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Hi Guys! I cannot stop listening to this pure and stunning Christmas album put together by two Les Miserables 3NT alumni (Dallyn Vail Bayles and Mindy Smoot Robbins) with stunning arrangements by Kurt Bestor.
1- O Holy Night (Duet)
2- Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (Dallyn)
3- Mary’s Lullaby (by John Rutter) (Mindy)
4- What Child is This? (Duet – based on the Bocelli and Blige arrangement)
5- Angels We Have Heard On High / Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (Dallyn)
6- Wexford Carol (Duet)
7- In The Bleak Midwinter (Mindy)
8- Gesu Bambino (Duet)
9- I Wonder As I Wander (Dallyn)
10- Silent Night (Mindy and a little Dallyn)
11- BONUS: The Prayer (feat. One Voice Children’s Choir – Masa Fukuda) (Duet)
From Mindy and Dallyn:
CHRISTMAS is truly the most wonderful time of the year. It is a season of gift-giving, service, love, and especially music. For this album we have selected some of our most beloved Christmas songs centered on the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and His mission. Our hope is that amidst the hustle and bustle of shopping, decorating and wrapping, listening to these timeless melodies and their
sacred lyrics will bring greater peace in our lives and remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. We invite you to journey with us to that holy night in Bethlehem and ponder the significance of Jesus’s birth in your own life. May we honor and celebrate Him during this sacred season and always.
Friends will tell you that I believe Dallyn‘s voice is touched by God Himself. I have all 3 of his albums [try streaming them on Amazon with a free 30 day trial]. My favourite of his albums is Songs of Redeeming Love. I have track #3 constantly on repeat! Best version E-V-E-R).
And I am thrilled to say that their Christmas album, O Holy Night, is available on iTunes and Amazon (and both of their streaming services) so I have been listening nonstop these last few hours. And it is beyond beautiful and most certainly my favourite Christmas album now.
Mindy (whom I had seen in the ensemble of Les Mis when she was Sutton Foster’s understudy) shines vocally in a way that surprised even me who had listened (cough, cough) to some of the old school 3NT clips of her as Eponine. Her versions of Mary’s Lullaby and Bleak Midwinter are gorgeous and will possibly have you reaching for a handkerchief.
And what can be said of Dallyn’s renditions of favourites such as I Wonder as I Wander (gives me chills! goosies! will definitely be played on repeat!) and Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (that voice! gloria!)? His voice truly is a gift from God and what a blessing to the rest of us that we may enjoy it thanks to these albums both physical and digital.
And there is no denying that when their voices weave together on duets like O Holy Night angels in Heaven must be singing along in rapture. And I don’t believe I ever heard and paid attention to Wexford Carol quite like I did listening to the duo’s heavenly duet. The song (as were others!) came alive for me as if I was hearing it for the first time ever.
Arranger Kurt Bestor has done a fantastic job with the arrangements to make these classic pieces fresh and help them come alive with each new listen. And a big shout out to the orchestra for matching the singers at every note and allowing them to shine.
For those who are not part of the Mormon church, such as myself, you need not worry that there will be songs you cannot relate to on this album. The musical numbers are all appropriate for anyone who wants to listen to some classical and beautiful Christmas music. True, those who believe in the Saviour will likely appreciate it more so but everyone will be able to take something beautiful away from this album.
If there’s one Christmas album you buy this year, I highly recommend this Christmas album that will be sure to bring joy to you and yours year after year.