Release date: November 2002
A Cradle in Bethlehem is the eight studio album by country singer Sylvia, released on November 15, 2002, through the artist's own label Red Pony.
After six albums on RCA Records, two compilations on Renaissance and BMG Records and two records on the independent label Red Pony Records, Sylvia's musical horizons are expanding with the release of her first Christmas CD.
"A Cradle In Bethlehem" is the latest offering of Sylvia's 12-year collaboration with arranger and composer John Mock. The album opens with "Guided By A Star," Mock's prelude for the 12th century piece "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." Linda Thompson and David Foster's "My Grown-Up Christmas List" reminds us of the hope we can find in the innocence of our youth. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's classic poem "Christmas Bells" comes to life with new music composed and arranged by Mock. The title cut, "A Cradle In Bethlehem," features a 19-piece string orchestra of Nashville's finest musicians. The album also includes "O Holy Night," "Angels We Have Heard On High," "When Heaven's Calling You," "What Child Is This?" and "Silent Night."
The CD concludes with the Bach/Gounod "Ave Maria." "This piece presented my greatest challenge," says Sylvia regarding her first classical recording in liturgical Latin, "and it gave me a deep sense of accomplishment."