What a Wonderful Child!
In her critically acclaimed album “Merry Christmas,” Mariah Carey completely embodies the soul and the spirit of Christmas and reverence to our Lord with her amazing rendition of “Jesus Oh What a Wonderful Child.”
Originating as an African-American spiritual song, it is heavily influenced by the scriptures of Isaiah and Luke. Here are some of the texts on where it was based from:
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
In Carey’s version, she definitely took us to church with a gospel-soul arrangement and her ever dynamic vocals. She exalts our Lord Jesus with such powerful reverence, the song feels as powerful as her vocals.
Listen to the song here!
“Merry Christmas” is the first Christmas album and the fourth studio album of Carey. It was released in 1994 and it features covers of very popular songs. Moreover, the recor contains a contemporary holiday theme and featured “authentic, gospel-flavored background vocals” which was indeed felt throughout her “O Holy Night” song. Furthermore, the album spawned three more singles. This includes “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” This song went on to become one of the best-selling singles of all time. It goes to show that we just really like Christmas!
This song shows the different side of Christmas. Likewise, it cements the fact that we shouldn’t just bunk Christmas into something that is more materialistic. Rather, we remember that the true spirit of Christmas is with the Lord, our Savior.