The Light Came Down

by Josh Garrels

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brian_ginett A delightful album in its repertoire! It's nice to listen! Appreciated for these emotions !!
G Nabors
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G Nabors This album has some wonderful new music and thoughtfully arranged versions of classic Christmas hymns. I'm looking forward to listening to this often during Advent. Favorite track: Gloria.
Herbert Ritter
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Herbert Ritter Such a great voice and song, the light came down, so much hope for us, thank you Josh for sharing your blessings with us. Favorite track: The Light Came Down.
Philippe Tremblay
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Philippe Tremblay there's no way I'm listening to a Christmas album... unless of course it's by Josh Garrels! Favorite track: Gloria.
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Scott Lloyd Josh is the best. We met him when he was touring with Bryan Jennings for the film Walking on Water in 2007. We have been listening ever since. In fact I personally purchased all recordings and constantly play them all on a loop in my office. It is amazing how seventy year olds, teenagers, and every one in between ask "who is this?" because they like the music so much. Well worth the purchase, Be Well.
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Pedrozki This Christmas album has some great hits and some originals all performed in Josh Garrel's signature tone. I like it as a more chill way to enjoy Christmas and to think more deeply about what we celebrate.


released November 24, 2016

James McAlister - Drums, Percussion, iPad Sampler
Tyler Chester- Piano, B3, Acetone, Wurlitzer, Mellotron, Pump Organ, Vibes
Jay Foote - Upright Bass, Electric Bass
Anthony LaMarca - Electric Guitar, Pedal Steel, Acoustic Guitar 
Jay Kirkpatrick - Banjo, Accordion, Dobro
Josh Garrels - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Charango, Samples

Violins - Daniel Sender, Hannah Jordan, Christi Salisbury, Sarah Lapp
Violas - Megan Gray, Ayn Balija
Cello - Kelley Mikkelsen

Trumpet - Tyler Hutcherson
Flugelhorn - Craig Kompelien
Trombone - Jonathan Palmer
Saxophone - Doug Jemison

Backing Vocals
Joseph Clarke, Mariah Hargrove, Jessica Fox, Paul Zach, Michael Salvatierra, Hunter Chorey, Austin Fey, Nan Macmillan, Sarah Miller, Abbey Ness

Holy Holy Holy (Hosanna)
Words and Music by Peter Scholtes
© 1966 F.E.L. Publications / The Lorenz Corporation (ASCAP).  All rights reserved.  Used by permission.  

May You Find A Light
Words and Music by John Arndt and David Gungor
© 2011 The Brilliance and The Flyer (BMI) and Integrity's Praise! Music (BMI) (adm. at All rights reserved. Used by permission.

O Day Of Peace That Dimly Shines 
Words by Carl P. Daw, Jr.  
Music by Josh Garrels
© 1982 Hope Publishing Company (ASCAP) / © 2016 Josh Garrels Small Voice LLC (ASCAP).  All rights reserved.  Used by permission.  

The Virgin Mary Had One Son
additional stanza by Josh Garrels and Isaac Wardell
© 2016 Josh Garrels Small Voice LLC (ASCAP) and Bifrost Arts Music (ASCAP).  All rights reserved.

The Light Came Down
Shepherd’s Song
Journey to Bethlehem
Come to Him
Words and Music by Josh Garrels
© 2016 Josh Garrels Small Voice LLC (ASCAP).  Admin. by Music Services, Inc.  All rights reserved. 

Silent Night
O Holy Night
O Come O ComeEmmanuel
What Child Is This
arrangement of p.d. © 2016 Josh Garrels Small Voice LLC (ASCAP).  Admin. by Music Services LLC.  All rights reserved. 

Brass arrangements by Isaac Wardell
String arrangements by Isaac Wardell and Daniel Hwang

Recorded at Flora Recording & Playback in Portland, OR
Additional Recordings done in Josh’s home studio, and by Isaac Wardell in Charlottesville, VA

Produced by Isaac Wardell & Josh Garrels
Production Assistant - Terry Stokes

Studio Engineering by Michael Finn

Mixed by Mark Nevers at Beech House Recording

Additional Mixing
“Gloria” & “The Light Came Down” mixed by Jon Class at Varsity Recording
“The Virgin Mary Had One Son” mixed by Steven Potaczek

Mastered by Drew Lavyne

Artwork by Alix Pentecost Farren

Layout & Album Design by Chris Tobias at Stereotonic

Small Voice Records  Copyright 2016


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Track Name: The Light Came Down
There is a light
Bright star shining
In the dark night
Old tales come true

All of our fears
Hopes and prayers
He has heard
And answered us

The light came down
Cast the darkness away
He appeared
A helpless child
The light of god came down

There is a light
A new day dawning
Old things pass
All things made new

Prophets have spoken
All He would accomplish
When the light of God
Would dwell with men

The light came down
Cast the darkness away
He appeared
A helpless child
The light of god came to save us
To the world that He made us
O' Lord and savior

Music and Words by Josh Garrels
Track Name: What Child Is This
What child is this who laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping
Whom Angels greet
With anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping

Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox and donkeys are feeding
Good Christians fear
For sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary.

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh
Come peasant, king to own Him
The King of Kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.

Nails, spears shall pierce him through,
The cross he bore for me, for you.
Hail, hail the word made flesh,
the babe, the Son of Mary.
Track Name: The Virgin Mary Had One Son
The Virgin Mary had a one son
Ooh, glory hallelujah,
Ooh, pretty little baby,
Glory be to the new born King.

Mary what you gonna call that pretty little baby?
Ooh, pretty little baby,
Ooh, pretty little baby,
Glory be to the new born King.

He Cast Down the proud, and lifts up the lowly
Ooh, lifts up the lowly
Ooh, lifts up the lowly
Glory be to the new born King.

Well, some call Him Jesus, I think I'll call Him Savior
Ooh, I think I'll call Him Savior
Ooh, Jesus the savior,
Glory be to the new born King.
Track Name: O Come O Come Emmanuel
O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Oh, come, our Dayspring from on high,
And cheer us by your drawing nigh,
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!
Track Name: Gloria
Here the sound of bells ring
In the cold night air we sing
Songs of joy, peace, and love

Say goodnight and journey home
Through the leafless woods alone
Silence in the snow is like a dream

Diamonds on the hills reflect the thrill
Of all the glory that has fallen to the earth

All of life's surrendering
To the death that winter brings
In hope of new life

On this holy night
Holy night
We remember Christ

Music and Words by Josh Garrels

Come in from the cold
Come and rest your soul
Join us by the fire

Tonight the stories told
Ancient but never old
Of when the Savior came

All the angels sang
Peace on earth good will to men
A child has been born

And all of us are suffering
Beneath the weight of death and sin
In hope of new life
All our hopes made good in Christ

On this Holy Night
Holy Night
We worship Christ

Gloria, Gloria
Gloria, Gloria
Angels we have heard on high
In Excelsis Deo

Written by Josh Garrels 2016
Track Name: O Holy Night
O Holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
'Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

Fall on your knees
O hear the angel voices
O night divine!
O night when Christ was born
O night divine!
O night, O night divine!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains He shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in His name, all oppression shall cease

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His holy name

Christ is the Lord!
Oh Praise his name forever O hear the angel voices
O night divine!
O night when Christ was born O night divine!
O night, Christ was born
Track Name: Shepherd's Song
This begins with a breath
From the waters you were blessed
Pushing through the pain and blood
Into the arms of love
And your mother’s face above

Before you came she was afraid
In the night she cried and prayed
Oh God am I strong enough,
To be the arms of love
To be the mother of this son

O Beautiful one;
My child my son
We rejoice
From generation
To generation
We rejoice

All, like sheep, have gone astray
But you will call them back one day
By the marks of pain and blood
Back to the arms of love;
The good Father’s face above

Music and Words by Josh Garrels
Track Name: Hosanna
Holy, holy, holy, Lord
God of power and might
Heaven and earth are filled With Your glory

Hosanna! Hosanna!
In the highest
Hosanna! Hosanna!
In the highest
Track Name: The Boar's Head
The boar's head in hand bear I
Bedecked with bays and rosemary;
And I pray you my masters be merry,
Quot estis in convivio [as many as are at the feast].

Caput apri defero [I bring in the boar's head]
Reddens laudes Domino [Giving thanks to the lord]

The boar's head as I understand
Is the rarest dish in all the land,
When thus bedecked with a gay garland,
Let us servire cantico [serve it with a song].

Our steward hath provided this
In honour of the King of bliss,
Which on this day to be served is
In Reginensis atrio [In Queen's Hall].
Track Name: Silent Night
Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night
Wondrous star, lend thy light;
With the angels let us sing,
Alleluia to our King;
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!
Track Name: May You Find A Light
Lost and weary traveler,
Searching for the way to go
Stranger, heavy-hearted,
Longing for someone to know

May you find a light
May you find a light
May you find a light to guide you home.

There are weary travelers,
Searching everywhere you go
Strangers who are searching,
Longing deeply to be known
Track Name: O Day Of Peace
O day of peace that dimly shines
Through all our hopes and prayers and dreams,
Guide us to justice, truth, and love,
Delivered from our selfish schemes.

May the swords of hate fall from our hands,
Our hearts from envy find release,
Till by God's grace our warring world
Shall see Christ's promised reign of peace.

Then shall the wolf dwell with the lamb,
Nor shall the fierce devour the small;
As beasts and cattle calmly graze,
A little child shall lead them all.

Then enemies shall learn to love,
All creatures find their true accord;
The hope of peace shall be fulfilled,
For all the earth shall know the Lord.
Track Name: Come To Him
Come to Him
With all your heart
Come and lay your burdens down
For peace He came to give
And Joy shall be the crown
And Joy shall be the crown

Music and Words by Josh Garrels

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