Joy to the World is billed as "The Ultimate Christmas Collection." That seems a bit optimistic, although the project has plenty of talent. Nothing says that a collection has to be new--in fact, no "ultimate" collection could be all new, but quite a few of these songs have been seen before, like MercyMe's wonderful "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," Phil Wickham's excellent "Messiah" (although this is the Christmas version) and "Mary Did You Know?" (the best song Mark Lowry ever wrote), performed here by Mark Harris.
Other contributers include Todd Agnew, SONICFLOOd, Darlene Zschech, 4HIM (with the moving "Strange Way to Save the World") and one of my favorites, Sara Groves ("Breath of Heaven"). Derek Webb takes us back to the 1400s with the classic "Lo How a Rose E're Blooming," most recently popularized by Charlotte Church. The collection ends with the youngest performer--middle-schooler Nicholas Jonas--giving us a fine rendition of "Joy To The World (A Christmas Prayer)."
Joy To The World presents a good range of performers performing mostly well-known songs in a mostly mellow pop vein.