Top Versions of "Mary, Did You Know?" by Christian Artists

Enjoy 10 Interpretations of the New Christmas Classic

"Mary, Did You Know?" has become a Christmas staple since it was first recorded in 1991. Written by Mark Lowry in 1984 after his pastor asked him to write a song for the church's Christmas program, the popular carol has since been recorded by artists from multiple genres.

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Acappella

Acappella - Family Christmas
Acappella - Family Christmas. The Acappella Company

From 2004's Family Christmas, this a capella version from Acappella is simple and gorgeous. The group was formed in 1982 by original lead singer Keith Lancaster. They are a member of the Christian Music Hall of Fame and have toured every continent. They continue to record and tour with new voices as well as past members joining in. Buy from Amazon »

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Brian Littrell

Brian Littrell - Mary Did You Know
Brian Littrell - Mary Did You Know. BriLeigh Records

Brian's Christmas single released in 2011 and is good enough to make you wish he had released a full album of Christmas songs. He came to fame as a member of the Backstreet Boys and released a solo Christian album, "Welcome Home," in 2006. Buy from Amazon »

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Erin O'Donnell

You're Here - various
You're Here - various. Word Records

From the 2009 compilation, You're Here, Erin's version of the popular carol offers strings and a very ethereal sound. If you enjoy her version of this song, you may love her album, "Christmas Time Is Here," from 2004. For that album, she wisely assembled a superb team of players- pianist Ben Shive, drummer Jim Brock, and upright bassist Byron House, who has mastered the art of soft swing - and together they have created a fresh Christmas music experience that we can all celebrate. Buy from Amazon »

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Go Fish

Go Fish - Christmas With A Capital C
Go Fish - Christmas With A Capital C. GFK Records

Since "Christmas With A Capital 'C'" was so hugely popular, Go Fish's version of "Mary, Did You Know?" didn't get as much publicity. With a soft piano in the background, this song hits all of the right notes. Buy from Amazon »

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Jason Crabb

Jason Crabb - Because It's Christmas
Jason Crabb - Because It's Christmas. Spring Hill Music Group

Because It's Christmas, Jason's 2010 Christmas release, has less of a southern gospel feel and more of a classic Christmas one. It's as though he was thinking of the Christmases of his youth when he recorded and yet he still sounds modern. Buy from Amazon »

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Kingdom Heirs

Kingdom Heirs - The Spirit of Christmas
Kingdom Heirs - The Spirit of Christmas. Sonlite Records

Coming to us from the 2004 release, ​"The Spirit of Christmas," the Kingdom Heirs offer up pure and rich Southern Gospel joy. It's also included on their 1999 album, "A Christmas Celebration." The award-winning quartet is based at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Buy from Amazon »

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Kutless

Kutless - This Is Christmas
Kutless - This Is Christmas. BEC Recordings

Laid back but still rockin', we first heard Kutless sing this carol on X Christmas in 2008. The Christian hard rock band is from Portland, Oregon. If you want more of a contemporary rock edge to your carols, give them a listen. Buy from Amazon »

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Michael English

Michael English - Greatest Hits: In Christ Alone
Michael English - Greatest Hits: In Christ Alone. Curb Records

Michael was the first artist to record "Mary, Did You Know?" back in 1991. He also included the song on his Greatest Hits: In Christ Alone album. He sings it with great emotion and power, making it a classic that listeners want to keep in their Christmas music collection. Buy from Amazon »

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The Katinas

The Katinas - Family Christmas
The Katinas - Family Christmas. Gotee Records

The brothers Katina deliver a very smooth, R&B'ish sound on their version and draw you into the moment. It's found on their album, "Family Christmas" from 2004. These five brothers from American Samoa got their start there singing at churches and fairs before moving to the mainland and finding musical success. Buy from Amazon »

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Trin-I-Tee 5:7

Trin-I-Tee 5:7 - Love, Peace, Joy At Christmas
Trin-I-Tee 5:7 - Love, Peace, Joy At Christmas. Music World Gospel

Trin-I-Tee 5:7's first Christmas album included "Mary, Did You Know?" and Chanelle Hayes, Angel Taylor, and Adrian Anderson go full-out R&B with soaring vocals. The song is found on their "Love Peace Joy at Christmas" album. Buy from Amazon »