It’s that time of year for holiday specials and the season starts out with the CMA Country Christmas hosted again by Jennifer Nettles. Who was all decked out in red for the opening number and looking very festive. She looked really good slim and beautiful, especially since last year she was expecting and her pregnancy showed. I wasn’t thrilled with the opening song but it was well preformed.
Jingle Bell Rock was performed by Rascal Flatts who always are in good harmony and sounded great. The animated background of snow and lights was a great touch. A special person in the audience was Brenda Lee who sang Rocking Around The Christmas Tree.
Kellie Pickler sang Man With the Bag looking amazing in her silver sparkly gown, it was a cute song. A moving performance was So This is Christmas by Darius Rucker it has always been one of my favorite secular Christmas songs and the kids choir was a very nice touch.
Sheryl Crow did Merry Christmas Baby it was a catchy tune not sure how christmasy it was though but it fit in with her pop background. I Saw Three Ships performed by Trace Adkins with a Alyth McCormack, she was beautiful her voice so captivating and his strong voice really did the song proud, they were a great duet. The fiddles and other instruments really made the song come alive. The show then included some non country artists such as Mary J Blige singing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas who looked radiant in her jade gown, the song was beautiful.
Hunter Hayes Let It Snow gave his performance from the road which added to the country feel of the show he sounded great he is such an adorable young man with such charisma and musicality. The nicest part was the performers sharing things about their family Christmas traditions made me feel closer to them. The other heartwarming moment was a make a wish kid Tatum who got to meet Luke Bryan.
Jake Owen did Mela Kalikimaka the Hawaiian song and it didn’t seem fitting to the show but he made it work for the show and sounded great, the fiddlers helped to make it country song. Luke Bryan sang Run Run Rudolph never did care for that song but sung by this man I’d listen to it anytime. Michael W Smith Christmas Day was on the show this year, he sang a duet with Jennifer which was beautiful with the children’s choir.
Lucy Hale Christmas Baby Please Come Home, for an actress she has a good voice she did a great rendition of the song. Lady Antebellum did I’ll Be Home For Christmas, this is one of my favorite country groups and they did not disappoint this year with this timeless classic. Trace did another duet this time with Lily Costner Silent Night, it was a nice song but I liked his first song better his partner had a lovely voice. Sheryl Crow did another song as there was also a song by the guys from Duck Dynasty. The holiday Season has begun and I’m ready for Christmas to come.