5 Favorite Performances From “CMA Country Christmas”

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Christmas is around the corner and the CMA is pulling out all the stops. The country organization wrangled some of country music’s biggest stars to make the season bright.

With Reba McEntire hosting the evening, country stars like Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Alan Jackson and more took us through Christmas classic after Christmas classic. While each performance saw country at it’s best, we chose 5 performances that really stood out.

Watching these performances have put us in the Christmas mood and we hope they do the same for you. Enjoy.


5. Alan Jackson // “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Alan Jackson singing Christmas songs? Hand us a glass of eggnog and move over as we sit by the fire and swoon. We will certainly have a merry little Christmas if Alan Jackson tells us too. “Merry Christmas ya’ll.” Thank you Alan.

4. Luke Bryan // “O Holy Night”

“O Holy Night” takes Luke Bryan out of his element, away from the uptempo butt-shaking hits. It was a nice change from the “Huntin,’ Fishin’ and Lovin’ Everyday” singer that we’d love to hear more of in 2018.

3. Brett Eldredge // “Winter Wonderland”

Brett Eldredge singing Christmas songs never gets old. The Illinois native has a way of emotionally bringing us back to the ’50s and ’60s era with the likes of Frank Sinatra. While some of us weren’t even alive then, many of us grew up listening to those greats singing us through the holidays.

2. Little Big Town with Reba McEntire // “Mary, Did You Know?”

Can we get some more of this please? Reba singing with Little Big Town, arguably the greatest harmonizing group in country music, was simply…how should we put it… music to our ears. We won’t argue if this quintet wanted to take their act on the road.

1. Dan + Shay // “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

We all know that Shay Mooney has one of the best voices in country music but putting his vocals to the Powerful “Do You Hear What I Hear” with Dan Smyers on harmony is absolutely mesmerizing. We can listen to Shay belting out tunes like this all year long

Lisa Konicki
A New Yorker that made her way to the South, Lisa got her love of country music from her dad, who always played the classics. However, her love of fried pickles, a southern staple, came from Blake Shelton, who made her try her very first one. With 20 years experience in the music biz—previously at the helm of Country Weekly Magazine —Lisa loves to de-stress by going to the movies, playing and watching sports or just being outdoors.