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Two more singles from John Berry, "What's in It for Me" and "You and Only You," reached the Country Top Five, and the album was certified platinum. In 1995, Liberty Records' parent company, EMI, moved him from Liberty to their new country imprint, Patriot Records. Berry's Patriot debut, Standing on the Edge, produced two more Top Five Country singles, the title track and "I Think About It All the Time," and the album went gold. Later the same year, the label released Berry's first Christmas album, O Holy Night. Patriot also reissued two of his early independent titles, Saddle the Wind and Things Are Not the Same. But Patriot proved to be a short-lived experiment, and Berry's fourth major-label album, Faces, appeared on Capitol Nashville in September 1996. Faces went gold and produced three hit singles, but Berry and Capitol Nashville didn't see eye to eye on his creative direction, leaving two albums recorded but unreleased. In 1999, Berry signed a new contract with the Disney-affiliated Lyric Street Records, who released Wildest Dreams in September of that year. The album proved to be a commercial disappointment, and Berry left the major labels, signing to the independent Ark 21. Ark 21 released his second Christmas album, My Heart Is Bethlehem, in October 2000, while All the Way to There appeared a year later.
While Berry still had a healthy following as a live act, especially for his annual Christmas concerts, he decided it was time to take control of his recording career. After briefly reuniting with Capitol Nashville to release Christmas Live in 2002, he founded his own label, Clear Sky Records. Through Clear Sky, he released 2004's I Give My Heart and 2008's Those Were the Days, as well as another holiday album, 2003's O Holy Night Live. A committed Christian, Berry recorded an album reflecting his beliefs, Real Man, Real Life, Real Good, for Daywind Records in 2012. The same year, he published a book, Songs & Stories, which featured essays on his best-known songs, as well as a CD with new versions of his classic hits. After launching a successful crowd-funding campaign, Berry returned to the recording studio to record a new album in 2015. What I Love the Most was slated for release through Mansion Entertainment in June 2016. ~ Mark Deming