NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Christmas in Heaven, a song written by Lifeway Worship songwriters, is on Scotty McCreery’s Christmas album slated for release Oct. 16.
Lifeway Worship is a church worship resource provider and song publisher within Lifeway Christian Resources.
McCreery came to national fame after winning the 10th season of American Idol as well as prestigious industry awards, such as New Artist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards and Best New Artist at the American Country Awards in December 2010. He was also ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s list of Top New Country Artists for 2011.
“These are exciting days for us at Lifeway Worship,” said Craig Adams, manager of creative development and publishing for Lifeway Worship.
“Great songs always find their way,” said Adams. “This one is distinctively Christmas. It will filter down through other artists, groups, churches, schools and choirs, even into other languages around the world.”
Adams expects Christmas in Heaven to become a new perennial Christmas favorite because of McCreery’s talent and the message of the song.
“It’s the hope of heaven at Christmas,” he said.
“For many people, Christmas can be a time of pain,” Adams said. “This could be a song of healing. It comes from the perspective of someone whose loved one has passed away. As the person takes in the sights and sounds of the Christmas season, they wonder what must it be like to celebrate the arrival of Jesus on Earth from heaven.”
“I just wanted it to be holly and jolly and really lift people’s spirits in the Christmas season because it’s supposed to be a happy time,” McCreery said. “But I also wanted to get across the real reason for the season. Christmas in Heaven is my favorite song on the album and it really speaks to that.”
Adams said, “As Lifeway Worship, we want to generate songs of faith that will last for countless generations. We strive to raise up songs that impact culture for Jesus Christ.”
McCreery is slated to appear Oct. 18 on Lifeway Worship’s monthly web TV show, The Choir Room.
Lifeway Worship’s song publishing efforts date back to 2004. Since then the team has worked with artists and songwriters such as Nicole C. Mullen, B.B. McKinney, Aaron Keyes, Brian Free and Assurance, Shelley E. Johnson, David M. Edwards, and other Christian artists.
Since signing with Lifeway, Johnson’s songs have been recorded by Steve Green, Michael W. Smith, Elliott Yamin (American Idol finalist), and Brian Free and Assurance. His music has been featured in more than 200 choral and print projects. Three of his songs were included in the 2008 Baptist Hymnal.
As a songwriter, Marino has penned 16 Top 10 singles. He was also named Lifeway songwriter of the year for 2010 and 2011. As a performer, he has sung with the vocal trio, River, for 20 years, serving as the group’s producer, vocalist and primary songwriter.
Together, the songwriting duo worked with the Vacation Bible School team to write three of the five songs for the 2013 VBS theme, all performed by Dove Award-winning artist Jamie Grace.
“Without Paul and Jeremy there would be no Christmas in Heaven,” said Adams. “They were our first two exclusive songwriters and this was one of the first songs they wrote for Lifeway Worship from their pen.
To learn more about the music ministry of Lifeway Worship visit their website at LifeWayWorship.com.
Lyrics to Christmas in Heaven (by Jeremy Johnson/Paul Marino):
December hasn’t changed
This town looks the same
They still light that tree in the city square
There’s red, white, and green shining everywhere
And I wish you were here
And I wonder –
Is the snow falling down on the streets of gold
Are the mansions all covered in white
Are you singing with angels, “Silent Night”
I wonder what Christmas in heaven is like
There’s a little manger scene
Down on Third and Main
I must’ve walked right by it a thousand times
But I see it now in a different light
‘Cause I know you are there
And I wonder
Are you kneeling with shepherds before Him now
Can you reach out and touch His face
Are you part of that glorious, holy night
I wonder what Christmas in heaven is like
REPEAT CHORUS 1
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By Jon D. Wilke, Lifeway Communications