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Faith: A Holiday Album is the second holiday album and tenth studio album by saxophonist Kenny G. It was released by Arista Records in 1999 and peaked at number 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, number 4 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, number 5 on the Internet Albums chart, and number 6 on the Billboard 200.[1] The album also received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

Faith: A Holiday Album
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 16, 1999
StudioO'Henry Studios, Sony Picture Studios
GenreSmooth jazz, Christmas
Length36:37
LabelArista
ProducerKenny G
Walter Afanasieff
Kenny G chronology
Classics in the Key of G
(1999)
Faith: A Holiday Album
(1999)
In America
(2001)

Faith: A Holiday Album was also the best-selling Christmas album of 1999 in the United States according to sales figures from Nielsen/SoundScan, with total sales of 1,575,000 copies that year.[2] As of November 2014, the album has sold 2,750,000 copies in the U.S. according to SoundScan.[3]

On November 5, 2002, Faith: A Holiday Album was certified Triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of three million copies in the U.S.[4]

Kenny G's rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" featured guest musicians Yanni on piano and keyboards as well as Charlie Adams on drums.

Contents

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic      [5]
Chicago Tribune(unfavorable) [6]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (Sammy Cahn/Jule Styne) - 3:08
  2. "The First Noel" (William Sandys) - 3:08
  3. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (Kim Gannon/Walter Kent/Buck Ram) - 3:33
  4. "Sleigh Ride" (Leroy Anderson/Mitchell Parish) - 3:48
  5. "The Christmas Song" (Mel Tormé/Robert Wells) - 4:02
  6. "Medley: We Three Kings/Carol of the Bells" (John Henry Hopkins/Mikhail Leontovich/Peter Wilhousky) - 4:07
  7. "O Christmas Tree" (Traditional) - 2:39
  8. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (J. Fred Coots/Haven Gillespie) - 3:52
  9. "Eternal Light (A Chanukah Song)" (Walter Afanasieff/Kenny G) - 2:53
  10. "Ave Maria" (Franz Schubert) - 4:30
  11. "Auld Lang Syne" (Robert Burns/Traditional) - 4:56 [featuring Yanni on keyboards and Charlie Adams on drums]
  12. "Auld Lang Syne: The Millennium Mix" (Robert Burns/Traditional) - 7:53
  13. "Voice" (Bonus track) - 7:53

SinglesEdit

Information taken from this source.[7]

Year Title Chart positions
US Adult Contemporary US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks US Hot 100 US Adult Top 40 US Hot Country Singles & Tracks US Top 40 Mainstream US Top 40 Tracks
1999 "Auld Lang Syne" 3 57 7 15 49 40 30

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Charts & Awards at Allmusic
  2. ^ "Chart Watch Extra: Bring On Christmas!". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2009-12-14. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "The Gifts That Keep on Giving: Biggest Radio and Album Hits of the Holidays". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 1, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  5. ^ Allmusic review
  6. ^ Chicago Tribune review
  7. ^ Billboard Singles at Allmusic