Happy 2021! Warm Greetings to you and Wishing you a year filled with Unexpected Joy and Blessings!
Many years ago, while grieving from a broken heart, the Lord God inspired me to write “Loving You” to tell me He is my Provider, Protector, and Lover of my Soul. Though my future was uncertain at the time, it was the beginning of surrendering my Independent Life for God-Dependent Living. Read the full story
In January 2018, the Lord God blessed me with an Artist Support Grant from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis to produce my second album “Silver Bells Songs of Christmas JOY!” When my producer Peter Vantine suggested that I record one of my original songs, I decided to include “Loving You” in the album. I believe the Lord God wants me to share this song with the rest of the world, so that others can be inspired to love God and live a God-Dependent Life. Mark 12:30-31
In addition to the album, “Loving You” is also the first single I released as Julie-Ann Joy.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
As I was looking through the “100 Most Beautiful Christmas Songs” songbook, I came across this song published in 2005 by JoyWilliams, Ben Glover, and Jason Ingram. Before I even listened, I read the lyrics and it immediately touched my heart and I was overwhelmed with reverence for God’s Gift of Love. This song reveals God’s salvation plan for all mankind. Here’s my recording of “Here With Us” and I encourage you to listen with your heart, mind, and soul.
Hallelujah, hallelujah Heaven’s love reaching down to save the world Hallelujah, hallelujah, son of God, servant King Here with us, You’re here with us.
This medley arrangement by Mark Hayes includes the following Christmas carols and songs:
Joy To The World
For Unto Us a Child is Born
O Come All Ye Faithful
The bells orchestrated into the medley by Peter Vantine, adds a majestic ring to the entire medley that weaves in the message of Christmas beautifully! Listen and reflect on the words and let them breath new life into your heart and soul.
Joy to the World the Lord is Come! Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room and heaven and nature sing.
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given And His name shall be called: Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace!
O Come all ye Faithful, Joyful and Triumphant O Come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem Come and Behold Him born the King of Angels O Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ the Lord!
Early edition blog since it’s already Christmas Eve in Asia and Australia. Merry Christmas Eve! This is my recording of “O Holy Night” in music collaboration with Peter Vantine on the piano.
It was the 1st week of July in Boston when I recorded this song for my first Christmas album. While I was there, I was able to visit and catch up with my dear friends Diane, Jantina, Karen, and Tracy in between recording sessions. Fortunately, our schedules worked out so that I can be in Boston when 4th of July events were happening all over the city. We stayed at a hotel in Cambridge and I watched the 4th of July fireworks along the Charles River on the Cambridge side for the first time. Instead of Boston where I used to live.
My Mom also taught me this song when I was a young girl. She often accompanied me whenever I sang this on Christmas Eve. If it’s not already playing, just press the play arrow below. Happy listening!
Pietro Yon composed this Italian Christmas carol in 1917. And then Frederick H. Martens set his English carol “When Blossoms Flowered ‘mid the Snow” to this melody. Italian born Yon was an organist who is remembered today for his sacred music for the Roman Catholic Church. When he came to America, he settled in New York City and served as the organist and choir director at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1927 until his death in 1943.
Pietro Yon is considered among the most important American composers of sacred music for the Catholic Church in the first half of the twentieth century.
While selecting songs for my 1st Christmas album I wanted to record a variety of songs encompassing several genres and style of music. In addition, my mother taught me this song when I was a young girl and it’s one of her favorites. If it’s not already playing, just press the play arrow to listen to my rendition of this Italian Christmas Carol. I hope you enjoy and like! It’s always encouraging to me when you do. Thank you.
Lyricist Sammy Cahn and British-American composer and songwriter Jule Styne purposely wrote this song for American treasure – Frank Sinatra. It was first recorded in 1954 as the B-side of Frank’s new recording of “White Christmas.”
This weekend my Christmas lights turned on. In my household, this officially begins the Christmas Season and I listen to my favorite Christmas albums all day long. As the candles are gleaming and painted candy canes, decorations, and lights adorn my Christmas tree, my home is filled with the aura of this season.
Arranged by my producer and music collaborator Peter Vantine, here’s my rendition of this lilting song in 3/4 time! If it’s not already playing, press the play button on this blog to listen. Go ahead and waltz with your loved-one while listening. I hope you enjoy and like it!
You can also listen to the entire album on Spotify if you’re a subscriber or YouTube.