Messiah's Dawn is a re-telling of the traditional Christmas story in contemporary songs, instrumentals and narration. Based on a few pieces first developed as part of a Carol Service for Christ Church, Upper Armley, Leeds, in 1989, it received its full premier in 1999 at St George's Church, Leeds. The following year saw the original band and singers come together to record the CD version.
Reviewing the album upon its original release, Tony Cummings of Cross Rhythms Magazine said:
"Andrew Cleaton ... has made a brave leap into the world of musicals by writing a Christmas musical. It's already been performed at St George's Church, Leeds, while an advance copy of this CD has had airplay on UCB. Musically Andrew admits to being influenced by Peter Gabriel and Adrian Snell and there are indeed elements of both of them in the classically tinged pop rock while having the always reliable Simon Goodall to provide many of the lead vocals (like on the elegant "For Unto U") makes for a nicely mellow sound. Also, the narrations of Scripture, so often a pitfall in musicals, are very effective. An excellent production deserving of the widest possible circulation around the churches."