Joy to the World
Most holiday albums focus on fun, but Jason Gray isn't fooling around. His first Christmas disc is a 14-song masterpiece, featuring 11 original tracks interwoven with carols, that takes on the task of telling the story of the birth of Christ. There are wise men, and shepherds -- even an innkeeper -- who all offer their perspective on the tale. As if that weren't enough, guests include Nichole Nordeman, Joel Hanson, Andy Gullahorn and Randall Goodgame. They add more depth to this somber, soulful retelling, destined to become an instant classic.