Reba McEntire invites you to a most intimate Christmas celebration with this new medley of “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” It’s just one of the holiday performances she gives on this year’s “CMA Country Christmas” special, which she’s also hosting for the first time.
Reba describes the program, which airs Nov. 27, as a “very warm Christmas show.” She tells Rare Country, “It’s gonna be a great show … with great, talented people singing.”
Reba also teams up for collaborations with Kelsea Ballerini and Little Big Town on the program. For her solo performance, Reba decided to give fans a taste of her latest holiday album, “My Kind of Christmas.” Most of the project features Reba singing solo with just a piano backing her up. It’s like she’s singing in your living room.
Reba tells us, “That’s the reason we did it in the first place. If I had a Christmas party to go to, I’d have [my piano player] Catherine play the tracks where I could just sing along.”
This year, Reba has released an expanded version of “My Kind of Christmas” featuring new collaborations with Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Darius Rucker and Christian msic star Lauren Daigle. She also included her recording of “Silent Night” with Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood, which they performed on Kelly’s Christmas special a few years back.
Says Reba, “It’s gonna be a fun year celebrating Christmas and getting to have this album playing in the background.”
“CMA Country Christmas” airs Monday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Of note, Reba is also up for Grand Ole Opry Moment of the Year at this year’s Rare Country Awards. She’s nominated for that unforgettable duet performance of “Does He Love You” she sang with Carrie Underwood during her 40th anniversary Opry celebration. Voting is now open at RareCountryAwards.com until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville.