Cathy Neff | Keeping Christ in Christmas

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Keeping Christ in Christmas

by Cathy Neff

Christmas like you've never heard it before! From pop to classics, country to jazz, this album has something for everyone. Don't miss old favorites with a twist, or new favorites like "Don't X Out My Christmas" and the powerful "Let Him In." Listen today!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Let Him In (feat. Jacque Coleman)
3:18 $0.99
2. Angels We Have Heard On High
3:17 $0.99
3. Don't X Out My Christmas (feat. Rich Parkinson)
3:20 $0.99
4. O Come Emmanuel / What Child (feat. Lysa Rytting & Emily Brown)
3:19 $0.99
5. Where Was the Rest of the World (feat. Eric McGraw)
3:14 $0.99
6. Christmastime (feat. International Children's Choir)
2:23 $0.99
7. Lullaby, Dear Child (feat. Jacque Coleman)
3:21 $0.99
8. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
3:23 $0.99
9. When You Wake (feat. Rich Parkinson & Craig Miner)
3:26 $0.99
10. Three Ships (feat. Kenji Aihara & David Halliday)
3:27 $0.99
11. Christmas Eve (feat. Jacque Coleman)
3:33 $0.99
12. Away in a Manger (feat. International Children's Choir)
3:07 $0.99
13. Let Him In (Instrumental)
3:19 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Cathy Neff is a composer, arranger, producer, and music director who specializes in musical adaptations of classic literature, whether that be Shakespeare, Greek drama, children's classics, or religious texts. Cathy compiled this album from some of her favorite Christmas carols she'd arranged, and some new Christmas songs that she had written. She set about to find the perfect performers for each of her compositions, and the result is, well, electrifying.

"Let Him In," with music and lyrics by Cathy Neff, is a powerful Christmas song that begs the question: If the baby Jesus were born today, would you make Him room in your inn?" This song features the beautiful vocals of singer Jacque Coleman with background vocals by the International Children's Choir, directed by Dr. Kathy Sorensen. It also has piano by Cathy Neff, drums by Keith Sorensen, bass by Alex Rowe, violin by Aaron Ashton, guitars by Aaron Hubbard and Cathy Neff, and percussion by James Clark. Come and hear what fans are already calling an "all-time Christmas favorite."

This arrangement of "Angels We Have Heard on High" by Cathy Neff is a rich and flowing rendition of this holiday favorite featuring the Honor White Stone Choir with descant accompanied by Ricklen Nobis on piano and Terry Hansen on organ.

Okay, just for the record, "Don't X Out My Christmas" is one of our Cathy Neff favorites. Where else can you find a song with a great country singer, a fiddle, a jug and a washboard, and Santa, and STILL have the song be about Christ? Right here! Don't miss this one for sure. Awesome vocals of Rich Parkinson, drums by Todd Sorensen, bass by Rob Honey, fiddle by Aaron Ashton, guitars by Kenji Aihara and Craig Miner, banjo by Craig Miner, percussion by James Clark, and Santa as himself.

"O Come Emmanuel/What Child" is a beautiful medley of the two Christmas classics: "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" and "What Child Is This" arranged for viola and harp by Cathy Neff. These haunting melodies on these instruments really bring in the Christmas spirit. Viola by Emily Brown, and harp by Lysa Rytting.

"Where Was the Rest of the World" is a provocative look at the question: "So, if a few shepherds were the only ones who even noticed that the Christ-child had been born, where was everybody else? And why didn't they notice?" And, maybe even more importantly for today, where is the world now when we worship the Babe in the manger? Smooth, soaring vocals by Eric McGraw who uses his more than two octave range to really bring this one home. Music, lyrics, and piano by Cathy Neff, drums by Todd Sorensen, bass by Rob Honey, and guitar by Kenji Aihara. This one will give you chills.

"Christmastime" with words and music by Cathy Neff is a look at Christmas through the eyes of a child. Wonderfully clear, child-like purity in the vocals of the International Children's Choir, which is directed by Dr. Kathy Sorensen. COuple that with pizzicato strings, and you have a winning combination. Violins by Rebecca Moench and Aaron Ashton, viola by Candace Wagner, cello by Warren Mueller, and percussion by James Clark.

Jacque Coleman again lends her sweet vocals to Cathy Neff's "Lullaby, Dear Child." In this song, we sneak a peak into what it may have been like to actually see Mary singing a lullaby to the Christ child on that very first Christmas Eve. A beautiful vocal and flute duet with piano by Cathy Neff, Flute by Daron Bradford, and percussion by James Clark.

There has never been a rendition of "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing" like this one from Cathy Neff. Full strings with soaring lines, choir, piano, and chimes combine to make the perfect holiday celebration. The Honor White Stone Choir is joined by Ricklen Nobis on piano, Rebecca Moench and Aaron Ashton on violin, Candace Wagner on viola, Warren Mueller on cello, and James Clark on percussion.

There couldn't be a more endearing image than that of a father singing his little one to sleep on Christmas Eve. Such is the case with "When You Wake." Listen and imagine a father sitting on the edge of the bed, playing his guitar, and singing this tender lullaby. He sweetly reminds the child that the reason they will celebrate in the morning is because of the Babe in the manger. Beautifully sung by Rich Parkinson accompanied on guitar by Craig Miner. Music and lyrics by Cathy Neff.

"Three Ships" is about as fun as it gets! This is a rollicking mixed-meter Cathy Neff arrangement of the traditional "I Saw Three Ships." Jazz at its absolute best with the best in the business: Kenji Aihara on guitar, David Halliday on saxophone, Zoltan Vegvari on piano, Todd Sorensen on drums, and Rob Honey on bass. Just as a note of interest, through the wonders of technology, Zoltan Vegvari actually put his piano part in from Germany. It was crazy, but it worked!

"Christmas Eve" with music and lyrics by Cathy Neff will have you wondering what gift you could give the Christ child this Christmas. A warm and tender reminiscing while looking at the manger scene under the tree. What gift would I bring? Vocals by Jacque Coleman and the International Children's Choir, directed by Dr. Kathy Sorensen. Piano by Cathy Neff, drums by Todd Sorensen, bass by Rob Honey, Violin by Aaron Ashton, Guitar by Aaron Hubbard, and percussion by James Clark.

Everyone knows "Away in a Manger," but the interesting thing is that people know it by different tunes. There are primarily three different melodies associated with these words. Cathy Neff took all three of these tunes and used them in this arrangement of "Away in a Manger," one per verse, and added a fourth verse which brings the song to modern day with a commitment to always remember to honor His birth. The International Children's Choir, directed by Dr. Kathy Sorensen, is joined by Lysa Rytting on the harp. The innocence of youth, and the wonders of Christmas.

The last selection on this album is a "minus track" of "Let Him In." When we took the vocals out to have it available for karaoke and accompaniment tracks, we liked it so much that we included it here as a kind of bonus track.

You can find sheet music, scores, mp3s, and minus tracks to all of these pieces and many, many more on Cathy Neff's website. And although we can't list the URL here, if you use her name and a dot com, you might just find it. We hope you'll come see us there. Thanks for stopping in, and we hope you enjoy the album "Keeping Christ in Christmas."



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