About the Album
In December 2016, I unexpectedly wrote a song from the perspective of one of the wise men who journeys to Bethlehem. I named the song "Follow the Star" and sang it at a Christmas show in New York City.
In the weeks that followed, I wrote more songs from the Christmas story. The perspectives were all in the first-person, about the angels and people who were actually there when Christ was born: a shepherd, Gabriel, Isaiah, Joseph, Mary, the innkeeper, others. And an album came to life.
These songs are about the first ones to hear the good news. They saw signs, had dreams, heard from angels, watched the stars, and they sang.
I never planned to make a Christmas album, or set out to write these songs. The project came to me as a gift (though I did have to wrestle it to the ground). May this collection be a part of your Christmas season. And may you know the miracle of a person called Immanuel, God with us.
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Track 1 on IMMANUEL is Isaiah's Song-based on an OT prophesy that a Savior would come, and the world would not reco… https://t.co/8kgOqODV0L
Melanie Penn is a singer/songwriter and worship leader based in Brooklyn, New York.
After having success on the Broadway national touring stage, Penn shifted her attention to songwriting, hoping to write and sing songs that lift up and unburden the heart. Her first album, Wake Up Love, released in 2010 followed by Hope Tonight (2014), both to critical acclaim.
Her latest, Immanuel, is set to release November 3, 2017. All three of these albums are produced by long-time collaborator Ben Shive.