Acclaimed Nashville-based singer Michael W. Smith assembled an all-star cast of guests to record The Spirit of Christmas, his fourth holiday collection. A mainstay on the Christian charts, Smith applies his crossover appeal on a big, boisterous, warm-hearted Christmas collection that boasts Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Amy Grant, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Bono, and Michael McDonald as collaborators. The festive big-band sound suits him well as he and his guests deliver nostalgic classics like "The Miracle of Christmas," "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," and "White Christmas" backed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
AllMusic Review by Timothy Monger
The Spirit of Christmas: Deck the Halls/Good King Wenceslas/O Little Town of Bethlehem/Feels Like Christmas/O Come All Ye Faithful