This song was written by Harrie McCollough and (his ex-wife) Joyce Martin McCollough. It was recorded by the Martins… included on their album, Light Of The World.
The Martins are a Christian music vocal trio composed of 3 siblings: Joyce Martin Sanders, Jonathan Martin, and Judy Martin Hess.
Discovered by Michael English and Mark Lowry with Bill Gaither at the 1987 National Quartet Convention mid-day booth cleanup. The kids, then ages 15, 16 and 17 were singing a capella in an empty Civic Center after being rejected by a local record company who told them to go back home and forget about trying to make it in “the business.”
But, following a weekend visit to their home town by Eddie Howard, they signed with Mark Five Records who launched their first album release in 1990, which quickly ran up the gospel charts. In 1990, a second album sealed their position in Gospel Music and the contract was sold to Springhill Records that would take them to an all new level of marketing. The Martins’ “big break” came in 1992 when Michael English and Mark Lowry insisted that Gloria Gaither listen to the group audition in the women’s restroom prior to a Gaither Homecoming video recording in Indiana. Gloria told Bill that he had to let them sing in the video. They have gone on to appear in over two dozen Homecoming videos. The group has also recorded over a dozen albums.
Originally from Hamburg, Arkansas – near the Louisiana border – the vocalists grew up firmly planted in the Southern Gospel tradition, so it is not surprising that, as they have matured, a broad range of influences have entered their musical mix. Billboard magazine described The Martins as “breaking down walls and blurring the lines that separate Southern gospel from inspirational, adult contemporary, and other popular Christian music formats.”
Rather than resting in a single niche among the numerous Christian music genres, the Martins have rummaged freely through a stack of style books, grabbing whatever interests them. Sometimes, the different elements are unaltered and traditional, but more often they are tossed into the trio’s musical blender so a new mixture emerges. The result has been labeled simply as Martin Music.
Their portfolio of songs includes every musical palate, ranging from innovative and refashioned hymn arrangements to contemporary songs of praise and worship.
This song is a Christmas favorite of my wife.
Bible Reference… Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:23; Luke 2:1-20; John 1:1-5, 14-18
In a lowly stable on that Bethlehem morn, the Savior of the world was born.
Finally, the One behind Heaven’s gate came to be earth’s Emmanuel.
Tenderly, a mother rocks her baby Boy; she is holding Heaven’s joy.
Angels lend an ear, she begins to sing a lullaby fit for a King.
You are Wonderful, little Prince of Peace, tiny Counselor, Oh, Mighty God!
You are Ancient of Days, precious newborn King. I am, You are!
Lowly shepherds came this blessed Babe to see, and Mary marveled at the mystery.
Only simple faith could help them understand; He would be the crucified Lamb.
And she sang to her sweet little Lamb… (CHORUS)