From the hallowed halls of Third Day to the intimate confines of his solo career, Mac Powell has always been an artist who knows how to stir the soul. With his new Christmas EP, simply titled “Christmas,” Powell delivers a heartfelt collection of tunes that perfectly capture the spirit of the season.
The EP kicks off with Christmas Time Again, My Friend, a heartwarming original penned by Powell himself alongside his daughter and son-in-law. The song’s gentle melody and nostalgic lyrics evoke a sense of childhood wonder and the cherished memories that make Christmas so special.
Next up is Powell’s unique rendition of Harry Connick Jr.’s classic I Pray On Christmas. Powell infuses the song with a soulful touch, his vocals resonating with heartfelt emotion. The track’s arrangement, featuring a lush string section and subtle piano flourishes, adds a touch of elegance and sophistication.
The EP’s midpoint features a faithful cover of the beloved Christmas standard Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. Powell’s interpretation is both soothing and uplifting, his voice conveying a sense of peace and goodwill that perfectly embodies the yuletide spirit.
The original track Jesus Christ Is Born, previously released in 2022, makes a fitting appearance on the EP. The song is a powerful declaration of faith, reminding us of the true essence of Christmas – the birth of Jesus Christ and the hope that his message brings.
Closing out the EP is Living Proof, a rousing gospel number that showcases Powell’s vocal prowess and the band’s tight musicianship. The song’s message of perseverance and hope resonates deeply, leaving a lasting impression on the listener long after the final note fades away.
With its blend of original compositions and timeless classics, “Christmas” is a welcome addition to the holiday music landscape. Powell’s heartfelt vocals and the EP’s warm, inviting production create a listening experience that is both comforting and uplifting. Whether you’re decorating the tree, enjoying a cozy fire, or simply seeking a moment of reflection, “Christmas” is the perfect soundtrack to the season.
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Joshua Swanson is the Editor-in-Chief of Worship Leader. He's also the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Authentic Media, Worship Leader's parent company, and the former CEO and Co-founder of the creative agency GTMA. His proudest achievement is his marriage to Rachael Joy and partnering with her in founding New Hope Children. As a performer and speaker, he’s appeared on TV networks like ABC, NBC, Lifetime, and Hallmark. His companies have worked with major brands like Sprint, Pokemon Go (he was also in a Pokemon movie), Pepsi, The Latin Grammys, the Billboard Awards, Corona and over 75 national developers. He’s narrated over a hundred audiobooks and was awarded Best YA Voice twice. His companies have been Inc. 5000 three different times.