Each Christmas, musical artists from a variety of genres release Christmas CD’s. Represented here is a fairly good sampling of artists, each with a strong following. Jewel is headlining a Christmas television special. Essential to the balance each artist needs, a Christmas Special CD is necessarily a part of their overall branding efforts that must carry a thread of consistency with the remainder of the work that first brought them to public prominence.
One of the more interesting aspect of these artists, also, is that each had their own unique entry into the music business. Some harder than others. Sarah McLachlan is a classically trained pianist.
James Taylor started his musical career in earnest in 1966 before his 1970 breakout hit “Fire and Rain”. He has sold over 100 million albums worldwide.
Jewel’s life is the subject of her book, “Never Broken: Songs are Only Half the Story” about a life of hardship and poverty begun in Alaska. Today, she has reinvigorated her career and has a new CD out featuring a duet with Rodney Crowell.
Amy Grant became one of the very first Christian-Pop crossover artists in the 1980’s and has toured over three decades. She lives in Nashville and is married to musician Vice Gill.
Mariah Carey dominated the 1990’s with pop recordings, touring and stints in Las Vegas. The chances are very good that you will find a CD from one of these artists under your Christmas Tree in 2016.