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Away In A Manger

by Deborah Liv Johnson

This is indeed a Christmas CD, but one of the best comments told to the artist was, "I play it all year.." One original tune and 12 classic Christmas songs, produced in a way that allows you to really hear the music.
Genre: Spiritual: Traditional Gospel
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Do You Hear The Mother
Deborah Liv Johnson
3:51 $0.99
2. Good Christian Friends, Rejoice
Deborah Liv Johnson
2:01 $0.99
3. Silent Night
Deborah Liv Johnson
3:38 $0.99
4. Of The Father's Love Begotten
Deborah Liv Johnson
2:49 $0.99
5. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Deborah Liv Johnson
3:30 $0.99
6. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Deborah Liv Johnson
2:49 $0.99
7. Go Tell It On The Mountain
Deborah Liv Johnson
2:26 $0.99
8. Lo, How A Rose E're Blooming
Peter Sprague and Dennis Caplinger
2:08 $0.99
9. Away In A Manger
Deborah Liv Johnson
2:34 $0.99
10. O Come All Ye Faithful
Deborah Liv Johnson
2:46 $0.99
11. Hark The Herals Angels Sing
Deborah Liv Johnson
3:33 $0.99
12. I Am So Glad Each Christmas Eve
Deborah Liv Johnson
2:37 $0.99
13. In The Bleak Midwinter
Deborah Liv Johnson
3:40 $0.99
14. Silent Night (Reprise)
Barnaby Finch
1:51 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"The high level of quality Johnson achieved with her first four albums continues on this stirring collection of traditional Christmas favorites. Johnson's strong, soaring voice and impassioned delivery are well-suited to these simple yet elegant songs, and she benefits from the uniformaly tasteful accompaniment of guitarist Peter Sprague, harpist Melissa Morgan, pianist Barnaby Finch and multi-instrumentalist Dennis Caplinger. The result is anothe gem by a local treasure." --The S.D. Union-Tribune

Deborah Liv Johnson was the third of five children, born to missionary parents in Tanzania, East Africa. Returning to the United States before her first birthday, Johnson was raised in the desert community of Ridgecrest, California. Her first love of music was drumming.

Johnson attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, known to have "the best college choir in the world." She did not, however, follow the straight and choral path. Instead, she lettered in track and developed a presence as a singer/songwriter with stints at the campus coffeehouse and downtown clubs.

Graduating with a degree in creative writing, Johnson moved to San Diego to continue her music career. Image-rich lyrics and well-crafted melodies became her trademark. Often flying solo, Johnson's performances showcase the eclectic nature of her songwriting, highlighting deft guitar work and vocals, as she moves easily between blues, ballads, folk, country and jazz standards.

Johnson has released eight CDs on her own Mojave Sun Records label: Mahogany Whispers, The Cowboys of Baja Have Stolen My Heart, Across the White Plains, Softly and Tenderly, A Mountain We Will Climb (a CD single written for breast cancer survivor Laura Evans), Away in a Manger (Christmas), Real Women, Real Beauty (another fundraiser for breast cancer in conjunction with TheRealWomenProject.com) and Johnson's newest release, The Good and Bad of It.

The Cowboys of Baja garnered Mark Gallo's choice for Best Local Album in San Diego and the following year, Colorado Public Radio listeners chose Johnson as Best New Artist. Even with the success of Across the White Plains, much to Johnson's surprise, Softly and Tenderly, a collection of sparsely produced hymns, is outselling all of her releases.

Over the years, Johnson has opened concerts for various name artists such as Dan Fogelberg, Don McLean, Spyro Gyra, Suzanne Vega, Arlo Guthrie, Nils Lofgren, John Stewart, Tom Chapin, Rita Coolidge and Janis Ian. She's toured across the country and sung the national anthem for Hillary Clinton.



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Away in a Manger
This is a great Christmas CD for you or as a gift. The lead song is one of Deborah's own compositions. It is lovely and poignant. If you find you like this CD also try her "Softly and Tenderly" CD of hymns. You will not be disappointed. Her voice is simply ethereal.