JUST IN: Gabby Barrett and Carly Pearce Land Major Co-Hosting Gig

Fans will soon be able to ring in the holiday season with Gabby Barrett and Carly Pearce. The superstars are…


Lauren Jo Black

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November 11, 2021


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Gabby Barrett, Carly Pearce; Photos Courtesy CMA

Fans will soon be able to ring in the holiday season with Gabby Barrett and Carly Pearce.

The superstars are joining forces to host CMA Country Christmas, which is guaranteed to get fans in the holiday spirit when it airs later this month on ABC. 

The exciting news was revealed during a commercial that aired in the midst of the 55th Annual CMA Awards broadcast on Wednesday evening (Nov. 10). 

In the promo clip, the Country Music Association introduced the CMA Country Christmas hosts as they were shown inside a cozy home adorned with elegant holiday décor that will serve as the set for the show.  

Gabby Barrett, Carly Pearce CMA Country Christmas
Gabby Barrett, Carly Pearce CMA Country Christmas Photo via ABC

The holiday hosting gig marks both Barrett and Pearce’s first time hosting a national television show.

The star-studded lineup for the upcoming Christmas special has not yet been announced, however, it’s likely that Barrett and Pearce will take the stage during the show as both of the superstars recently shared their versions of classic Christmas songs.

Barrett recently released a chill-inducing rendition of “Silent Night,” while Pearce shared a stunning version of the modern Christmas classic, “Mary, Did You Know?.”

Barrett was a leading nominee for the 2021 CMA Awards, with four nominations: Female Vocalist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Single of the Year and Song of the Year for “The Good Ones.”

Pearce was crowned Female Vocalist of the Year and was also nominated for Album of the Year for 29

Barrett previously performed “The First Noel” during the 2020 edition of the holiday special.

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Barrett and Pearce follow beloved country couple Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins, who hosted in 2020. 

In 2020, CMA Country Christmas featured performances from Barrett in addition to Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, Tim McGraw and Darius Rucker with Lindsey Stirling.

The one-hour special is expected to air on Monday, November 29 at 8/7c on ABC.

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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.