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Care Baldwin reveals the story behind “The Light of Christmas”

November 3rd, 2014 Posted in Artist Spotlight
Care Baldwin - The Light of Christmas - GMA

What is GMA:

“GMA Canada” is the Gospel Music Association of Canada created in 1974 with a mission to promote the growth of Christian music in Canada. Associated with GMA in the United States and originally called “CGMA”, this non-profit organization aims to build up the profile of Christian recording artists, songwriters, and producers.

In addition to educational programs to develop its members, GMA Canada also celebrates achievements with the Annual Covenant Awards.

The Annual Covenant Awards recognize achievements in Christian and Gospel music across Canada in several categories. I will be attending this year’s awards banquet on Thursday, November 13th in Langley, B.C.


As a worship leader at Sequoia Community Church, I have spent years when asked if I was ever going to record an album answering friends and congregation members “I don’t really write music!” But, God was constantly nagging at me and opening doors. I couldn’t ignore it anymore. Although I never dreamt of being an “artist”, music has been and always will be my life. So, why not use these gifts and make something of it!

Finally, in Fall of 2013 I picked up the phone and called multiple Covenant Award winning producer Andy Horrocks to set the wheels in motion on what became my first “recording artist” experience!

The idea:

After discussing my passions, inspirations, and vocal preferences with Andy, we went to work. The idea for “The Light Of Christmas” started with me wanting to do a song that reminds us to love one another just as Christ (the baby) loved us… and not just on Christmas when carols are sung and gifts are exchanged, but all the time. With so much hate in the world, why are we waiting until there’s no one left around us to share in the gifts of Christmas?!

Andy brought together a team of talented Canadians and set to work on putting my ideas to music.

How it all works:

By October, I was in Kitchener, Ontario sitting in AME Recording Studio with Andy Horrocks, Ian Tanner and multiple Covenant Award winner Ali Matthews.

The song was amazing!!! After a few tweaks, we were ready to record.

The whole “in-studio” process took a few days. Sleeping in an apartment off the studio with my mom…

P1050344-cropDay 1: Learn the song.

Day 2: Bring in the musicians. Jazz pianist Mike Janzen among others recorded the music on the tracks.

Day 3: Record my main vocals.

Day 4: Re-record any main vocals and record back-up vocals/layers.

Once my part was done (and I was advised that, as with any artist, it never truly feels “done”) the rest was up to Andy to work his magic!

God’s favour was all over this entire project each step of the way. Not only were we working with a tight deadline, but the musicians were available when we needed them and I never had to travel back to Kitchener to re-do anything! Lol

“The Light of Christmas” turned out to be everything I had hoped for!

The nomination:

Something I never expected was a GMA Canada Covenant Award nomination. Getting the chance to experience a different side of the music industry and the privilege of working with such talented music-makers was gift enough for me. Discovering “The Light of Christmas” was nominated for Seasonal Song of the Year made it even more rewarding!

No matter what the outcome on November 13th, I am so thankful for Andy Horrocks and his team, the support of my CHRI family, listeners who request the song and radio stations who play it… and to God for the constant reminder that you can’t let the gifts He gives you go un-used.

Download “The Light of Christmas” here:

Learn more about GMA Canada here:

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