Hunter Hayes, the musical prodigy from Louisiana, recorded "More Than a Child" at the age of 12 on his Christmas album entitled Holidays With Hunter
. Hunter later shared with the songwriter, Larry Holder: "I was always a fan of the song. Did it in a Christmas play in middle school shortly before I recorded the album and really wanted it on the album when we went in to track. It is SUCH a great song! It has a strong lyric that says so much from the point of view of a thankful believer acknowledging the humility yet awe of the savior he/she serves."
Holder explained his inspiration for the song: "In December 1987, soon after hearing a duet of Ricky Skaggs and James Taylor singing 'A New Star Shining,' I was inspired to write a song about Jesus' birth in relation to the reason He came. Later, I arranged the flute part so that my daughter could accompany as I played guitar and sang it as part of our church's Christmas music. Added to my website
in 1997, it has been found and performed around the world ever since."