‘Silent Night’: 3 Country Songstresses Do It Justice Like No Others

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The CMA Country Christmas special was just hosted on ABC on November 27, and if you weren’t feeling Christmas-y before that, you definitely would be following the many star-studded performances. Hosting the festive affair was country music superstar Reba McEntire, who was also recently inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, on November 21.

Our love for McEntire and her body of music has spanned decades, and her taste and style of performing is always true to form – poignant and poetic. And, from her holiday performances, we would expect nothing less. In 2013, she joined Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood for the filming of a Christmas special entitled “Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale,” and from that, the production of the number “Silent Night” was created.

Seen here on the kellyclarksonVEVO YouTube channel, the song “Silent Night” is in itself a moving Christmas classic which was composed in Austria in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber, with lyrics by Joseph Mohr. The song was declared an intangible cultural heritage piece by UNESCO in 2011 and has been recorded by a vast number of performers across countless genres. But, for this particular program, and the audience it spoke to, the selection of these three beautiful songstresses to bring vocal eloquence to this long-cherished melody was as much a blessing as the song itself.