MOST OF US will be surprised to learn that Elvis Presley’s Christmas Album is the best selling ‘festive release’ in history.
To date, the 1957 album has sold more than 16 million copies – and that’s just in the US.
Other artists in the Christmas ‘best sellers’ list of ‘all time’ include Josh Groban’s 2007 album Noel, Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, Susan Boyle’s The Gift, Kenny Rogers’ Christmas and Amy Grant’s Home For Christmas which has sold more than three million copies.
This week on iTunes in Australia, almost 20% of the Top 100 albums are ‘holiday projects’ and the ‘best sellers’ include Christmas from Michael Buble, Merry Christmas (Mariah Carey), That’s Christmas To Me (Pentatonix) and numerous compilation albums featuring everyone from Frank Sinatra to Band Aid and Guy Sebastian.
Aaron Guilmette, [GIL-MET] the Music Manager at Koorong says Christmas albums are striking a chord this year in the Christian community with strong releases from MercyMe, The Rend Collective and Chris Tomlin. 1616
While it’s been common for more than 60 years for American artists to record Christmas projects, Aussies have been a little slower on the uptake.
Hillsong Worship, Compliments Of Gus, Colin Buchanan, Nathan Tasker, Marina Prior, and Roma Waterman have recorded Christmas projects, while Ryan Day, Anna Weatherup, Shari [Sherry] Hall, Paul Morrison, Sharny Russell, The Melbourne Gospel Choir, and Victoria’s Kardinia Church have recorded individual songs.
One man who’s got a connection with three of these projects is Justin Michael. He’s the lead singer of Compliments Of Gus, a pastor at Kardinia, and previously sang with the Melbourne Gospel Choir.
Justin says that sharing clips and lyric videos on social media has been a trigger for Aussie artists to invest in releasing ‘festive songs’?