Recording information: AIR Studios; Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN; Paragon Studios, Franklin, TN; Ronnie's Place Studio; Sound Logic, Santa Barbara, CA; Studiowave, Brentwood, TN; The House, Nashville, TN; The Manor, Franklin, TN; The Tracking Room, Nashville.
Editors: David Hamilton ; Rob Burrell.
Photographer: Cameron Powell.
Acclaimed Nashville-based singer Michael W. Smith assembled an all-star cast of guests to record The Spirit of Christmas, his fourth holiday collection. A mainstay on the Christian charts, Smith applies his crossover appeal on a big, boisterous, warm-hearted Christmas collection that boasts Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Amy Grant, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Bono, and Michael McDonald as collaborators. The festive big-band sound suits him well as he and his guests deliver nostalgic classics like "The Miracle of Christmas," "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," and "White Christmas" backed by the London Symphony Orchestra. ~ Timothy Monger