Maren Morris Performs Alongside U.S. Army Band at National Christmas Tree Lighting

GRAMMY award winner Maren Morris made her way to the nation’s capitol to take part in a long-standing holiday tradition:…


Lauren Jo Black

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December 5, 2021


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Maren Morris; Photo Courtesy Mary Kouw/CBS

GRAMMY award winner Maren Morris made her way to the nation’s capitol to take part in a long-standing holiday tradition: the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. 

Donning a black fur and navy blue leather jacket, Morris delivered a festive performance of “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” alongside the  U.S. Army Band Downrange during The National Christmas Tree Lighting on CBS, which aired Sunday evening (Dec. 5).

Watch her performance below.

Co-written by Johnny Marks, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” was first recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958 and has gone on to be recorded by numerous artists across all genres, including Meghan Trainor, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber. 

Morris documented her trip to Washington, D.C. on Instagram, and even shared photos from her tour of the White House. 

Maren Morris; Photo via Instagram
Maren Morris; Photo via Instagram

Hosted by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee LL COOL J, The National Christmas Tree Lighting originally aired on CBS on Sunday, Dec. 5. 

The annual holiday special was presented by the National Park Service (NPS) and National Park Foundation (NPF) and featured performances by Billy Porter, Chris Stapleton, H.E.R., Juanes, Keb’ Mo’, Kristin Chenoweth and Patti LaBelle. 

The star-studded special highlighted the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in President’s Park in Washington, D.C. and also showcased performances by the Howard Gospel Choir.

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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 and her work being featured on 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.