Jesus Culture Band's Kim Walker-Smith released her first Christmas album today through Jesus Culture Music. The album, When Christmas Comes, peers nostalgically into Walker-Smith's Christmastime, with 17 of her personal favorites plus one new song, "Tell Me the Story," written by Anthony Skinner. From cinematic, grand orchestral backdrops to plaintive folk-acoustic stylings and an occasional bluesy flair, all the tracks on the new album feature Kim's powerful, soulful voice.
Ringing in the holiday season with classics like "I'll Be Home For Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland" as well as sacred carols like "The First Noel" and "Away In A Manger," When Christmas Comes blends all the whimsy and nostalgia of her childhood along with her heart for worship.
"I know that at the core of who I am, I am a worship leader," says Kim. "That part of me comes out naturally in these songs celebrating the whole reason for Christmas - Jesus, that He came to change our lives and set us free. The message of the gospel is the whole theme of Christmas and why we celebrate and what makes it so wonderful."
For Kim, Christmas has also always been about family. "I don't have a single Christmas memory that my family isn't all together," she continues. "No matter what kind of hardship we may have been going through, we were all together for Christmas."
This Christmas will be especially significant for Kim as she and her husband, fellow worship leader Skyler Smith, are getting ready to welcome their second child into the world. Kim's due date is Christmas Day. "It's so funny. Being a parent just changes Christmas for you," Kim says. "It makes it even more exciting."