Watch Carly Pearce’s Angelic ‘O Holy Night’ Performance from ‘CMA Country Christmas’

Newly crowned CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Carly Pearce took a break from her CMA Country Christmas co-hosting duties…


Lauren Jo Black

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November 29, 2021


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Carly Pearce; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA

Newly crowned CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Carly Pearce took a break from her CMA Country Christmas co-hosting duties for a performance of “O Holy Night.”

Taking the stage in a stunning satin red dress, Pearce put her soaring vocals on full display as she sweetly sang the beloved Christmas carol.     

Click below to watch.

Pearce joined forces with Gabby Barrett to co-host CMA Country Christmas.

“I’ve never missed CMA Country Christmas,” she shared ahead of the show. “I always watch as a fan and have wanted to be a part of the show, so the fact that I get to do it and host it at the same time, is a Christmas dream.”

She later added, “I always loved to perform and am so grateful for that, but I have wanted to host. It’s been a dream of mine. It’s been something on my bucket list, so the fact that I’m now getting to host such a special event is really exciting.” 

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

For Pearce, hosting alongside Barrett was the icing on the (Christmas) cake.

“Gabby and I are friends in real life, so I think you’re just gonna see two girls that really do get along have a lot of fun and kinda do this together for the first time, which is I think a special thing,” she said. 

Later in the show, Pearce and Barrett joined forces for a performance of  “Sleigh Ride.”

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

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, 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.