Stephen Jones, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University, teamed up with BYU alumni and some of Utah's finest studio musicians to create a gift of music during the 2008 Christmas season. The song, "Joy to Everyone This Christmas," came as an inspiration to Jones. "Our hope is to share this gift and invite people to serve others and spread joy in their own communities this season," Jones said.
Emmy-award winning composer and producer Sam Cardon and vocalists Jenny Jordan Frogley and David Osmond collaborated with Jones to write and produce the song. University photographer Mark Philbrick provided images from around the world to be used in the music video. Philbrick's photos represent people from all parts of the globe to echo the reverberation of the words of the song: "Let all the world join... every nation and land. Everyone."