The King is Coming!
Open up your eyes to see it,
Open up your ears to hear it…
The King is Coming!
Open up your mind believe it,
Open up your heart receive Him…
So if you know me even a little bit you know I’m a HUGE fan of Christy Nockels. Her music has ministered to me endlessly throughout college and my adult life. I was first introduced to her music when I was a student at Baylor and she was a part of a duo named Watermark with her husband Nathan. I would go all over the place to hear them sing live. Random churches in Texas. The Christian radio concerts at malls (KLTY called it Lunch Bunch I think). I would stand in line and have her sign my CD. Then I’d go to the next concert and just turn the page and stand in line again. Looking back that was probably pretty weird. HA! Each time I would talk to her though I’d say, “Please record a Christmas album,” and she’d always say, “I hope to one day”.
So fast forward, I’m living in Georgia and meeting with my mentor, Regina. Regina had asked me to come be on a panel at a conference she was speaking at. By now, Christy had gone out on her own as a solo artist. I walk in and Regina (knowing I was a huge fan of Christy’s) walks me right up to her. I had no idea she was leading worship at the conference. We talked for a bit (me all red faced) and again I said, “Please record a Christmas album (and put O Holy Night on it)”. She smiled and said, “I hope to one day.”
Most recently, Regina’s husband Bill, ran into Christy at a conference. I’m not sure how she had heard about my story, but she had. She wrote me a note and gave it to Bill to give to me. I received some awesome notes and encouraging words from some stellar people this year, but that by far is my most treasured!
So I’m of course a member of Christy’s fan club and get her emails. So you can imagine my excitement when I got an email announcing that she was putting out a…wait for it…CHRISTMAS ALBUM!! It released on November 4 and does in fact have O, Holy Night on it. The track list:
- The King is Coming Prelude
- Advent Hymn
- O Come O Come Emmanuel
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/O Come Let Us Adore Him
- Angels’ Lullaby (Mary’s Song)
- Song In the Air (featuring Chris McClarney)
- Dance at Migdal Eder
- Wrap This One Up
- O Holy Night
- Silent Night (Holding Us Now)
- Our Christmas Song/Make Good Your Christmas Day
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- Joy to The World/The King is Coming
It is called A Thrill Of Hope and I highly recommend you get yourself a copy. It is AMAZING!! Here is the link to purchase in iTunes (Click Here) – I’d love for you to support the album and her. I promise you it will bless your Christmas season!
*The chorus at the top of this post is sung on a couple songs on the album – absolutely beautiful.