Ringing in the holiday season with classics like “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland” to sacred carols like “The First Noel” and “Away In A Manger,” Kim Walker-Smith’s 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 Walker-Smith. “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.”
This Christmas will be especially significant for Kim Walker-Smith 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, ironically, is Christmas Day. “It’s so funny. Being a parent just changes Christmas for you,” Kim says. “It makes it even more exciting.”
Recording When Christmas Comes in-studio with 2014 Dove Award-winning producer Jeremy Edwardson (Michael W. Smith, Kari Jobe, Jesus Culture), songs like “Let It Snow,” “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” and “White Christmas” featured on the album show another side of this versatile vocalist best-known for powerhouse worship anthems with Jesus Culture Band. Aside from collaborating with Skyler on the couple’s folk/Americana flavored album, Home, released amidst acclaim last year, Kim Walker-Smith has recorded all of her albums to date live.
“The reason I always record live is because we’re trying to capture a moment in worship, but with this…it’s a little bit different,” the multi-Dove Award nominee explains. “We’re making something fun and creative, but an album that still carries my heart in worship. I wanted a mixture of both—songs that could show my heart of worship and songs that are just fun and a part of Christmas, a part of magical childhood memories.”