Lainey Wilson and Zach Williams Unite for a Spirited Performance of ‘Go Tell It On A Mountain’

The pair of artists joined a star-studded lineup of performers during ‘CMA Country Christmas.’

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Madeleine O’Connell

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December 15, 2023

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Zach Williams, Lainey Wilson; Photo by Acacia Evans, CMA

Lainey Wilson teamed up with Zach Williams for an energized performance of the spiritual song, “Go Tell It On A Mountain,” during the 14th annual CMA Country Christmas.

This classic Christmas tune was made famous by John Wesley Work Jr. and likely dates back to the mid-19th century. Throughout all these years, countless artists have recorded their renditions of the tune, giving it a new life each year. In front of the live audience, Williams and Wilson took their shot at the song by rejuvenating the religious lyrics with an up-tempo delivery on the stage of Belmont University’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Nashville, TN.

Donning a brown, suede jacket decked out in fringe, Williams sang the opening verse with his signature grit and Christian-rock sound before Wilson made her way to the stage wearing a Christmas plaid jumpsuit. The artists took turns on the remaining verses and came together in a string of spiritual harmonies on the chorus.

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As guitar solos and trumpets galore bellowed in the background, Wilson and Williams brought the audience to their feet with the cheerful chorus as they sang, “Go, tell it on the mountain / Over the hills and everywhere / Go, tell it on the mountain / That Jesus Christ is born.”

“This Is An Honor”

Before their performance, the artists each took a moment to express their excitement to come together and deliver a song that holds significance in their annual traditions as well as many others around the world. 

Zach Williams, Lainey Wilson; Photo by Acacia Evans_CMA_
Zach Williams, Lainey Wilson; Photo by Acacia Evans/CMA

“This is crazy. I’m getting to sing a song with you, I’ve been a fan of yours for a really long time,” Wilson told her on-stage duet partner. “And getting to do ‘Go Tell It On A Mountain,’ you know, I grew up going to Baskin Baptist Church and every single year around this time, this is what we would sing.”

 “This is an honor for me, big fan,” Williams added. “Getting the chance to do this song and just be here and be a part of CMA Country Christmas, some of my favorite artists are performing, it’s awesome.”

Trisha Yearwood And Amy Grant Co-Hosted The Spectacular Evening

Trisha Yearwood, Amy Grant; Photo by Robby Klein with ABC
Trisha Yearwood, Amy Grant; Photo by Robby Klein with ABC

Co-hosted by Trisha Yearwood and Amy Grant, this spectacular performance aired Thursday, Dec. 14 as part of the 14th annual holiday television special, which featured a mix of holiday favorites and original Christmas songs. 

Alongside their hosting duties, Grant and Yearwood delivered several performances throughout the evening including their joint deliveries of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Joy to the World” featuring famous violinist, songwriter, and dancer, Lindsey Stirling. Grant later returned return to sing her 1992 rendition of “Grown Up Christmas List” and Yearwood partnered with Stirling once again to sing the classic, “O Holy Night.”

Jordan Davis; Photo by Josh Brasted CMA
Jordan Davis; Photo by Josh Brasted CMA

The remainder of the performance lineup includes Jordan Davis (“O Come All Ye Faithful”), Lady A (“What Christmas Means to Me”), Ashley McBryde with Stirling (“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”), Jon Pardi (“Beer for Santa”), and The War And Treaty (“Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)”).

Produced by the Country Music Association, CMA Country Christmas is directed by Milton Sneed, written by Jon Macks and executively produced by Robert Deaton. CMA also once again partnered with Balsam Hill to bring a stunning array of realistic artificial Christmas trees and other holiday décor to the set of CMA Country Christmas. For more information regarding the decorations you will see on stage, visit balsamhill.com/c/cma

For those who missed the December 14 premiere on ABC, there will be another opportunity to snuggle up by the fireplace and enjoy the show. A special encore presentation of CMA Christmas will air Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 10/9c on ABC. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.