Stephen Jones, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University, teamed up with BYU alumni and some of Utah's finest studio musicians to create a gift of music this Christmas season.
The song, "Joy to Everyone This Christmas," is part of an effort to share love, peace and joy this Christmas. BYU alumni, faculty, staff and students pooled their expertise to produce a music video and Web site as a medium to share their gift. The song was released on www.joytoeveryone.com this week.
"Our hope is to share this gift and invite people to serve others and spread joy in their own communities this season," Jones said.
Emmy-award winning composer and producer Sam Cardon and vocalists Jenny Jordan Frogley and David Osmond collaborated with Jones to write and produce the song.
University photographer Mark Philbrick provided images from around the world to be used in the music video. Philbrick's photos represent people from all parts of the globe to echo the words of the song: "Let all the world join... every nation and land. Everyone."
The project started when BYU alum Carlos Martins asked Jones, a respected composer, to write a Christmas song for his language school. Martins is the president of Wizard Language Institute, which employs music as a tool for students learning English, primarily in Latin America. "Scientific research shows that when the tempo falls within a specific range, students retain more effectively," Martins said. He wanted a Christmas song that would be powerful according to this research.
In the spring of this year, Jones was driving up Interstate 15 when inspiration hit him. "Joy to Everyone This Christmas" was born as Jones pulled his car over and composed the first notes and lyrics.
Soon after, Jones met with Cardon and they began to orchestrate and record the song. In the process, they worked with vocalists Frogley and Osmond.
"As the song took shape, I realized it could serve a much wider audience beyond the immediate need we first envisioned," Jones said. "This can spread 'joy to the world.'"
The song and music video are available as free downloads at www.joytoeveryone.com.