Reba McEntire shares dinner and music with her pals Vince Gill and Amy Grant David Livingston/Getty Images
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Reba McEntire’s holiday album, “My Kind of Christmas,” is designed to feel like you’ve dropped in on a holiday party at her house. That’s why it includes the simple solo performances of Christmas classics like “Jingle Bell Rock” and “O Holy Night” featuring Reba backed up with just a piano.

It wouldn’t be a party without friends, so Reba invited a few of her closest pals to sing with her on the project, too. Darius Rucker joins her for “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and Trisha Yearwood and Kelly Clarkson are on hand for a collaboration on “Silent Night.”

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Then there’s Reba’s stunning new recording of “Mary, Did You Know?” with her longtime comrades Vince Gill and Amy Grant. The three of them trade vocals throughout the song, and Amy truly stands out as she recites some of the lyrics towards the end of the performance.

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Through the entire performance, you can tell the bonds of friendship are strong among these three artists.

Reba tells Rare Country, “Vince and Amy are great friends. I love ’em to pieces. I have a standing invitation anytime to drop in for dinner, and Amy’s a great cook, which I’m really glad [about], ’cause I’m not.”

Reba and Vince have been friends since the ’80s, and they’ve recorded several duets, including the 1992 smash hit, “The Heart Won’t Lie.”

“I’ve known Vince forever,” Reba adds. “Even before [my son] Shelby was around. I love Vince. I love Amy, and for them to sing with me on this album is just the icing on the cake.”

During her recent performance of “Mary, Did You Know” on the “CMA Country Christmas” special, Reba recruited Little Big Town to fill in for Vince and Amy. You can check out that performance and many more when ABC re-airs “CMA Country Christmas” on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 9 p.m. ET.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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