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Creating Christmas with Michael McLean

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In the days leading up to Christmas, we will post a conversation with an individual who has produced work designed to help others feel the spirit of Christmas. We are calling these conversations “Creating Christmas” because the men and women behind these Christmas projects make it Christmas for people of all ages.

For our first conversation, we spoke with Michael McLean.

McLean’s live Christmas production, “The Forgotten Carols,” has become an annual tradition for many families across the country. Every year, McLean takes this show on the road throughout Idaho, Utah, Arizona and other states.

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What many people don’t know is that “Forgotten Carols” started as a one-man show. Prior to “Forgotten Carols,” he was a popular speaker, singer/songwriter and film producer in christian circles.

McLean is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He says the song that changed the trajectory of his career was “You’re Not Alone.”

Prior to his work as a singer/songwriter, he wrote commercial jingles for ZCMI, Deseret Book and many other well known companies.

Hear McLean talk about how it all began for him, why “The Forgotten Carols” continues to grow in popularity, and what else he is up to these days.


Note: This interview was recorded November 27, before McLean’s performance of “The Forgotten Carols” in Idaho Falls.