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"A Very Special Christmas" is the single most successful benefit recording series in musical history, generating more than $100 million in royalties to benefit Special Olympics. The series is the largest single source of funding for Special Olympics and its athletes. As "A Very Special Christmas" celebrates its 25th year, Word Records is proud to present the first-ever Christian Market version in the "A Very Special Christmas" series, entitled Bringing Peace On Earth. A Very Special Christmas: Bringing Peace On Earth features 16 songs from 16 top Christian artists, including: Francesca Battistelli ("O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"), Group 1 Crew ("O Holy Night"), Jason Castro ("Hark The Herald Angels Sing / Angels We Have Heard On High"), Dara Maclean ("Bethlehem Skies"), Sidewalk Prophets ("Because It s Christmas"), for King & Country ("Baby Boy"), Chris August ("Jesus, Savior"), Meredith Andrews ("God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (He Has Come For Us) "), Big Daddy Weave ("O Come, All Ye Faithful"), NEEDTOBREATHE ("Go Tell It On The Mountain"), Natalie Grant ("I Believe"), Jamie Grace ("Christmas Together"), BarlowGirl ("For The Beauty Of The Earth (Nativity Version) "), Point of Grace ("Labor Of Love"), Mark Schultz ("When Love Was Born"), and Building 429 ("We Three Kings").


1. Because It's Christmas - By Sidewalk Prophets
2. Gloria (Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Angels We Have Heard On High) - By Jason Castro
3. Baby Boy - By for King & Country
4. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - By Francesca Battistelli
5. O Holy Night - By Group 1 Crew
6. Bethlehem Skies (feat. Dave Barnes) - By Dara Maclean
7. Jesus, Savior - By Chris August
8. Christmas Together - By Jamie Grace
9. Go Tell It On The Mountain (Single Version) - By NEEDTOBREATHE
10. He Has Come For Us [God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen] - By Meredith Andrews
11. O Come All Ye Faithful - By Big Daddy Weave
12. I Believe (Album) - By Natalie Grant
13. For The Beauty Of The Earth (Nativity Version) - By BarlowGirl
14. We Three Kings - By Building 429
15. Labor Of Love - By Point Of Grace
16. When Love Was Born (Album Version) - By Mark Schultz

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 16, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Word Entertainment
  • ASIN: B008VBSR1Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,646 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Yap TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 5, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Prime Cuts: Bethlehem Skies (Dara MacLean & Dave Barnes), I Believe (Natalie Grant), Christmas Together (Jamie Grace)

You can always count on the compilers of "A Very Special Christmas" to come up with a red carpeted roll call of who's who in the music industry. Ever since its genesis in 1987, nine compilations have surfaced under the patent "A Very Special Christmas." With each opus seasonal renderings have been garnered from huge superstars such as Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Stevie Nicks, U2, Mary J. Blige, Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood among others. This whole project started off as the brainchild of record producer and chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M records Jimmy Lovine. And at the behest of his wife proceeds from this endeavor have been given to the Special Olympics. Over the years these records have raised $100 million with the first compilation (understandably with Whitney Houston and Madonna on the same record) selling over 4 million copies. Fast forward to 2012, for the first time, these enterprising philanthropists have partnered with Word record to release a contemporary Christian version of "A Very Special Christmas." Instead of harboring cuts from established acts (such as Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and Steve Green), they have decided to cast the nets to the emerging, current and younger crop from the genre; artists such as For King and Country, Jason Castro, Sidewalk Prophet and Group 1 Crew. Save for Natalie Grant, Big Daddy Weave, Mark Schultz, BarlowGirl and Point of Grace, many of these performers are still pretty new on the block; each with only a couple or fewer albums under their belts. Such an approach is certainly rewarded with a palatable and a much more youthful sound.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Davis TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 16, 2012
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A Very Special Christmas is the single most successful benefit recording series in musical history, generating more than $100 million in royalties to benefit Special Olympics. The series is the largest single source of funding for Special Olympics and its athletes. As "A Very Special Christmas" celebrates its 25th year, Word Records is proud to present the first-ever Christian Market version in the "A Very Special Christmas" series, entitled Bringing Peace On Earth. There are a lot of choices when it comes to Christmas music. This year more than ever, I felt a bit overwhelmed when I started to listen to various takes of classic Christmas songs like "Joy To The World," "Away In A Manger" and "Silent Night." Thankfully, as much as I love those songs, they don't appear on this excellent compilation.

Every song is a highlight for me especially the original Christmas songs by Sidewalk Prophets, Dara Maclean, Chris August and Meredith Andrews. There are also spectacular renditions of "O Holy Night" by Group 1 Crew, "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" by Francesca Battistelli and "O Come All Ye Faithful" by Big Daddy Weave. There are three original songs that stop me in my tracks, "Bethlehem Skies" by Dara Maclean feat. Dave Barnes, "Jesus, Savior" by Chris August and "He Has Come For Us" which is an amazing medley with "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by Meredith Andrews. I get goose bumps when I sing along with Meredith at the top of my lungs, this song "He Has Come For Us" is incredibly powerful and proclaims the biblical Truth of Christmas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 28, 2012
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Wonderful Songs from Wonderful Christian artists! I love most all Christmas CD's and this one did not disappoint! Recommend highly!
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By Dawn Namyniuk on February 5, 2014
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Love christmas music, and actually have quite a few of the cds represented on this one. Bought it for the For King and Country song. Fabulous!
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This album is a Holiday Treat for the music lover's auditory senses~ an eclectic compilation including a broad range of styles
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By Ginny Strobl on February 16, 2013
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It was great to see that A Very Special Christmas was available 25 years after I bought the first one. I enjoyed it and listened to the first years' editions all over again.
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By Kevin Smith on January 25, 2013
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Okay, I bought this for one ONE song. Jesus Savior, it s a great song and I love the message behind it. My family just sighs when I pull out my kindle and start to play the song on it. They know no matter the season that song will be played. haha
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By Jonell Niles on January 15, 2013
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I actually bought this CD just for one song on there I really wanted, but once I got it, I was pleasantly surprised. I ended up enjoying most of the songs! A new Christmas favorite CD!
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