Country Throwback: Faith Hill Performs ‘Joy to the World’ at 2008 Rockefeller Christmas Special

by Suzanne Halliburton

Faith Hill performed a Christmas classic a dozen years ago to celebrate the annual lighting of the massive tree in New York’s Rockefeller Center.

Hill’s song selection was “Joy to the World.” The scene defined holiday festive.

A church choir joined her. Trees, with twinkling, white lights, flanked the stage. Red and white poinsettias adorned the front of the stage.

Faith Hill Had Released Christmas Album Two Months Before

Earlier in 2008, Faith Hill released her first Christmas album titled “Joy to the World.” She’d been working on it for two years. “A Baby Changes Everything” was the lone original song. It also was the album’s only single. It debuted at No. 24 on Billboard’s adult contemporary chart. It topped the chart for three weeks.

The song told the story of an unwed, teen-aged mother wondering what her future held for her. The song then tells us the Virgin Mary is the mother and Jesus is her son. Later in the song, the mother is revealed as Mary. Her baby is Jesus.

Other celebrities joined Hill on the “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” special on NBC. Performers included Tony Bennett, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé, Cee Lo Green, Katharine McPhee and Javier Colon, who won “The Voice.”

Hill had another opportunity to be part of the Rockefeller Center special in 2011. But she canceled.

Rockefeller Tree Lighting Is a Long-Standing Tradition

This year’s tree lighting is Wednesday. It’ll be different than in previous years. There will be no in-person audience because of Covid-19 restrictions. So, the show will be solely for those watching on television.

The tree lighting is a long-standing NYC tradition. It’s happened every year since 1931. It’s also been broadcast for the past 68 straight years.

This year’s show on NBC will feature Kelly Clarkson, Goo Goo Dolls, Earth, Wind & Fire, Jimmy Fallon, Brett Eldredge, Tori Kelly and Leslie Odom Jr.