This recording is a result of over a dozen years of writing and selecting the best songs to go into this uplifting collection of contemporary Christmas originals, including Close To The Earth, The Angel Tree, and Green Christmas. Great holiday music for parties! The perfect Christmas gift for those who want to break free of the commercial Christmas and go straight to the Christmas Heart! Joyce Johnson Rouse is a singer, songwriter, actor, educator and environmental activist. A graduate of Iowa State University and a native of Iowa, she's still a child of the cornfields, as evidenced by her corny humor, and a farmer at heart, though a resident of Tennessee the past 15 years. Songs written by her have been recorded by pop and country music artists such as Maureen McGovern, Marie Osmond, Jennifer McCarter and the McCarter Sisters, Jana Stanfield, Lindy Gravelle, and Rachel Sumner, heard in movies and ads, and used as theme songs for a number of events including the National Celebration of the 75th Anniverary of Women's Suffrage, where her work premiered at official events in Washington D.C. Eleven years ago something magical happened when Joyce began combining her music and theatre skills with her passion for the Planet-Earth Mama Music was born. Songs from her 6 recordings are heard in over 80 countries on such programs as National Public Radio's syndicated 'My Green Earth.' She recently completed a masters degree in Earth Literacy. Joyce is a performer with conviction-although nobody's been able to nail her with a conviction yet. She's been described as a cross between Johnny Appleseed, John Denver, and Miss Piggy. A Musician with a Mission... The Queen of Green... Mother Earth's Musical Motivator... Earth Mama...