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Christmas in Our Hearts

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Released  November 1990
Label  Universal
Release date  November 1990
Language  English
Christmas in Our Hearts (1990)  Thank You Love (1994)
Producer  Jose Mari Chan
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Recorded  1990 (See recording locations)
Artists  Jose Mari Chan, Jaymie Magtoto
Genres  Christmas music, Easy listening, Adult contemporary music
Awards  Awit Award for Best Album Package
Christmas music albums  Platinum Christmas, Merry - Merry Christmas, Elvis' Christmas Album, Lea Salonga Christma, Monster Ballads XMas

Jose mari chan christmas in our hearts 1990


Christmas in Our Hearts is the seventh studio album and the first Christmas album by Filipino singer-songwriter and businessman Jose Mari Chan. It was released in November 1990 by Universal Records. The album sold over 600,000 units in the Philippines in 2006, certifying Double Diamond by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI). It is considered to be the first OPM album to surpass the Diamond status. It is currently the biggest-selling album in the Philippines, selling more than 800,000 copies to date. Due to the popularity of the song and album during the annual holiday season, Chan became known as "The Father of Philippine Christmas Music."

Contents

The album also features cover versions of "A Christmas Carol", "This Beautiful Day" and "Christmas Children" from the 1970 musical Scrooge.

The album has been re-released as a 25th Anniversary Edition on iTunes, Spotify and Spinnr on October 30, 2015.

Jose mari chan with liza chan christmas in our hearts


Background

According to Chan, the title track and first single of the album, Christmas in Our Hearts, was originally an arrangement titled Ang Tubig ay Buhay ("Water is Life"), based on a poem written by Chari Cruz-Zarate. He set the words to music, intending to make it a silver jubilee song for the Assumption High School Class of 1963. He described Ang Tubig ay Buhay as a very beautiful poem, which is why he found it easy to compose a tune for it:

It was a catchy, pretty melody, which I felt was too precious to use only for a Class Homecoming. So I decided to turn it into a Christmas song.

Before production started, Chan had attended Mass at Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park, Makati, when songwriter Rina Canizal knocked on his car window. Canizal later wrote the words of "Christmas in Our Hearts" using Chan's melody for Ang Tubig ay Buhay.

Commercial performance

Christmas in Our Hearts is the best-selling album not only by Chan, but by an Original Pilipino Music (OPM) artist to date. Just weeks after the album was released, it was certified triple platinum by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) in 1990. In December 2006, it was awarded with a Double Diamond certification by the PARI on GMA Network's SOP (Sobrang Okey Pare) for selling more than 600,000 units in the Philippines. It makes Chan the only Filipino artist to achieve the feat, with two Double Diamond albums—the other one being Constant Change. It makes the album the best-selling OPM Christmas album of all time. In addition, it always tops album charts during Christmas season. The album has sold over 800,000 copies in the country to date.

25th Anniversary Edition

In celebration of the album's 25th anniversary, Universal Records announced on their Facebook page that Christmas in Our Hearts is to be re-released in a special 25th Anniversary Edition. It was first released online on iTunes, Spotify and Spinnr on October 30, 2015, and was released on CD on November 11, 2015.

Track listing

All tracks were produced by Jose Mari Chan.

  1. "A Wish on Christmas Night" {Chan, Pinky Valdez)
  2. "Do You Hear What I Hear?" {N. Regney, G. Shayne)
  3. "Mary's Boy Child" {Jester Hairston)
  4. "Christmas in Our Hearts" (with Liza Chan) {Chan, Canizal)
  5. "A Christmas Carol" {Leslie Bricusse)
  6. "A Perfect Christmas" {Chan)
  7. "Give Me Your Heart for Christmas"
  8. "This Beautiful Day"—Jaymie Magtoto {Bricusse)
  9. "The Sound of Life" {Chan, Valdez)
  10. "Christmas Children" {Bricusse)
  11. "Little Christmas Tree"
  12. "When a Child Is Born" {Zacar-Jay)
  13. "It Is the Lord!" {Chan)
  14. "The Lord's Prayer"
  15. "Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)" {Irving Berlin)
  16. "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You" {Meredith Willson)

Note: In the music video version of the song called "Christmas in Our Hearts", while Liza decorates the Christmas tree, José comes down the stairs to help her finish it and close to the end, they light the candles and sit down enjoying their moment.

Personnel

Credits were taken from Titik Pilipino.

Songs

1A Wish On Christmas Night3:32
2Do You Hear What I Hear2:45
3Mary's Boy Child3:59

References

Christmas in Our Hearts Wikipedia


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