Celebrating Christmas with the Oak Ridge Boys

"Celebrate Christmas" album coverI have been looking forward to The Oak Ridge Boys’ “Celebrate Christmas” since it’s pending release was first announced and…

I am not disappointed!

Every track is a keeper, and some are just downright incredible. My three favorites:

  • That’s Christmas to Me
  • Santa Claus Is Real
  • The Hallelujah Chorus

That’s Christmas to Me

If “That’s Christmas to Me” sounds familiar…yes, that’s the title song of Pentatonix’s massive 2014 hit album (#2 on Billboard’s Top 200). For a bunch of…errr…”mature” men to remake such a popular song from a hip group is dangerous…but, boy do they pull it off.  In some ways, Pentatonix is a modern version of what The Oak Ridge Boys have been doing for 50 years.

Yes, you heard me right…50 years!

And you can hear 50 years of talent (times 4) in their version.

Santa Claus Is Real

This is a ridiculously fun, catchy song about a kid who knows his dad is wrong when he whispers to the boy’s big brother there is no Santa Claus. Written by Sonya Isaacs, I never heard it before, but it’s already a classic in my book. The cut banter between the four at the end just seals the deal. Yes, Santa Claus does sound like Richard. 🙂

The Hallelujah Chorus

Yes, this is “the” “The Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah. For a country quartet to pull it off is incredible.  For a country quartet to own it…

And The Oak Ridge Boys do own it…

For a country quartet to own it is just downright amazing. Add to that the fact that when they sing it they mean it, it belongs in the mix of Christian station, Christmas time or not!

The Lord is glorified by their version.

Finally…

Finally, I’d like to reiterate that the entire album knocks it out of the park…but also add that these four are genuinely great human beings (I know by seeing their interactions on social media). Do yourself a favor and buy it on Amazon (or wherever you prefer). Shortly after posting this it is going live on the Countdown2.Christmas Radio mix (with those three tunes going into the heavy mix).

Great work gentlemen. May God bless you and yours at Christmas and all year round!

Credit for the album cover goes to Amazon.com.