As Christmas quickly approaches, the joy of the season sounds aloud through the halls of Celebration Radio. KAMB is looking forward to the new year and all that God has in store for us, but in these last few moments of 2022, we want to highlight an artist that will propel you, your kids, and your grandkids into 2023.
Ellie is a friendly familiar voice heard regularly on KAMB. Her solo debut, As Sure As The Sun (2014), landed her a Top 10 hit on Christian radio with “The Broken Beautiful” and a GMA Dove Award for “New Artist of the Year.” Since then, she has been hard at work. She has released three full-length albums of music and three children’s books with accompanying (EP) musical projects. Her latest release, Sounding Joy, became available on September 20th this year. (B&H Kids/B&H Publishing Group).
Sounding Joy, is a creative dive into the question; what does joy sound like? The reader travels through a beautiful Christmastime story full of life wonderfully illustrated by Laura Ramos. Christmas is celebrated in a way that only Ellie could do. She encourages each reader, young and old, to lift up their voice and repeat the sounding joy!
Purchase your copy of Ellie’s kid’s book “Sounding Joy” – https://www.ellieholcomb.com/store
Ellie keeps a full writing, touring, and performance schedule, while being a wife to fellow musician, Drew Holcomb, and a mom to their three kids. Ellie shared with The Christian Beat,
“My book and album (Sounding Joy) were inspired by the song ‘Joy to the World,’ and it’s an invitation to sing about the hope we have because God put skin on and moved into the neighborhood,”Ellie Holcomb
She is full of energy and successfully imparts that same energy into this song that will get you dancing through your kitchen as you prepare the Christmas goods and keep you singing long after the dirty dishes are clean and put away in the cupboard.
“Sounding Joy” |Ellie Holcomb|LIVE Acoustic Performance
“Sounding Joy” Written by Nathan Dugger and Ellie Holcomb
What does joy sound like? Is it quiet like snow? Does joy sound like the laughter of friends that you know? Is joy like the sound of a kiss on your cheek Or like holding your breath when you play hide and seek? Maybe joy sounds real loud like a” Hip Hip Hooray!” Or a whispered “I love you” at the end of the day? Well, joy sounds a little like all of these things, But a long time ago joy sounded like wings Sounding joy, joy, joy! If you can imagine, on a dark winter’s night, The sky filled with angels all shining with light And suddenly the shepherds and sheep down below Were surrounded by songs from that heavenly host Glad tidings! Great Joy! We are never alone God sent His Son to make heaven our home So, every Christmas, each girl, and each boy Could lift up their voice and repeat SOUNDING JOY Sounding joy, joy, joy! Sounding joy, joy, joy! So, every Christmas, we string up the lights To remember the way that those angels shone bright And we sing all the songs, and we bang all the drums To remember the day that God sent his Son Glad tidings! Great Joy! We are never alone God sent His Son to make heaven our home So, every Christmas, each girl, and each boy Could lift their voice and repeat SOUNDING JOY Sounding joy, joy, joy! Sounding joy, joy, joy! Sounding joy to the world, the Lord is come
Keep Up With Ellie
Ellie is a great follow @ellieholcomb on Instagram and her website has many resources to encourage your growth and personal walk with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
View her personal BLOG, DEVOTIONAL CONTENT, and MERCHANDISE (including her “Sounding Joy” project.) https://www.ellieholcomb.com/new-page
As we welcome this Christmas season, KAMB is excited to celebrate Christ’s birth with our listening family. Throughout the next few weeks, you’ll hear covers of traditional Christmas music as well as brand new songs by your favorite artists. One of the latest holiday hits is God Made a Way, a collaboration by Brandon Heath and Tasha Layton.
Brandon Heath and Tasha Layton
Brandon Heath has been a CCM favorite for several years. He initially began writing songs as a teen in Nashville. Around that same time, he also began exploring Christianity and soon came to faith in Christ. Both passions were eventually combined and led him to success in CCM. Heath released his first major album in 2006 and has followed it with several other albums throughout the past 18 years. From them, KAMB listeners will recognize songs like “Give Me Your Eyes”, “Your Love”, “Jesus In Disguise”, and others. With every great album, Heath has also received various music awards including eight Dove Awards, Grammy nominations, and an Emmy. In addition to his individual successes, Heath has also participated in several collaborations with other artists. His most recent work led him to fellow CCM artist, Tasha Layton.
Unlike Heath, Tasha Layton grew up in a Christian home but faced difficulty in her faith after a church split. Her trials prompted her to pursue religious studies in college, eventually leading her back to Christianity. After graduating, Layton moved to California and earned a Master of Divinity degree while working as a worship leader. She also spent a few years exploring her musical talents by auditioning for the ninth season of American Idol and later becoming a back-up vocalist for Katy Perry. In 2019, she made her debut into CCM. Layton’s popularity among listeners rose at a rapid pace as her two later songs— “Into the Sea” and “Look What You’ve Done”—attracted further attention. Thus far, her music has landed high rankings on Christian Billboard charts and a spot as a Top 5 female Christian artist in 2021.
As both Brandon Heath and Tasha Layton continue developing their careers, they also welcome Christmas through their beautiful collaboration God Made a Way.
God Made a Way
God Made a Way is a gentle and heartfelt reminder of exactly what God did for us by sending Jesus. Much like our infant Savior, the song is sweet but powerful in its delivery. Every lyric tells the story of Jesus’ birth and the love God demonstrated through it. Heath starts the song by singing of the birth, while Layton’s first words express a longing to have been there. The pair end the song by voicing a moment of reflection during the present time we live in. God Made a Way reminds us to pause and consider what the true celebration is all about this season. As the artists sing, we are invited to listen and sit in awe of our Savior with them. So much miraculous power and divine grace was swaddled in the tiny bundle of a baby. We were condemned, but our Lord intervened because of His love for us. What a night it must have been, and what a miracle we can grasp onto because God Made a Way.
God Made a Way by Brandon Heath and Tasha Layton (Official Music Video)
Watch the new music video for God Made a Way now by clicking on the link below!
That night when Jesus was born Back two thousand years or so Guess in the grand scheme of time It wasn't really that long ago When Mary laid down Holding onto Joseph It wasn't his child but He believed she was chosen That night when Jesus was born Two thousand years ago When God made a way God made a way A way in a manger God made a way God made a way A way in a manger Wish I could follow the star To that little town of Bethlehem Walk through the fields where those wise men And shepherds watched over him But what would I say, what would I bring What else could I do but just worship my king Wish I could follow the star To that little town of Bethlehem Where God made a way God made a way A way in a manger God made a way God made a way A way in a manger In his infinite love It had to be done He did the impossible And gave up his son Jesus God made a way A way in a manger For God so loved the world And God still loves the world Look at all His hands have made It was God who made a way For God so loved the world And God still loves the world His only son to save It was God who made a way As I sit down in the quiet In the dark of this living room Snow falling outside my window I can't help but think of you That God made a way God made a way A way in a manger There was no other way God made a way A way in a manger
Much of this Christmas season may already be overwhelming you. There are relatives to see, friends to catch up with, meals to prepare, and probably some gifts to exchange. However, as you go about the busyness of the holidays, remember Who this season is about. Enjoy the time you have with loved ones and eat all the food you can handle, but also remember Jesus.
When you turn your radios on over these next few weeks, listen in for God Made a Way. In addition to Brandon Heath and Tasha Layton, you will also hear great music from other artists you love. To find more listening options for KAMB, visit our Ways to Listen and Where to Listen pages.
Luke 2:1-20 The story of Jesus’ birth and those who came to visit him.
Isaiah 7:14 One of the prophecies regarding Jesus’ birth.
Genesis 3:15 Another prophecy regarding Jesus’ birth.
The Christmas song by Passion – Grace Of God With Us, sums up the purpose of Christmas. The Prophet Isaiah foretold the coming Messiah would be the Wonderful Counselor, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. He was to be Emmanuel, God With Us. And He is! First, we will briefly introduce you to Passion. Then we will discuss the meaning behind the words of the song, Grace Of God With Us, and watch the video. Finally, we will delve into the scriptures fulfilled in Christ and touched on in this beautiful song.
Passion has been around since 1995 and was founded by Louie and Shelley Giglio. Passion is a ministry to young people, 18-25, whose lives are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. They are “..committed to leading people towards renewed intimacy with God and fresh encounters of worship.” Throughout the years, you have heard many popular artists who recorded and performed with Passion including Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, and Crowder. Currently, Passion is led by Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker, and Melodie Malone. You should recognize “Glorious Day,” “How Great Is Our God,” “God Of This City,” “One Thing Remains,” “There’s Nothing That Our God Can’t Do,” “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” and the current Christmas single, “Grace Of God With Us.” You can learn more about Passion including tour dates on their website, https://passionmusic.com/.
What does “Grace Of God With Us” mean?
Christmas is so much more than presents and decorations. To understand the significance of a baby in a manger, you must understand that this babe is Christ. He is God with us! God the Son, Jesus, became a man to reconcile us to God the Father. Because of His sinless life, death, and resurrection, we are made right before God. He did this for all mankind. This is God’s undeserved favor or grace. First, you must realize and confess your sins to God. This is what we call repentance. Then accept His sacrifice that paid the price for your sins. After that, you will experience His forgiveness. Now you are reborn into the life that you were meant to live. Welcome to the family. Now the grace of God is with you!
Watch the following video and listen to the song by Passion – Grace Of God With Us featuring Chidima.
Wonderful And wise in counsel Forever mighty God Precious Father Everlasting Blessed Prince of Peace CHORUS Glory to God In the highest Jesus our Savior The grace of God with us The kings of earth Rest on Your shoulders You rule on David’s throne Your kingdom here Is now established Christ our Lord of Lords CHORUS Born that we Might know forgiveness Born that we should live With joy and hope And expectation Our King will come again CHORUS
What does the Scripture say?
For to us a child is born: Isaiah 9:6
God with us: Matthew 1:23
In conclusion, Christmas is about so much more than gifts and decorations. The exciting truth is that God is with us, (those who accept Him as their Savior). Make this your best Christmas ever, by accepting the Grace of God With Us!
Lastly, be sure to check out all the great Christmas music heard on Celebration Radio during the Christmas Festival of Music. You can tune us in at these frequencies or join us online. Merry Christmas!