The Top 5 Gospel Christmas Songs of All Time

It’s Christmas time, the most festive and holy time of the year! It’s a time to rejoice, to love and appreciate our family, and of course get into that merry groove. The best way of course to do that is to play some good old Christmas tunes. These 5 delightful jingles will warm up your heart, uplift your soul and sprinkle you with some much needed Christmas spirit.

Whitney Houston- Joy to the World

Whitney Houston has been blowing us away for decades. The legendary superstar’s beautiful rendition of the Christmas carol ‘Joy to the World’ is deeply moving and guaranteed to bring in that magical Christmas feeling. Houston recorded the song for the 1996 film, The Preacher’s Wife, a film in which she also acted. The carol is so popular in fact, that it has been recorded by many other world-famous artists, such as Boney M, Mariah Carey, and even the Jonas Brothers. 

Mariah Carey- O Holy Night

Every Christmas this songbird delights us with her legendary holiday hits. This song is of course from her classic Christmas album of 1994, Merry Christman. This album is full of beautiful covers of our favorite carols such as ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’, ‘Silent Night, Christmas’ (Baby Please Come Home) and much more. While Carey gives her own special twist, this song is actually centuries years old and was originally written in French! The song was also, according to the Canadian inventor, Reginald Fessenden a pioneer in radio broadcasting, the live broadcast of a song in history.

Brenda Lee- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Johnny Marks, the prolific Christmas songwriter is famous for his many Christmas hits such as “Holly Jolly Christmas ” and ” Rudolph The Red – Nosed Reindeer. ” This song was first released in 1958. Brenda Lee’s rendition, however, is one has been cemented in history. In a 2006 interview with the Chicago Tribune, Lee explained that she recorded this in July with Nashville producer Owen Bradley, saying “Owen had the studio all freezing cold with the air conditioning, and he had a Christmas tree all set up to kind of get in the mood just a little bit. We had a lot of fun.”

Holy Holy Holy – Kurt Carr

The American gospel music composer and performer actually served as a Minister of Music at The First Baptist Church of Hartford in Connecticut. The artist certainly has Jesus’s love running through his veins. The singer, however, did not grow up in a spiritual family at all, yet at 13, felt drawn to the church, and of course church music. There, together with the help of his acting chops, he developed in his school theatre class, and his passion for the Gospel, Carr turned into one of the most inspiring gospel performers of all time. His song Holy Holy Holy is perfect on a Christmas Eve.

Reason for The Season, Patti LaBelle

The famed Patti LaBelle, once considered by some to be Aretha Franklin’s rival, belts out her heartfelt take on the song ‘The Reason for the Season’. LaBelle’s Christmas album is filled with smooth and uplifting tunes that are guaranteed to light up your hearts and usher in the festive holiday spirit. It is the perfect mix between soulful praise and joyous holiday melody that only Patti LaBelle can pull off.

Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix

This award-winning a capella group gives a fresh new take on one of the oldest Christmas carols of our time. The five-member group aptly named the Pentanonix specializes mostly in covering Christmas songs by harmonizing beautifully orchestrated vocal arrangements and beatboxing. The band was formed only in 2011 and has already snatched up a bunch of Grammies, and various other internet-based awards, such as the YouTube Awards and the Streamy Awards, an award  that recognizes in online video production

Merry Christmas!

 

The LIMA 2018 Playlist

If you missed the unforgettable LIMA awards of 2018, and need your access to the biggest stars on the scene then here you have it. We, at Good Gospel Playlist have compiled a list of the top 4 LIMA winners.

CSO- Worship Song and Song of the Year  

The song ‘Holy Spirit’ won Worship Song and Song of the year. CSO, also known as Sharon Oyakhilome is a minister of the Gospel, singer, songwriter, bandleader, as well as the leader of Christ Embassy London.  As the daughter of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the artist grew up in the LoveWorld Nation. According to the artist, the song was written about the “most important person here on earth, the Holy Spirit.” The gospel starlet said that when she wrote the song she was “praying and fellowshipping with Him, He gave me the lyrics and the melody.” The beautiful music video was shot in breathtaking Switzerland.

UR Flames’ – Theme Song of The Year

Boyband UR Flames blew audiences away with their hit song and certainly did give everyone ‘something to shout about’. The song set the theme for the entire IPPC, making everyone get up and move, including the Loveworld president himself, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.  The duo is no strangers to success. UR Flames have also won awards for the best music video and have performed around the world to their millions of fans.

Testimony Jaga – Song of the Year

The Afro-pop dance track Jehovah is both a local and international hit. The artist, who was recently dubbed the gospel ‘King of the Streets‘ is famous for making music for the street youth of Lagos as well as at the world at large. Testimony was last year’s newcomer and has since received worldwide fame with his dance hits. The gospel star recently said in an interview in the Nigerian Tribune, how grateful he is for the platform he has received from his church leader, Pastor Chris.

Sinach- Best Female Vocalist 

Loveworld crooner and crowd favorite, Sinach won best female singer once again. The vocalist has been dubbed the queen of gospel, filling stadiums all over the world.  Sinach started in small prayer groups in her church choir and eventually went on to be on the biggest gospel singers alive today. Her song ‘I know who I am’ beautifully celebrates identity and belief in God.

There were certainly many more hit songs that evening that celebrated LMAM’s year of music. Just some of them include the first ever quintuple tie in Best Male Vocalist Category; Isaiah Samson, Martin PK, Eben, Obi Shine and Chris Shalom celebrated for exceptional vocals, Lewis, Singer of Hit Track and Best New Act winner, with the song Bulletproof and the UK Mass Choir who won Host Choir of the Year for UK Leaders’ & Partners’. For more songs from the LIMA playlist, click here

LoveWorld Ministry Mega Stars

Since the birth of the Pastor Chris‘s incredible Christ Embassy church, many prominent church figures have emerged from the holy sanctuary. Some of them have gone on to be highly successful spiritual leaders, while some have been busy in other ventures, such as music. These mega musicians are a force the church gospel world, inspiring their millions of followers with their praise, they are also the major players of the LoveWorld Music Ministry. While there is a huge amount of talent out there, we have picked out our top 5!

Chris Shalom.
Chris Shalom from his My Beautifier
Chris Shalom from his My Beautifier

Chris Shalom, the man behind the songs, My Beautifier, You Are Worthy and ‘In the Name of Jesus’ was dubbed by Pastor Chris as ‘the man with a golden voice’. As a Christ Embassy leader, ‘Shalom’ has ministered to millions with his uplifting soulful jams. A man who evokes tranquility and love for the Lord, he certainly does live up to his as Shalom is peace in Hebrew

Buchi Atuonwu.
Buchi - Judah music video
Buchi – Judah music video

Before Buchi rose to stardom as a Nigeria’s top reggae artist, the young man in fact was an English literature lecturer in the university of Lagos. Academic by day, Buchi started getting into the music scene after hours in some of Lagos’s hottest nightclubs as a DJ. In early 1990’s Atuonwu made his way into Christ Embassy church, the transition into reggae gospel, propelled him to becoming a multi award winning artiste.

Ikiri Lawrence.
Ikiri Lawrence - Your Love music video
Ikiri Lawrence – Your Love music video

The South African based Nigerian gospel singer comes from a family of musicians which steered him in the direction of music. Lawrence ultimately found his way into the gospel by having an unfortunate accident, leaving him badly injured. Thankful for surviving, he strengthened his connection to God and began singing in the church choir. This inspired him to write music and create the hit song ‘Hands in the Air’. The talented musician also produces and even started his own record label.

4. Joe Praize.
Joe Praize -Unchangeable music video
Joe Praize -Unchangeable music video

Joseph Omo Ebhodaghe, the man behind the song ‘Mighty God’. This hit song blew gospel fans away making him the star he is today. Today he serves as the praise and worship leader in Christ Embassy and has even collaborated with Sinach. In 2010 he won song of the year at the Love World Awards. Praize has also won awards such as the song of the year in 2010 and is also a Christ Embassy worship leader.

 Ayo Vincent.

You Are Great feat. Joe Praise

Ayo started singing in her church choir at just seven years old! The talented starlet has also been ministering In Christ Embassy for several years. Ayo has been honing her skills as promising songwriter. Her soulful voice has won her many collaborations with an array of artists, such as Samsong, Sinach, Femi Jacobs and Hope Davies, and more. Vincent has taken won Best Music Video from the prestigious Crystal Awards in 2014, as well as African Gospel Music Awards 2014.

Uplifting Music for The Soul

There are countless ways to rediscover the light. Sometimes, during times of sadness, an uplifting push is all you need. Songs with uplifting and inspiring lyrics and melodies can sometimes completely transform your mood.

Hearing the Lord’s soothing voice though music can change the way you see the world. For the times when all you need is a simple lift, listen to our top 5 songs from our uplifting gospel playlist!

Owl city

Owl City
Owl City, Abbey Olmsted (Billboard Magazine)

Adam Randal AKA Owl City creates uplifting and indie synth pop melodies with soothing lyrics that uplift the soul. This sweet voiced and fun synth playing soloist began composing melodies in his parent’s basement. Since then he has become of the world’s most successful pop artists.
The musician owes his inspiration to instrumental post rock genres and of course his devout faith, evident in the uplifting tracks such as in the songs “All Things Bright”, “Beautiful” and “Galaxies”. Explaining why the faith-filled song was added to the mix, he said, “I feel like if I were ever to hide the fact that that’s what’s so important to me, it would be a crime, that I should probably be put in jail for that.

Check it out his amazing song “My Everything”

Sam Jamz

Sam Jamz in the video 'Cream'
Sam Jamz in the video ‘Cream’

 

Spending a large part of his youth skipping church and getting up to ‘no good’, this former bad boy found himself being born again at the Christ Embassy. It was there he completely transformed his life.
The now award-winning Gospel rapper is also a member of the BLW RapNation and host of the LegallyME vlog. Sam Jamz’s music has a hint of Caribbean flavor coupled with catchy Afro-pop and the perfect ingredient to lift your spirits.

His track Holy Holy is guaranteed to light you up.

Eben

Eben
Eben from the video ‘Victory’

 

 

Eben, born Emmanuel Benjamin succeeds in combining a catchy mix of Afro-pop, hip-hop and dance-influenced music. The singer songwriter was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and began his career as a simple rapper before moving onto more complex studio productions.
The uplifting gospel hits “Imaranma,” “Good Day,” and “I Don Hammer’ garnered much attention and even won him a Worship Song of the Year award in 2015.

Joyful Noise will seriously improve your day!

Sinach

Groundbreaking Gospel Starlets
Sinach in the video “Way Maker”

Before this mega-starlet was filling up stadiums, she was choir member in the Christ Embassy. It was there she got her start in singing.
Born Osinachi Joseph, the vocalist spent many years in the church honing her talents as a worship leader and singer. Shortly after however, Sinach shot to stardom with countless hits. Her African Achievers’ Award for Global Excellence instantly put her put her on the map. Sinach’s breathtaking vocals and inspiring lyrics in “Way Maker” will lead you into a path of light.

Listen to Way Maker and be prepared for spiritual change.

Ada

Ada from the video Jesus (You Are Able)
Ada from the video Jesus (You Are Able)

 

At just 10, Ada was selected to be a member of a Nigerian all-girl band. Her music career was put on hold throughout her studies. This achiever got her degree in engineering at the Lagos State University. Like Sinach, it was though Christ Embassy that the artist found her way back into music. Singing in the choir gave her an amazing platform to start her international music career.
Listen to Ada’s “Only You Jesus”, a guaranteed boost.

 

For the full playlist, click here

Sinach On Love, Life and Jesus Christ

Sinach interview on Christian Premier Radio

Sinach has had an incredible journey from a local church singer to international gospel superstar. The multi-award winner has over 200 songs to her name and is responsible for such hits such as ‘I know who I am’ and ‘WayMaker’. Her song ‘This Is Your Season’ won the Song of the Year award in 2008. Sinach’s music has been performed in churches all over the world.

With all this success, comes great responsibility. Creating uplifting and moving music for millions of fans around the word can take its toll. As a mega star, striking the perfect balance between stardom and spirituality is challenging to say the least.  In an intimate one on interview, Damilola Okeke, of Premier Christian Radio, sat down with Gospel superstar Sinach, and discussed the nitty gritty issues of love, life and her relationship with Jesus Christ.

Before Sinach rose to be one of Nigeria’s mega gospel stars, she was serving in the church. Her music was mostly shared within community. When asked on how she felt before her rise to fame, Sinach said she was grateful as a servant of the church and simply felt “content” to share her music on the platform of the church.

“When you’re content with where God has placed you, he gives you more”

Sinach went on to express how she has dealt with success by not being anxious and enjoying every point in the journey of her success.
These were some great life lessons that the starlet has learned, and she has her close-knit family to thank for that.

“I have learned to trust God, how to move, not to move ahead of him, because when you move ahead of him you are going to get into trouble”

That’s not all she got to thank her family for. A lot of her musical inspiration came from the home. Her father would often play Anita Baker, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and many others. When Sinach met Pastor Chris however, her musical direction took quite a turn.  Sinach recalled a sermon by Pastor Chris about the holy spirit and salvation and said:

“Not only did I get born again, I got filled with the holy spirit…on the same day”.

Since that life-changing sermon, Sinach turned into the woman we know today, a Gospel superstar.

For the full interview, click on the link below.
https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/The-Profile/Episodes/Chick-Yuill-Sinach2