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CMA Country Christmas Full Recap

Last night’s CMA Country Christmas special was filled with outstanding performances and memorable moments. The show was hosted by rising female country stars Carly Pearce and Gabby Barrett. The various performers gave us different flavors of country music along with comedic relief from the hosts and some of the performers.

One of the different types of music displayed tonight was a retro feel. The Pistol Annies kicked off the show with a very 60s-inspired performance of “Snow Globe” from their debut Christmas album Hell of a Holiday. The vocal arrangement, backing band, and saxophone solo made this a standout performance! Another retro performance was from Brett Eldredge of his song “Merry Christmas Baby”. Eldredge showcased the power of his voice and took us back to a classic Christmas with a Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra-inspired sound, complete with a brass band!


CMA Country Christmas wouldn’t be complete without special and unique collaborations and tonight’s show was no exception. Accompanied by Louis York and The Shindellas, Jimmie Allen gave an amazing Motown-style performance of his collaborative song “What Does Christmas Mean”. The Shindellas’ harmonious vocals and retro dance moves made this performance a standout moment from tonight’s show.