Johnny Schaefer

Johnny Schaefer

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Pop - General | Los Angeles, California, United States
Total Song Plays: 1,213   
Member Since: 2015
   Last Login: 12/7/2019
   Sounds Like: Josh Groban, Michael Buble

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Song Description

I didn't want to record this because it has been done so well by so many, but I met with Grammy-nominated harpist Carol Robbins and we found a way to do it as an uplifitng jazz waltz. Sometimes I feel that renditions of it can get a bit dirgy. The combination of harp, bass and light drums played by brushes creates the perfect ambiance for a kind of quiet joy and reverence.

Story Behind the Song

O, Holy Night is one of the all-time Christmas classics. It celebrates the wonder of Christmas Eve with beautiful poetry and melodic lines.

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O, Holy night (A. Adame)
When I mentioned I was recording a Christmas album a lot of people requested this song. My initial thought was not to record it because it has been sung so well by so many. Harpist Carol Robbins and I discussed a way to treat it more lightly with a quiet joy, since I think it is sometimes performed in a very somber manner. I think her jazz waltz arrangement is spot on and she helped me record it at the USC School of Cinematic Arts with first-rate jazz players.
O, Holy night, the stars are brightly shining
it is the night of our dear savior's birth
long lay the world in sin and error pining
til He appeared and the soul felt it's worth
the 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, O night, when Christ was born
O night divine, O night, O night divine

Truly he taught us to love one another
His law is love and his gospel is peace
chains shall he break for the slave is our brother
and in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
with all our hearts we praise His glorious name
Christ is the Lord then ever, ever praise we
His power and glory ever more proclaim
His power and glory ever more
ever more proclaim

Song Length
Unique - Holiday, Jazz - Smooth Jazz
Tempo / Feel
Medium Slow (91 - 110)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Blissful, In High Spirits

Subject Matter
Holidays, Tonight, Night, Evening

Similar Artists
Michael Buble, Sting
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Adolphe Adam (Public domain)
Music Credits Placied Cappeau (Public domain)
Producer Credits Buddy Halligan
Publisher Credits Carol Robbins, BMI
Performance Credits Johnny Schaefer, ASCAP
Label Credits Auditory Verve Music, C D Baby