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Julia Wade: “What Child Is This?”

Your Inspirational Song of the Week

November 5 - November 11, 2019

What Child Is This?


Julia Wade and Friends

Performed by Julia Wade
Music by Richard Jones
Lyrics by William C. Dix
Produced and Orchestrated by Peter Link

Listen to the Music!

This week, Watchfire is enjoying the spirit of Christmas a little early with our gift to you: What Child Is This?, the opening song off Julia Wade’s just-released Christmas album, Julia Wade and Friends. Peter Link provides some history on this carol:

“The earliest reference to the original melody, Greensleeves, that I could find was to one Richard Jones in London way back in 1580. It is purported that he wrote the melody as an ode to his lady who wore green sleeves. I’ll let you dig into this further if you wish in Wikipedia. It’s a bit of a ribald tale.

“Years later, in 1865, William Chatterton Dix wrote the lyrics to the version of this beautiful ancient melody passed down through the ages to us today.

“In working with the arrangement and orchestration for Julia’s very fine interpretation of the song I decided to meld the ancient and spare with a couple of ancient instruments and a modern-day Fender Rhodes piano which resulted in what I might term Ancient/Funk. I smile at this meeting of the ages every time I hear the song. It came out so good that we decided to open the album with it. It provided us with a musically thematic root from which to work on the album.”

About the Artist

Spanning diverse musical styles, Julia Wade has performed nationally and internationally as a concert artist, as well as in opera, cabaret and musical theatre, including The Rome Opera and Carnegie Hall.

As a recording artist, Julia is truly at home in the studio with no less than 14 solo CDs under her belt . The 14th is her new Christmas CD, “Julia Wade and Friends,” including classics each done in a new and original way – solos, trios and quartets. And it has what we like to call both Jesus songs and Santa songs, all reflecting the joys and inspiration of the Christmas season.

Find Out More About The Artist and the Music!


The Artist


The Album

The Song

The Lyrics

"Julia Wade is the female equivalent of Josh Groban. Julia knows how to evoke magic with her beautiful voice." -Matthew Forss, Inside World Music

"Right to the heart. Just MASTERFUL musicianship. Refined. Pure. Magical." -Julie Gold, Songwriter of From A Distance

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