Justin Rizzo's Christmas is a unique blend of traditional carols, instrumental and spontaneous songs, and original compositions that provoke, inspire, and celebrate the coming of Jesus to the earth. With guest solos, choirs, supplemental verses complementing established songs, acoustic guitar tracks, and full orchestral arrangements, this album offers listeners a great variety, both musically and lyrically, while staying focused on the humble King who is returning.
This 15-song collection includes beautiful renditions of traditional favorites like “Away in a Manger,” “Silent Night,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” Another noteworthy favorite is the high-energy medley of “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” and “Joy To the World,” beautifully performed along with Justin's fellow worship leader and friend, Laura Hackett. Rounding out the traditional favorites are “O Holy Night,” sung by Justin, his wife, Naomi, and worship leader, Jaye Thomas. The trio of voices is the perfect blend for this powerful Christmas standard that does not disappoint. In “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” a host of beloved worship leaders from the International House of Prayer in Kansas City – Misty Edwards, Jon Thurlow, Laura Hackett, Jaye Thomas, Luke Wood, Anna Blanc, and Tim Reimherr – join Justin, each adding their signature to this unforgettable rendition.
Even with such established holiday favorites, Justin's powerful original songs provide some of the best moments on this album. Listeners will be stirred by the spontaneous and thought-provoking, "An Angel's Song" and those who have followed his music will recognize the worshipful, “One Found Worthy,” with its simple but stirring chorus, “God, You became a man/You took on flesh/You're so beautiful.” Other familiar offerings include the anthem, “The Kingdoms of this World,” and the powerful “Incarnation Song,” co-written with Justin's wife, Naomi, and worship leader, Anna Blanc.