I think Mariah Carey has one of the most impressive voices of all time. Even though her album Merry Christmas came out in 1994 (20 years ago!), it’s still my favorite. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is one of the most joyful, upbeat Christmas tunes I know of. Range-wise, her version of “O Holy Night” is untouchable. I love that she includes some songs about Jesus, even though she’s a pop artist with a secular audience. “Jesus Born on This Day” is so heavenly. You can have your lights, decorations, cookies ... but for me, as far as creating a Christmas atmosphere, it’s all about this album! —Felicia Abraham
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My favorite Christmas album is Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song. For me, it highlights the perfect Christmas spirit, and it also has the most anointed version of “O Holy Night” that I’ve ever heard. Nat’s voice and the arrangements always make me feel like it’s Christmas, even in Las Vegas in the middle of July. —Felicia Abraham
My favorite Christmas album is Home for the Holidays by various artists on Sparrow. It was originally released in the late ’80s and re-released [as Christmas] in the ’90s. I love nontraditional Christmas music. Fa la la la ... —Felicia Abraham
Amy Grant’s Home for Christmas is timeless. I have great memories of my family decorating the tree and listening to that album. We usually started playing it after Thanksgiving and kept it on until Easter! —Felicia Abraham
Jesus Culture Music released Bryan and Katie Torwalt's sophomore album, Kingdom Come, on Oct. 15. Read the backstories that inspired their latest modern worship anthems.
This collaborative effort between Gateway Worship and Women of Faith includes an extended version of Revelation Song and draws from a diverse group of worship leaders and songwriters.
Produced by the youth ministry of Hillsong Church in Sydney, this new album marks an effort to reach the next generation for Christ.
After their studio release of Mercy in April, the live DVD version hits stands this month, showcasing the fourth album for this husband-and-wife duo.
This Messianic praise and worship album is Barry and Batya Segals seventh. Sung in mostly Hebrew, the music is used for both dance and worship.
Five-time Dove Award-winning Female Vocalist of the Year Natalie Grant has been through a personal storm and now brings her experience to what she calls her most personal record to date. Curb Records releases Hurricane, Grants first project in three years, on Oct. 15.
More than 25 years after his debut project released, singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman continues to inspire and entertain listeners with his trademark acoustic pop songs.
Four-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Matthew Wests hit single Hello, My Name Is has broken the record for the most weeks at No. 1. Have you heard the sound?
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Miley Cyrus has gone from Disney Channel kid favorite to raunch queen performing simulated sex with a foam finger wearing a flesh colored costume while Robin Thicke repeatedly sang Lord have mercy. Let's pray for mercy for Cyrus.
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We asked a variety of worship leaders and Christian music artists what albums are currently on their playlist. Check out their picks.