My friend Peggy Smith Pearson has always spread sunshine wherever she goes, no matter what challenge she might be experiencing in her personal life. I first met her when she was dating my friend and collaborator John V. Pearson whom I met while singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
More Music Features
This weekend will likely be filled with repeated renditions of the carols you've come to know and love. In case you're ready for a musical refreshment--something you haven't heard quite as often--here is Paul Cardall's melodic rendition of 'Son of God.'
This past week my wife and I were fortunate to catch a Christmas concert by The Nashville Tribute Band, of whom I’d heard many good things but had never personally been exposed. I was so impressed that I bought their new Christmas album, Merry, upon exiting the show.
David Archuleta has just released a touching Christmas song on video that was created in a remarkable way.
I recently had the opportunity to attend a performance by one of the most unique talents of the LDS music scene. Paul “Cactus Jack” La Marr is an Australian Mormon who performed live at an event I attended last month. I was stunned (and very moved) by his soulful, passionate takes on Latter-day hymns.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of “The Forgotten Carols”, but Michael McLean didn’t set out to start a Christmas tradition. In fact those many years ago when Deseret Book asked Michael if he’d like to create a Christmas album, he answered, “Why? Who needs more Christmas music?