With a passion to encourage congregational worship, create resources for churches and draw listeners closer to God, Highlands Worship releases Comfort and Joy today (Oct. 15) to digital retail and streaming outlets globally via The Fuel Music. The festive, 10 song Christmas offering features new and impeccable contemporary arrangements of beloved classics along with the original song “Greater.”
Recorded during the 2020 Christmas season at Church of the Highlands, one of the largest churches in America, the celebratory album features Highlands Worship and a 55-piece orchestra conducted by Brian Eads (Les Misérables) and made up of members of the Alabama, Atlanta and other symphonies across the Southeast.
“This was the best Christmas experience that I’ve ever been a part of,” shares Highlands Worship’s Chris Griffin. “The team pulled off a technically intricate night that involved each of our church’s 23 campuses and an online experience, all emphasizing the Hope of the season alongside a nostalgic thread that connected well-known lyrics and melodies with contemporary production and music.”
Produced and arranged by Griffin and mixed by Sam Gibson (Chris Tomlin, Jesus Culture, Elevation Worship), Comfort and Joy also features Wes Hampton (The Gaither Vocal Band), Jessica Gilmore (née Procter, Miss Alabama 2017), Jamie Rogan (Billy Currington’s drummer) and more of Highlands Worship’s team of 1,000+ members and 70+ full or part-time musicians.
Opening with an inspiring “God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen” and featuring an epic “Carol of the Bells” instrumental, the recording continues with Highlands Worship versions of memorable classics like “The First Noel,” “Away In A Manger,” “O Come All Ye Faithful” and more.
In addition to the album, churches are encouraged to bring this remarkable music to their own congregations this season. In the coming days, MultiTracks is planning to make available to worship teams the entire Comfort and Joy experience, including lighting, graphics, videos, instrumentation and more resources.
The complete Comfort and Joy track listing follows:
01. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
02. Away In A Manger
03. Carol of the Bells
04. Luke 2: 1-14 (Interlude)
05. O Come All Ye Faithful
06. The First Noel
07. Comfort and Joy (Interlude)
08. O Holy Night
10. Silent Night