Pentatonix singing Mary, Did You Know?

Another great song from Pentatonix, Mark Lowry’s “Mary, Did You Know?”

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New Music on Christmas 24/7 Classical

I’ve just added about five hours of new music to Christmas 24/7 Classical. Artists, performers and groups include:

  • Larry Dalton, and the National Philharmonic Orchestra Of London
  • Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
  • Ensemble Galilei
  • Manor House String Quartet

Christmas 24/7 Classical is currently ranked as the 450th most popular station at Live365. Not bad, out of more than 6,000 stations. Thanks for listening!

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Video: Brian McKnight, The First Noel

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Video: The Piano Guys, Carol of the Bells

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Video: Exit 245 – “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

Check out the first Christmas video of Exit 245 (an all-male a cappella group from Harrisonburg, VA). Leading the song is Salem (VA) High School graduate Sam Valentine.

Learn more about Exit 245 at Exit245.com.

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Silent Night is the Favorite Christmas Song of 2013

And after a busy two weeks of voting by our listeners, we have our winner! Taking 57% of the final vote, Silent Night was declared to be the 2013 Christmas Song of the Year. A huge thank you to everyone who voted.

The two individual recordings that were favorited the most were by Mannheim Steamroller
and the Mormom Tabernacle Choir.

Now that I’ve done this once, next year we’ll be able to actually work down to which exact version of a song is our listener’s favorite. So if you’re an artist, or just a fan of a specific version of a Christmas song, let me know and I’ll start figuring out a way to mke this work in 2014.

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Vote in the Finals for Christmas Song of the Year

After two weeks of voting, and with hundreds of submitted votes, we are down to two Christmas songs. The finalists are: Do You Hear What I Hear? vs Silent Night. Please only vote once, and tell me what performer sings your favorite version of that song, and why you prefer that song over the other.

And voting is now closed.

The placements were based on your votes in the previous rounds. See the complete bracket at Vote for Christmas Song of the Year.

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Vote in the Semi-finals for Christmas Song of the Year

And then there were four. What started with 32 great and familiar Christmas songs is now only four. And a great four songs we have!

And voting is now closed. Voting in the Finals will open shortly, probably around 2pm Eastern time.

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Vote in the Quarterfinals for Christmas Song of the Year

Here are the quarter-finals for this year’s Christmas songs. The placements were based on your votes in the previous rounds. A winner will be declared late this week. See the complete bracket at Vote for Christmas Song of the Year.

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Voting in the Sweet 16 Christmas Songs (Part 2)

Voting for Christmas Song of the Year is now open. Today we will be voting on the bottom half of the Sweet Sixteen bracket. Yesterday we did the top half. And next week we will work all the way down to the Christmas Song of the Year. Continue reading

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