances and songs from TobyMac’s long-time touring band, DiverseCity. TobyMac says: 'I just tried to think outside the box. It’s difficult at first to imagine some of these songs with a modern beat, but I think Christmas is about celebration and come on, on the inside everyone wants to dance. It has a bit of everything- six songs are my artistry: an eclectic blend of Christmas classics and originals. The other seven tracks are my amazing band’s (DiverseCity) individual artistic efforts. I love it.'"

Christmas in DiverseCity Track Listing: (you can hear a bit of each song by going to this link)
1) Christmas This Year (Featuring Leigh Nash)-TobyMac 
 . . . "It's all love, the season is a gift, when love came down to let us live. Let's open up and let our hearts embrace this moment, for Christmas this year! . . . Holy, Holy, Holy, God is coming near, Unto us a Savior's born, on a midnight clear!"
2) The First Noel (Featuring Owl City)-TobyMac
3) Mary’s Boy Child (Featuring Jamie Grace)-TobyMac
4) O Come All Ye Faithful-TobyMac
5) Little Drummer Boy-TobyMac
6) This Christmas (Father of the Fatherless)-TobyMac
7) Carol of the Kings (Featuring Gabe Real & Liquid) –Maj
8) Birthoflove-Superherose . . . "
9) What Child Is This? – Arch Nemesiz
10) It Snowed- Tim Rosenau
11) Angels We Have Heard on High- Nirva Ready
12) Santa’s Comin’ Back ‘Round- Toddie Funk
13) ChristmasTime- Byron “Mr. Talkbox” Chambers

The songs on this Cd have a definite TobyMac touch . . . some of them you may think you know, but you have never heard them like this! I think your teen and the 20+ grandchildren will particularly love this take on Christmas music! I appreciate the way TobyMac and group were able to communicate a solid message and keep the "fun" "intact"! 

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