Lainey Wilson’s Flirty Cover of George Strait Will Get You In the Holiday Spirit

Chart-topping country songstress Lainey Wilson brought her bell bottom country flavor to CMA Country Christmas with a flirty performance of…

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Lauren Jo Black

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November 29, 2021

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Lainey Wilson; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA

Chart-topping country songstress Lainey Wilson brought her bell bottom country flavor to CMA Country Christmas with a flirty performance of the George Strait holiday classic, “Christmas Cookies.” 

The Louisiana native was thrilled over the opportunity to perform on the annual holiday special for the first time ever. 

Carly Pearce, Gabby Barrett, Lainey Wilson; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA
Carly Pearce, Gabby Barrett, Lainey Wilson; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA

“I’m excited for my family back at home in Northeast Louisiana to watch the show, to hear me,” Wilson admitted before the broadcast. “I’m singing ‘Christmas Cookies’ by George Strait, which is just a song that my family and I absolutely love and we turn it up during Christmas time, so it’s gonna be cool for them to watch me on TV and sing one of our favorite Christmas songs.”

Click below to watch her performance. 

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Wilson released a cover of “Christmas Cookies” shortly after her debut single, “Things A Man Oughta Know,” topped both the Mediabase and Billboard Country radio charts. It was a monumental moment as Wilson became the first new solo female artist to earn a No.1 since Gabby Barrett with “I Hope” in April 2020. 

Lainey Wilson; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA
Lainey Wilson; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA

Gabby Barrett and Carly Pearce joined forces to co-host CMA Country Christmas, which aired on Monday, November 29 on ABC. 

The star-studded show also featured festive performances by Barrett, Pearce, Jimmie Allen with Louis York and The Shindellas, BRELAND, Brett Eldredge, Lady A, Pistol Annies, and Carrie Underwood.

Beginning November 30, CMA Country Christmas will be available to watch anytime on demand and available to stream on Hulu. 

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Lauren Jo Black

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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.