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Factfile - Twila Paris
- Twila Paris, known to her fans as "the modern-day hymnwriter" released her first Christmas album in 1989: It's the Thought. It peaked at #15 in the Top Contemporary Christian Albums Billboard chart.
- Paris co-authored a Christmas book with Jeanie Price in 1990: Making A Christmas Memory.
- In 1994 Paris released Celebrate the Gift (Twila Paris & Friends).
Born into a family that bonded religion with song certainly had an impact on Arkansas singer/author Twila Paris and over a career that began with 1985’s ‘Kingdom Seekers’ album she has become one of the most recognisable Christian artists. To date she has recording two full length Christmas recordings, the first of which ‘It’s The Thought’ arrived in 1989. The 12-track homage to the religious side of the season was a richly produced affair that veered from a contemporary to a middle ages sound depending on the carol/hymn that was being covered. ‘Alleluia, Christ Is Born’ is one of its more impressive numbers with lavishly produced vocal interplay as well as slick arrangements. ‘I Saw Three Ships’ also endears itself through its string led opening, use of recorders and Twils’ jaunty vocals. ‘It’s The Thought’ succeeds through its successful mix of the familiar and lesser known carols and Twils obvious enthusiasm for the project.
In 1990 Paris and Jeanie Price produced a beautifully produced hard-backed Christmas keepsake called ‘Making A Christmas Memory’ which kept her in a Christmas state of mind until her second Christmas album arrived in 1994. The 10-track ‘Celebrate The Gift’ again concentrated on the religious aspects of Christmas but this time Paris brought her friends along for the ride. The title track was co-written by Twila and while it may have employed a fairly formulaic production there was no doubting that she had lost none of her enthusiasm for the season. On the Michael W. Smith penned ‘Emmanuel’ Paris had much more success with the adoration for the subject obvious to all who have heard it.
Twila Paris Christmas Album & Single Covers