Last year, on Christmas Day, the Kanye West-led gospel group, Sunday Service Choir, released its debut album Jesus Is Born.
This year, also on December 25, West kept with the tradition thanks to a surprise EP of compositions titled ‘Emmanuel’ performed by Sunday Service.
Much like Jesus Is Born — which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart (dated Jan. 4, 2020) — the new project arrives as a “celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ,” according to the release.
West executive produced and composed the sweeping and emotive Emmanuel, which includes five tracks of ancient and Latin-inspired new compositions.
West cemented his recommitment to Christianity with the launch of his Sunday Service gatherings, which delivered its first public performance during the second weekend of Coachella in 2019 (on Easter, April 21). Six months later, West dropped Jesus Is King, which summited the Top Gospel Albums and Top Christian Albums charts.