Personnel includes: Amy Grant, Grace Stumb (vocals); Tom Hemby, Biff Watson (acoustic guitar); Jerry McPherson (electric guitar); Bobby Taylor (oboe); Tim Morrison (trumpet); Michael Omartian (piano); Jimmy Lee Sloas, Craig Nelson (bass); John Hammond (drums); Alvin Chea, Randy Crenshaw, Rick Logan, Mervyn Waters, Vince Gill, Don Shelton, Lisa Bevill, J.D. Cunningham, Michael Mellett, Beverly Darnall (background vocals); The Patrick Williams Orchestra
& Choir, Nashville Pipes & Drums, Nashville Studio Orchestra.
Engineers include: Al Schmitt, Ron Huff, Terry Christian.
Recorded at Sony Pictures Studio, Culver City, California; Sound House Studio, Brentwood, Tennessee; Sound Kitchen, Franklin, Tennessee.
Personnel: Amy Grant (vocals); Grace Stumb (vocals); Biff Watson (guitar, acoustic guitar); Dennis Budimir, John Goux (guitar); Tom Hemby (acoustic guitar); Jerry McPherson (electric guitar); Marcia Dickstein, Mary Alice Hoepfinger (harp); Assa Drori, Al Hershberger, Connie Ellisor, Carolyn Osborn , Karen Winkelmann, Jennifer Walton, Henry Gronnier, Ronald Folsom, Tiffany Yi Hu, Gerald Greer, Paul Tobias , Carrie Wann, Denise Baker, Beverly Drukker, Kristin Fife, Karen Jones , Bob Sanov, Joann Cruthirds, Gwen Heller, Eve Butler, Betty Small, Clayton Haslop, David Stenske, Mary Kathryn Van Osdale, Pamela Sixfin, David Davidson , Lee Larrison, Alan Umstead, Darius Campo, Liane Mautner, David Angell, Miwako Watanabe, Catherine Umstead, Janet Askey, Endre Granat (violin); Bruce Christensen, Kathryn Plummer, Raymond Tischer, Victoria Miskolczy, Keith Greene, Jim Grosjean, Simon Oswell, Kris Wilkinson, Monisa Angell, Gary VanOsdale (viola); Jay Dawson (pipe); Lee Levine (clarinet); Bobby Taylor (oboe); Cynthia Estill (bassoon); Dan Higgins , David Shostac, Sheridon Stokes, Barbara Northcutt (woodwinds); Tim Divers, Jon Lewis , Malcolm McNabb, Mike Haynes , Rick Baptist, Warren Luening, Wayne Bergeron, Jeff Bailey , Tim Morrison, George Tidwell (trumpet); Paul Klintworth, Linda Patterson, Katie Hagen, Joy Worland, Marni Johnson , Mark Adams , Jennifer Kummer (French horn); Prentiss Hobbs, Alex Iles, Kenneth Kugler, Chris McDonald, William Booth , Bill Elton, Chauncey Welsch, Ernie Collins, William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (trombone); Gil Long, Jim Self (tuba); Michael Lang , Michael Omartian (piano); David Huntsinger (harpsichord); Craig Nelson (electric bass); Chris McHugh, Gregg Field, John Hammond , Carol Davis (drums); Dale Anderson, Eric Darken (percussion); J.D. Cunningham, Lisa Bevill, Michael Mellett (background vocals); Patrick Williams, Ronn Huff & The Nashville Studio Orchestra.
Audio Mixers: Al Schmitt; Terry Christian .
Recording information: Sony Pictures, Studio, Culver City, CA; Sound House, Brentwood, TN; SOund Kitchen, Franklin, TN.
Arrangers: Michael Omartian; Patrick Williams; Ronn Huff.
Eminently photogenic pop vocalist Amy Grant's holiday album A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER is a pleasant collection that mixes Christmas standards, stirring instrumentals, and some of Grant's own late-winter compositions. Throughout, the singer receives generous backing support from the Patrick Williams Orchestra and Choir, as well as the Nashville Studio Orchestra.
Originals include the album-opening title track as well as the delicate "Christmas Lullaby," on which Grant shares the spotlight with child vocalist Grace Stumb. The strains of bagpipes introduce the orchestral instrumental "Highland Cathedral." Grant's treatments of Christmas vocal standards are impressive, as her "Silent Night" and "Jingle Bell Rock" work the transporting magic that these Christmas chestnuts are known for.
Entertainment Weekly (12/10/99, p.107) - "...her most religious album in eons, her unstrained voice providing balm for the post-mall jitters..." - Rating: B-