We’re not sure how you feel…. but WE plan to Christmas hard this year!  🙂  There is a magic in this holiday (the sacred and secular traditions) that brings joy and peace.  We all need some of that.  And what would a Christmas be without music?  Here at UTR, we enjoy curating the music of artists with a rooted faith.  So this playlist is a celebration of fun standards, classic carols, and well-crafted originals to help be the soundtrack to this season of peace, joy, and love – as together we rejoice in the birth of our Savior. He is the “thrill of Hope, the weary world rejoices!”


Sp. Menu: Christmas  (DEC 2020)

Christmas music is a unique, because we likely all have our favorite holiday albums and songs that we dust off once each year.  And yet there is a steady stream of brand new versions of Christmas songs and Advent originals that comes out each year.  It’s always fun to think carefully about what direction I want to take a playlist like this one.  In 2020, because we need this right now, my themes are JOY and HOPE.  You’re not going to find a lilting version of “Christmastime is Here” or a lullaby version of “Silent Night.” All of the song featured are upbeat, joy-filled, and will hopefully help us all to think about how the Light of the world has come to scatter all our darkness.


This Christmas – Ben Rector
Merry Christmas Everyone – Rend Collective
O Come All Ye Faithful – Jill Phillips & Andy Gullahorn
Gloria – Josh Garrels
Winter Wonderland – Jenny & Tyler
Away in the Manger – Branches
Ring Out the Bells – Resound Worship
It’s Christmas – CeCe Winans
Thank God It’s Christmas – Marc Martel
So Long, Moses – Andrew Peterson
Let It Snow – JJ Heller
Christmas Is Coming – Jason Gray
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer [LIVE] – Carolyn Arends
Carol of St. Benjamin the Bearded One – Sufjan Stevens
Silent Night – Tori Kelly
King of Kings – Brandon Heath
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Jon Reddick
Great Things (Mary) – Melanie Penn (ft. The Arcadian Wild)
O Little Town of Bethlehem – Jars of Clay
Peace (Mary) – Poor Bishop Hooper
The First Noel – Phil Wickham
Wonderful Christmastime – Dwan Hill (ft. The New Respects & Ben Abraham)
Little Drummer Boy – Lauren Daigle
Silver Bells – Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
White Christmas – Matt Wertz
Angels We Have Heard on High – Sixpence None the Richer
Do You Hear What I Hear? – Steven Curtis Chapman
Hark a Burst a Heav’nly Music – Cardiphonia Music (ft. Jered McKenna)
Song for a Winter’s Night – Audrey Assad
In The Beginning – Slugs and Bugs
Angels from the Realms of Glory – Sara Groves
Christmas Again – Drakeford
Joy To The World – The McCrary Sisters
Be on the Lookout – Caroline Cobb (ft. Paul Zach)
He is Our King – Brothers McClurg
O Holy Night – Kevin Max
Go Tell it On the Mountain – Seabird
Jingle Bells – Sugar & The Hi Lows
Humbug – Owl City
Cheers to Your Holiday – Vocal Few
It’s Almost Christmas – Jon and Valerie Guerra
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear – Tow’rs
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Sleeping At Last
Ring the Bells – Sandra McCracken