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

Testimony, The New Uprising Star of Christ Embassy

Testimony is making major waves in the LMAM music scene. This gospel prince has a LIMA best song of the year and has been leading troubled youths from the streets into a righteous path.

Testimony, originally born as Saliu Aliyu Olaiwola had a blossoming career before he found the church. Long before the gospel crossover, the artist was a rising secular star creating music and collaborating with some of the industry’s hottest artists. It took some time for the musician to make it into the world of gospel, but when Testimony stumbled into church music, it changed his life forever.

Testimony from his new music video 'Jehovah'
Testimony from his new music video ‘Jehovah’

Testimony fell into the church from an unfortunate incident. In 2011 the artist was wrongly accused of stealing a car. With no support and no evidence to back him up, the police arrested the rising star and sent him to prison for 4 months. It was in there, that Testimony prayed with all his might to God to see him through. Fortunately for him, his prayers were heard, and the musician was released. It was on that day that Testimony found himself in Christ Embassy, the church of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.

Pastor Chris welcomed the young artist and saw his potential. He believed in him, nurtured him and gave him a platform on which he could create music and reach millions of people. This gave Testimony a new sense of hope and belief, not only in God but also in himself. With all of this support, this led the artist to discover new ways to spread his message, thus the ‘Street Gospel Movement‘ was born.

Testimony performing at the 2018 LIMA awards
Testimony performing at the 2018 LIMA awards

The New Street Gospel Movement is a movement that uses music to spread the word of God to struggling street youths. This is a big part of Testimony’s work. He spends a lot of time finding kids to reach out to. He approaches these kids with his music and just simply talks to them, telling them, with a song, that there is a better path.

“If truly I am a gospel minister, where am I supposed to go back to share the good news? The streets. I am saying, “Hello, people, come and see what God has done for me. You too can join me”. That is my mindset and I promised God that if I can make it, I will go back from where I come from to tell everyone there. My songs are for the people in the streets.”

Testimony live streams about his new Gospel Street Movement
Testimony live streams about his new Gospel Street Movement

Countless Nigerian kids love Testimony’s music, as well as many around the world. They feel that he really speaks to them. This has gained him a massive amount of popularity, with people even dubbing him as the gospel version’ of the famous Nigerian musician, Olamide, ‘The King of the Streets’.
Christ Embassy has propelled these many gospel stars into global fame, with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome himself even stating at the recent LIMA awards, that “no music concert in the world makes sense without talents from here.”

Testimony is without a doubt one of these major talents. His song ‘Jehovah’ won him the LIMA song of the year in the Proto-stars category, yet the ‘boy from the streets’ insists that all of his success is because of one man, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.

 

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.