Clay Aiken – No One Sings Carols Better!

No one sings Christmas Carols better than Clay Aiken.  Somehow, his voice just soars when he sings the beautiful songs of the season. His album, “Merry Christmas With Love set a record for 1st week sales of a holiday album with sales of 270,010.  When Clay released his Holiday EP, “All Is Well” in 2006, he added four more beautiful songs to his library of recorded Christmas Carols.

Clay included one of the most loved traditional Christmas Carols, “O, Holy Night,” on his album. This carol has been named one of the most beautiful of all Christmas Carols, with excellent lyrics and a beautiful melody.

The author of the lyrics was Placide Cappeau who lived in the historic city of Avignon. He was a commissionaire of wines, and an occasional writer of poetry. The local parish priest asked Cappeau to write a Christmas poem.

On a trip to Paris, Cappeau took the poem to the composer Adolphe Adam.  Adam was the composer of over 80 stage works. Adam wrote the tune in a few days, and the song received its premier at the midnight mass on Christmas Eve 1847.

There is some interesting trivia associated with this song: in 1906, Canadian inventor Reginald Fessenden made what many consider to be the first ever radio broadcast in Brant Rock, Massachusetts. His brief broadcast included him playing “O Holy Night” on the violin, making it the first song ever broadcast on radio.

 


“O, Holy Night”

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining;
This is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, oh night when Christ was born;
O night, oh holy night, oh night divine.

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, oh night when Christ was born;
O night, oh holy night, oh night divine.

 

No one sings this beautiful carol better than Clay Aiken!!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf8589ahRMI


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Comments

  1. Musicfan..you are right…..no one sings Christmas songs better…… Thanks for the clip of O Holy Night of Clay singing in concert….It's a wonderful version of that song…and Clay's voice just soars…

    Hugs,
    Judy

  2. I love this version that he sang for his Christmas in the Heartland tour.
    Love all of Clay Aiken's Christmas songs–he has become Mr. Christmas for me–love playing them and even have to listen a bit all during the year.

    I think he would do well with another Christmas album–so many more Christmas songs I'd love to hear him sing.

  3. I love ALL of Clay Aiken's Christmas songs, but O Holy Night is one of my favorites. I never tire of listening to it! I hope at some point he does another Christmas album.

  4. Thank you for this interesting article on "O Holy Night". Enjoyed it and had never heard it before. I have loved this song since I was a child and really loved Clay's rendition. His heart and soul really come through when He does Christmas songs. Really hope somewhere in his future and ours, he does another Christmas album. Know it would be awesome!

  5. No one…and I mean no one will ever compare with Clay in singing Christmas Songs. He was made to sing them. I have always called him Mr. Christmas. That was proven when MCWL came out and sold so many. I loved the whole Christmas In The Heartland shows. They were arranged very well. Especially Oh Holy Night. Just beautiful. I hope he does make another Christmas Album in the future. Your article on this was spot on. Thank you!!

  6. Musicfan,

    We are all in agreenment. No one sings Christmas songs like Clay Aiken. Thank you for featuring "O Holy Night," one of my favorites.

    Thank you for your kind comment in the Carolina blog. Have a great week!

    Caro

  7. Clay Aiken is the best, no doubt about it

    O Holy Night has always been my favorite traditional Christmas Carol, and Clay's version is absolutely sublime. Thanks!

  8. All his Christmas songs are wonderful. I listen to Merry Christmas with Love and All is Well all through the season. I think Clay singing All is Well is pretty much serendipity. Doesn't get any better than that!

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