CBN.com Names Jean Watson’s Stirring Version of “Carol of the Bells” One of the Top New Christmas Songs of 2019
Internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, and classically trained violinist Jean Watson is celebrating the holidays with a special Christmas present. Her stunning instrumental version of the beloved Christmas song, “Carol of the Bells,” from her new Christmas album, For Unto Us, has been named one of the Top New Christmas Songs of 2019 by CBN.com.
“What an honor to be included on this list with so many amazingly talented artists,” says Watson. “It is humbling and quite gratifying to be recognized by such a respected outlet as CBN.com. But the best part is that it shines a light on the music, which hopefully will point people to the source of the Christmas season, which is the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
“The creation of the music itself was a long process,” Watson recalls. “I started pondering how to create an arrangement of “Carol of the Bells” back in the spring. It turned out to be one of those songs that was built slowly, piece by piece, over a long period of time. I started with a basic structure, and my producer, Billy Smiley, had the idea of adding ambient vocals in the middle to help the song build, and we added additional musicians to create the rest. When I heard the finished product, I knew this powerful music needed a video.”
“Carol of the Bells” is featured on For Unto Us, Watson’s new 11-song collection of classic carols that features fresh arrangements by Watson, production by celebrated contemporary Christian music pioneer Billy Smiley (WhiteHeart) for Northern Shore Productions, and guest collaborations with CCM legends including Russ Taff (“What Child is This,” “Silent Night”), David Meece (“One Small Child”), Phil Keaggy on acoustic and electric guitars, and Matt Slocum (of Sixpence None The Richer) on cello.
For more information on Watson, For Unto Us, and Watson’s daily radio show, Jean Watson, which airs on United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) Ireland, visit jeanwatson.com.