December 25

John Berry and His Legacy on “Oh Holy Night”

 “O Holy Night” is Cantique de Noël in French. It is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847. It was for the French poem Minuit, chrétiens or Midnight, Christians by a wine merchant and poet, Placide Cappeu. Both the French original and the two known English versions of the carol, including many other languages, tells about Jesus’ birth and humanity’s redemption.

For all, John Berry’s success in country music, his cover of “O Holy Night” may be his most enduring legacy. He has done such a great job covering this Yuletide carol.

When Berry performed the title track of the 1995 CD O Holy Night, it made him busier. He started the Christmas shows in 2016. This marks his 20th anniversary of the tour.

In an interview, he shared that if “O Holy Night” is what all people remember from him, it is just fine. He also added on his website that the track is truly an inspired piece of music.

With the release of “O Holy Night”, Berry began his Christmas tours. From there, too, he has issued three more Christmas collections. These were: “My Heart Is Bethlehem”  the year 2000, “Celebrate This Christmas” in 2005, and “Christmas” last year.

John Berry’s Short Background

Berry, the singer, and songwriter that he is rose to stardom on the country charts in 1990. He has released mega hits such as “Your Love Amazes Me”, “Standing on the Edge of Goodbye” and “She’s Taken a Shine”. While he was making his name for 10 years, Berry got 20 singles on the county charts. Six of those songs occupied the Top 5.

Over the years, he has earned multiple gold and platinum records. Moreover, he was nominated as the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist in 1994. Then in 1995, he was nominated for a Grammy for “Your Love Amazes Me”. In the same year, he was nominated for the Country Music Association’s Horizon and Top Male Vocalist awards. A year after, he won a Grammy for his participation in Amazing Grace: A Country Salute to Gospel, Volume 1.


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