13 Songs, 43 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings
25 Ratings
Inna Fan ,

A new favorite!

Bought this expecting it to be "good", but it has quickly become a Holiday favorite! Slightly more pop-ish than coffeehouse/alternative style, every song truly makes me embrace the happiness of the season. A+++++

AFWisconsinGal ,

I listen to this album all year

Especially love "Christmas is here". So nice to hear music that isn't the typical reruns and has meaning. Her voice is so pure and sweet.

WorldsBestCinnamonToast ,

Nostalgic, Wondrous, Beautiful

"Unto Us" is a wonder and a delight, and will be a much loved tradition in my Christmases to come. JJ's sound is nostalgic but at the same time fresh, which is perfect for the message of Christmas in its tradition from year to year but also the renewed life and spirit we receive in celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Here you'll find simply perfect renditions of old favorites (in particular a version of "Blessings" from White Christmas that I can't listen to with dry eyes) as well as originals that truly shine with the spirit of Christmas. The album is a joy to listen to in its entirety, as well, because its composition as a whole is so complete. I know you'll fall in love with it as much as I have!

About JJ Heller

Nashville, Tennessee-based singer/songwriter JJ Heller crafts atmospheric and contemplative faith-based country-folk songs in the vein of Sara Groves and Jill Phillips, with a foot in the mainstream that brings to mind artists like Jewel, Patty Griffin, and Alison Krauss. The native of California's Bay Area records and performs with longtime collaborator/guitarist/producer/husband David Heller, and released her debut, Songs That I Know, in 2004. Subsequent albums like Only Love Remains (2006) and The Pretty and the Plain (2007) further developed Heller's introspective style, though it was a song from her fourth album, Painted Red (2008), that would prove to be her commercial breakthrough. Reaching number 13 on Billboard's Christian songs chart, "Your Hands" set the stage for 2010's When I'm with You, which charted on both the Christian and folk album charts. An acoustic album, Deeper, arrived a year later and, in 2012, Heller got another boost when her song "When I'm with You" was covered by Jennifer Love Hewitt's character on the TV series The Client List. Another song, "Control," from the album Loved, appeared on a 2013 episode of One Tree Hill. Recording at a prolific pace, Heller's next two albums, 2014's I Dream of You and 2015's Sound of a Living Heart, both fared well on the folk and Christian charts, further proving her crossover appeal. Unto Us, Heller's first Christmas LP and second holiday-themed release following 2007's Wake Up the World EP, arrived in 2016. ~ James Christopher Monger

San Jose, CA
October 19, 1980




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