Re-Live Gabby Barrett’s Goosebumps-Inducing Performance of ‘Silent Night’ from ‘CMA Country Christmas’

Country hitmaker Gabby Barrett took a short break from her CMA Country Christmas hosting duties for an angelic performance of…

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Lauren Jo Black

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November 29, 2021

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Gabby Barrett; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA

Country hitmaker Gabby Barrett took a short break from her CMA Country Christmas hosting duties for an angelic performance of the traditional Christmas carol, “Silent Night.”

Donning a stunning white gown and joined by husband Cade Foehner on guitar, the chart-topping singer/songwriter performed the popular Christmas tune. 

Gabby Barrett; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA
Gabby Barrett; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA

“Not only am I hosting CMA Country Christmas this year, I am also performing, but I’m definitely more nervous to host for sure,” Barrett said ahead of her performance. ”I haven’t hosted anything before. I mean, I’ve been singing since I was 9, performing since I was 11, so that’s pretty much all that I know really well and what I’m comfortable with, but thankfully I have a good friend like Carly who makes it easier and makes it more comfortable. So, I’m thankful for her.”

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In late October, Barrett shared her rendition of “Silent Night” as an Apple Music original. 

“When I was performing at a very young age and singing anywhere that I could, at any Christmas tree lightings in the area — around Pittsburgh, where I’m originally from — I remember always singing ‘Silent Night’ and people always sang along,” Barrett said. “So it always just takes me back to that memory of where I came from and where I started.”

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, Carrie Underwood and Lainey Wilson.

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

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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.