Every Song That Will Be Performed During ‘CMA Country Christmas’ 2022
CMA Country Christmas is upon us! The 13th annual holiday special airs on ABC on Thursday and will feature performances…
Carly Pearce; Photo by Josh Brasted/CMA, Old Dominion, Maren Morris; Photos Courtesy ABC
CMA Country Christmas is upon us! The 13th annual holiday special airs on ABC on Thursday and will feature performances by a slew of country music stars, including Dan + Shay, Scotty McCreery, Old Dominion, and more.
Carly Pearce, who is returning to host for the second consecutive year, will also perform during the festive one-hour broadcast.
Pearce returns to the show after co-hosting the 12th annual CMA Country Christmas alongside Gabby Barrett.
“Oh my goodness. When I got the call that I got to come back to host, it was a no-brainer,” Pearce shared. “Hosting is something that’s really special to me and something that I really want to continue to do so I feel very lucky.”
CMA Country Christmas will also feature performances from Steven Curtis Chapman, Maren Morris, Molly Tuttle, and The War And Treaty.
The show will take viewers inside a beautifully decorated home reminiscent of classic Christmas television specials of the past, inviting viewers to sit back and enjoy the season in a warm and intimate setting with their families.
In partnership with Balsam Hill, who provided realistic artificial Christmas trees and holiday decor, CMA will truly bring the magic of Christmas to life in the makeshift home. Information on the products seen on stage during the show can be found HERE.
Ahead of the show, several artists shared their excitement over the opportunity to perform on CMA Country Christmas.
“It’s my first time performing on CMA Country Christmas in like a decade, which is nuts you know? I had so much fun when we got to do it before,” McCreery shared. ”I sing Christmas music all year long, like ask my band, ask my family. So to get to do this with all the artists on the big stage is pretty cool.”
“CMA Country Christmas is one of our favorite things to do every year and this year we get to do two songs which is amazing. Two original songs, we’re doing ‘Officially Christmas’ and ‘Holiday Party.’ ‘Holiday Party is a brand-new song, we’ve never performed it anywhere, so hopefully, we remember the words,” Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers joked. “But if we don’t, no one knows the song yet, so it’s a good place to debut it. Christmas is always an exciting time for us. We love Christmas music and to get invited here with so many amazing artists at CMA Country Christmas, it’s a blast. Hopefully we get invited back next year.”
“This show is special in a way that it is always the first thing that gets me excited for actual Christmas. When I walk in and see the set I’m like… It’s very warm and inviting and we get to play something we don’t normally play,” Old Dominion said collectively.
“I am most looking forward to seeing the set and the band and I am also really excited to get to be singing ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ because it’s one of my favorite Christmas songs,” Morris said. “So many people have covered it over the last hundred years, so I’m kind of like combining a bunch of them into mine, but yeah I’m looking forward to it.”
“This is our first time performing on Country Christmas and we’re performing ‘O’ Holy Night’ I can’t even talk about how excited we are,” The War And Treaty admitted. ”We watched it last year sitting at home in our house and it was just a dream we were like ‘wow, could we do this.’”
Below is a list of all the songs being performing during the 13th Annual CMA Country Christmas.
Carly Pearce – “Here Comes Santa Claus” and “Man With The Bag”
Steven Curtis Chapman – “Precious Promise”
Dan + Shay – “Officially Christmas” and “Holiday Party”
Scotty McCreery – “Holly Jolly Christmas”
Maren Morris – “Merry Christmas Baby”
Old Dominion – “What Christmas Means To Me”
Molly Tuttle and Pearce – Bluegrass Medley – “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Let It Snow,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Christmas Time’s A-Comin’”
The War And Treaty “O Holy Night”
CMA Country Christmas will premiere on Thursday, December 8 at 9/8c on ABC.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.