This song was written by Don Cook, Bergen White, and Keith Whitley. It was recorded by Alabama… included on their album, Christmas.
Don Kirby Cook (born May 25, 1949) is an American record producer and songwriter whose work is mainly in the field of country music. Many prominent artists have recorded Cook’s material.
Bergen White is a prominent arranger, singer and songwriter in the Nashville, TN, area. He had a brief recording career in the 1970s.
Jackie Keith Whitley (July 1, 1955 – May 9, 1989) was an American country music singer. Born in Ashland, Kentucky, Whitley grew up in nearby Sandy Hook, Kentucky. He began his career there in 1970, performing in Ralph Stanley’s band. Establishing himself as a lead singer in bluegrass music, Whitley moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1983 and began his recording career there. On May 9, 1989, he suffered alcohol poisoning at his home in Nashville, and died as a result. His death came in the wake of several years of alcoholism. During his career, Whitley only recorded 2 albums but charted 12 singles on the Billboard country charts, and 7 more after his death.
Alabama is an American country and Southern rock band formed in Fort Payne, Alabama, in 1969. The band was founded by Randy Owen (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and his cousin Teddy Gentry (bass guitar, background vocals). They were soon joined by another cousin, Jeff Cook (lead guitar, fiddle, and keyboards). First operating under the name Wildcountry, the group toured the Southeast bar circuit in the early 1970s, and began writing original songs. They changed their name to Alabama in 1977 and following the chart success of 2 singles, were approached by RCA Records for a record deal.
Alabama’s biggest success came in the 1980s, when the band had over 27 #1 hits, 7 multi-platinum albums, and received numerous awards. The band’s popularity waned slightly in the 1990s, though they continued to produce hit singles and multi-platinum album sales. Alabama disbanded in 2003 following a farewell tour and 2 albums of inspirational music, but reunited in 2010 and have continued to record and tour worldwide.
The band’s blend of traditional country music and Southern rock combined with elements of gospel, and pop music gave it a crossover appeal that helped lead to their success. They also toured extensively and incorporated production elements such as lighting and “sets” inspired by rock concerts into their shows. The band has over 30 #1 country records on the Billboard charts to their credit and have sold over 75 million records, making them the most successful band in country music history.
This album has long been a Christmas favorite of our family.
This song reminds us of the real reason for the season.
Bible Reference… Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-7
Out here in the country, there’s magic in the air;
it’s the middle of December… there’s excitement everywhere.
Everyone’s invited, the celebration’s planned.
The gift is just what’s in your heart, and not what’s in your hand.
Who’s the One we need to thank; Who’s the party for?
Who’s the One responsible for all this peace and joy?
Who deserves the credit for the blessings we enjoy?
Preacher said last Sunday, it was Joseph and Mary’s Boy.
There were times we didn’t think we’d make it through the year;
the bankers tried to take our farms, but somehow we’re still here.
I don’t know how the crops survived the drought, and then the rain;
it must have been a miracle. How else could you explain? (CHORUS)
The Christ Child born in Bethlehem; He was Joseph and Mary’s boy.