Offering a timely reminder that the Spirit of Christmas is alive every day, acclaimed singer/songwriter and speaker Billy Ballenger’s aptly titled All Year is now available. The three-song EP was produced by Riley Friesen and features the message-driven title-cut as well as two new interpretations of Michael Card’s Christmas classic, “Joseph’s Song.”
Co-written by Ballenger and Friesen, “All Year” is a joyful pop anthem showcasing the heart of the Gospel: “Every laugh, every smile when we celebrate/is a love that’s a gift that we all can take/when we find out that Jesus is here all year.” Understanding that Christmas is more than a holiday, Ballenger hopes the song will encourage listeners facing troubled times—no matter the season.
“It’s easier to catch the Christmas spirit during the holidays,” he says. “We can turn joy on at will just because it’s that time of year again but if you’re struggling, Christmas isn’t always a joyful season. The reality is that we are meant to have lasting Christmas joy and true Hope every single day because we have a Savior who is with us ‘all year.’”
In addition, Ballenger delivers two impassioned renditions of “Joseph’s Song,” a classic he readily embraced as a father himself. “It’s an absolute honor to cover this song for so many reasons,” he shares. “Beautifully written by Michael Card, it speaks to the weight of Joseph’s unique situation as the earthly father of God’s Son. Like many of us fathers, I can relate to the responsibility Joseph must have felt to get it right in raising his child. Yet in his case, the pressure to raise Jesus well was infinitely magnified.”