So far, he has raised more than $35,000. One hundred children were sponsored at a recent concert. The album currently is No. 5 on the Billboard holiday charts.
Joy to the World also debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Holiday Music – Top Albums chart. Among others in the Top 10 were Blake Shelton, Michael Bublé, Taylor Swift and the Vince Guaraldi Trio.
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Brewster said he decided to make the Christmas album and donate the profits after he and his wife prayed earlier this year about what his next project should be. He chose Covenant Kids Congo because of the great need in that country, which is rated among the poorest in the world.
“It’s a place that’s in super bad shape, and there are a lot of children there who die of things that are simple – like malaria – because they don’t have a $6 dollar malaria net for the mosquitoes that bite at night,” he said in a recent interview with Worship Leader! magazine. “These people don’t name their children until they’re at least two years old (because of the death rate).”
Brewster, who serves as worship arts leader at Bayside Church of Granite Bay, was among those attending the Evangelical Covenant Church Annual Meeting in June when church leaders pledged $1 million to support the project.
Bayside helped initiate Covenant Kids Congo, a historic undertaking by a partnership including the Covenant, World Vision U.S., World Vision Congo, and the Congo Covenant Church (CEUM). The goal is to raise and channel millions of dollars of support in Gemena, Democratic Republic of Congo. The funding will enable a holistic ministry that will include initiatives focused on water, health and hygiene, food and agriculture, education and literacy, and economic development.
An awe-inspiring guitarist, Brewster brings his rock approach to classic holiday songs as well as original compositions. Among the highlights is “Miraculum,” a three-movement instrumental incorporating “Carol Of The Bells,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “We Three Kings,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” and “O Holy Night.”
One reviewer opined, “Now, I enjoy Christmas music – in the season. But, when I heard Lincoln Brewster’s new album Joy to the World, I quickly realized that it wasn’t just during the month of December that I’d be listening to it . . . this album will probably have a permanent spot in my iPod’s “Recently Played” playlist!”
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- Joy to the World
- Little Drummer Boy
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
- Shout for Joy
- Our God
- Miraculum (Instrumental)
- O Come, O Come Emmanuel
- Do You Hear What I Hear?
- O Holy Night (Another Hallelujah)
- Silent Night