• Christmas music from the Baylor family

    Oh for Joy, from DCBLooking for some new Christmas music? Consider keeping it in the Baylor family.

    The David Crowder Band released its penultimate album, “Oh For Joy,” in time for the 2012 holiday season. The popular band, comprised of former Baylor students Crowder, Jeremy Bush, Mike Dodson, BA ’99, Mike Hogan, BA ’00, Jack Parker, BBA ’96, and Mark Waldrop, covers eight traditional Christmas hymns in the band’s trademark original style. (I’m particularly partial to their version of “Angels We Have Heard On High.”)

    Or, if you’re looking for something more traditional, consider David Phelps’ “One Wintry Night.” The 2007 album from Phelps, BM ’92, mixes hymns and secular songs, from “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “Silent Night” to “Blue Christmas” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

    Both albums are available on Amazon (DCB, Phelps) and iTunes (DCB, Phelps), among many outlets. (And if there are other recent Christmas releases by Baylor grads, let me know.)

    (12/14 update: Waco singer/songwriters Brett [BA ’98] and Emily [BA ’99] Mills are giving away a free download of “What Child is This” to celebrate Christmas.)

    Sic ’em, Christmas carolers!

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