2010 Christmas Albums Worth a Listen

In my humble opinion, one of the best aspects of Christmas the music.  The holiday season provides an endless supply of cheer and goodwill conveyed through song–holiday classics mixed with modern compositions, expressed from artists from every genre possible.   As Buddy the Elf will tell you, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing it loud for all to hear” (and by the way, if you don’t get that reference, or haven’t yet seen the film Elf, do it immediately!)

Anyway, mycatholicblog has too many favorite Christmas songs to name in one blog (or even one hundred blogs!), but we did find this short guide to the albums released this year that are generating particular attention.

Of course, many Christmas songs (especially the older ones) focus on the religious aspects of Christmas, and many Christian artists in turn feel compelled to record their own Christmas albums.   With that in mind, we are especially excited to hear Jessica Simpson’s, Susan Boyle’s and Lady Antebellum’s works; Simpson and Boyle are openly Christian, as is the majority of Lady Antebellum.

So sing along, and enjoy!

Pope Will See Performance by Susan Boyle in Scotland

This article from Catholic News Agency was a surprise to me, but a pleasant one. I had no idea that Susan Boyle would be singing for Pope Benedict this fall when he will be in the UK. This is great because Boyle is obviously a wonderful vocalist, and it makes sense because she gained her start in music singing in her Scottish churches choir. It will be good to see a Catholic performing for the Pope, I mean it only makes sense right?

“The surprise music sensation Susan Boyle will sing for Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to the U.K., a spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland has confirmed. Boyle will be joined by music star Michelle McManus, who is already scheduled to sing before the Papal Mass in Glasgow.

Responding to an inquiry from CNA, Peter Kearney, director of the Scottish Catholic Media Office (SCMO), said on Wednesday, “Susan will sing.”

He added that organizers hope to release more details at the beginning of next week.

Boyle, a middle-aged Scottish woman who sang in her Catholic parish’s choir for decades, became a sensation after her appearance on a British talent show. While the show’s audience reacted with hostility to her plain-looking appearance at first, they cheered with deep appreciation after her high-caliber rendition of the song “I Dreamed a Dream.”

The singer’s first album has sold millions of copies.” – “Susan Boyle Will Sing for Pope During UK Visit”, Catholic News Agency