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Joy to the World (Connie Smith album)

Summary
Joy to the World is the twenty-sixth solo studio album by American country singer Connie Smith. It was released in October 1975 via Columbia Records and originally contained ten tracks. It was re-released decades later by Real Gone Music to digital sites and featured one new track. The album was Smith's first album of Christmas music. Background In the 1970s, Connie Smith moved from RCA Victor to Columbia Records after 18 top ten Billboard country singles. She had discovered Christianity during this period, which prompted Columbia to let her record one gospel album per year. Despite the contract terms, the only gospel collection released was 1973's God Is Abundant. No gospel collection was issued by Columbia in 1974 due to the label's lack of interest and Smith's unexpected time devoted to her pregnancy. Columbia instead issued two gospel albums of Smith's material in 1975, beginning in May with Connie Smith Sings Hank Williams Gospel. It would be followed by her first Chris
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