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The Best New Original Christmas Country Songs

No matter what you’re feeling at any point in this holiday season, there is a song on this list for you. Take a look below for some of the best original Christmas songs from your country favorites this year!

Original Christmas Country Songs

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, make sure you’re heading into December with the best new Christmas songs in country music. Take a look at the list below for some of our favorite original Christmas songs this season that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

 

Jingle Bell Drunk – RaeLynn

Written by: Corey Crowder, Ernest Keith Smith, and Rocky Block

In this upbeat tune, RaeLynn sings about what we’re all thinking when it comes to Christmas with the family after this year. She doesn’t care who is joining her or not, all she knows is she’s getting “Jingle Bell Drunk” this Christmas.

She released this song along with her take on “Silent Night”, on Raelynn: Merry Christmas.

“I’m getting jingle bell drunk this Christmas / I don’t give a jingle bell what, who isn’t / Listen, I’ve been naughty, I’ve been nice / Made my list and checked it twice”

 

Lit this Year – Florida Georgia Line

Written by: Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Corey Crowder

In a perfect combination of a traditional and a modern Christmas with the family, the boys from Florida Georgia Line make it known that that Christmas tree ain’t the only thing getting lit this year, in the duo’s first holiday song. With a feel-good tune and a hint at their very own Old Camp Whiskey, they let us know how we can get in on the fun too.

“That Christmas tree ain’t the only thing getting lit this year / There’s Old Camp in the eggnog and that fridge is full of cheers / Got some good ole Christmas spirit in this cup right here”

 

Neon Christmas – Mitchell Tenpenny

Written by: Lindsay Rimes, Matt Rogers, Mitchell Tenpenny

Mitchell Tenpenny makes the best of a snow-delayed Christmas in “Neon Christmas”. They may not get to go home together, but they’ll make the best of their Christmas together at whatever bar they can find in town. 

This is the title track of a seven-song EP including four classic songs and two more originals: “Snow Angels” and “Naughty List”. 

“Oh, let’s have a neon Christmas, baby don’t you know / Yeah, as long as we’re together it don’t matter where we go / If a cold beer, corner booth, or dive bar stool’s on your wish list / We can have a neon Christmas”

 

Take Me Home for Christmas – Dan + Shay

Written by: Andy Albert, Dan Smyers, Jordan Reynolds, Jordan Schmidt, Mitchell Tenpenny, Shay Mooney

Dan + Shay hit all the points of wanting to spend the holidays with your special someone in their hometown. From learning their favorite spots in town and meeting family and friends to hearing stories from high school and joining their holiday traditions.

Dan + Shay released a music video to “Take Me Home for Christmas” starring the singers themselves, their wives, children, and dogs. At the end of the video, they hint towards another song release, which was another original Christmas song from the duo, “Christmas isn’t Christmas”, which takes on a sadder side of Christmas when you’re missing the person you used to spend it with. 

“Baby, won’t you take me home for Christmas? / Show me round your town / Take me where you used to watch the snow come down / All of your traditions / I wanna know ‘em all / You’ll check every box off of my list / If you take me home for Christmas”

 

Christmas on the Square – Dolly Parton

Written by: Dolly Parton

It’s difficult to pick a favorite off the star-studded album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, which includes songs with Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus, Michael Bublé, Willie Nelson, Randy Parton, and even Jimmy Fallon. 

However, “Christmas on the Square”, a solo-write, perfectly captures the spirit of the album, the Christmas season, and Dolly’s Jolly attitude. It’ll bring you right to the center of your town during Christmas time, complete with everything that you’d need to get in the Christmas spirit from the decorations and desserts to Christmas carols and snowball fights.

“Christmas on the square / Together as each year / We joyfully meet here / To celebrate family and friends / And we all stick together / No matter whatever / It’s a wonderful town we live in / Christmas on the square”

 

Christmas Through Your Eyes – Lady A

Written by: Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott

Some of the best parts of Christmas time is reminiscing and recalling the traditions and excitement that came with the holiday when you were a kid. The trio sing about seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child, exactly the way Christmas should be seen. 

This song is a part of Lady A’s Deluxe Album, On This Winter’s Night, which includes 16 songs, thirteen classics, and three originals

“Yeah, it’s been a while / The joy and wonder of your smile / Such a precious child / Suddenly, I’m driftin’ back in time / Seein’ Christmas through your eyes”

 

Christmas on the Radio – Runaway June

Written by: Sam Hollander and Martin Johnson

This song is essentially about what we’re trying to do here with this group of songs. In a lyrical mash-up of classic Christmas songs, this original is all about finally making it to that time of year where we can hear Christmas songs on the radio once again.

“Christmas on the Radio” is one of two original songs on Runaway June’s When I Think About Christmas EP, along with three classics. 

“I wanna hear Christmas on the radio / Jingle Bells and Mistletoe / A soundtrack of a cold December night / it only happens once a year / Merry music to my ears / Take my hand, let’s dance under the light / I wanna hear Christmas on the radio tonight”

 

We Need Christmas – Maddie & Tae

Written by: AJ Pruis, Maddie Font, Matthew West, Taylor Kerr

Beautifully written, this song speaks to how much we all need Christmas in these tough times. Beyond the parts of Christmas that would heighten spirits every year like your favorite movies and songs or seeing friends and family, it’s the hope that Christmas can be the healer of an especially difficult and trying year.

This is the title track of their EP, which includes four classic Christmas songs as well as another original, “Merry Married Christmas”, a song about the exciting time as newlyweds and all the firsts that come with spending that first Christmas together. 

“That’s what we need right now / This world could use a little healing / Our hearts could surely use something to believe in / We Need Christmas now more than ever / Bring us together / We need Christmas, come on December / Help us remember / The joy, the peace, and the hope that love can bring / Oh, we need Christmas”

 

Christmas Always Finds Me – Ingrid Andress 

Written by: Derrick Southerland, Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis

Taking us to her softer side and reminding us of how the holidays can be emotional and not always the most exciting of times, Ingrid Andress once again delivers with incredible lyrics and vocals. This song tells us that even when you’re in doubt, Christmas always has a way of coming around no matter where you’re at in life, and is able to bring you back to that happy place, just like when you were a kid. 

“When Silver Bells and Silent Night / And mistletoe’s nowhere in sight / With no chance of snow falling down / Another year older / Little harder to believe / But somehow Christmas always finds me”

 

Let There Be Peace – Carrie Underwood

Written by: Brett James, Carrie Underwood, David Garcia

In this gospel-style song where Carrie Underwood shows off her incredible vocals and range, she also reminds us of the bigger picture of the holidays that we often forget while being consumed with mainstream traditions.  

The song is a part of an eleven-track album, My Gift, which features another original song, “Hallelujah”, which Underwood duets with John Legend.

“Let there be peace / Peace to every nation / Let there be hope / For all the world to see / Let there be love and joy to all the children / Let there be peace on Earth for you and me”

For more country Christmas tunes check out our playlist below!

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Carrie Underwood’s ‘Hallelujah’ To Be Featured in Empire State Building Holiday Light Show

Carrie Underwood and John Legend’s new Christmas duet “Hallelujah” will sync up with the 2020 Empire State Building light show in New York City.

Carrie Underwood "Hallelujah" John Legend

Christmas came early for Carrie Underwood fans when she dropped her highly anticipated holiday album My Gift earlier this fall. And now the festivities continue with a special announcement from the historic Empire State Building in New York City. One of the original songs from the project will sync with the annual light show playing on the famous downtown Manhattan landmark, providing fans near and far with a new way to experience the track. 

“Hallelujah”, written by John Legend and Toby Gad, is a fan favorite from the album and is sure to get people in the holiday spirit. The song will broadcast on iHeartRadio’s Z100 and LiteFM at 8PM ET every night from Saturday, December 19 through Christmas Day. The accompanying light show was choreographed by world-renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman. 

“I’m honored to be able to join the Empire State Building for this wonderful tradition,” said Underwood in a press release earlier this week. “More than ever, it’s a time to embrace the hopefulness and joy of the holiday season, and to share that magic with people around the globe.”

Fans outside New York City can watch the spectacle live online via Earthcam hereAfter the debut performance on December 19, the entire show will also be uploaded to the Empire State Building’s YouTube channel, here.

“Hallelujah” and My Gift are available now everywhere you stream music.

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Carrie Underwood’s Christmas Album ‘My Gift’ is Here

Carrie Underwood’s Christmas Album is finally here and although it’s only September, it seems the holidays have come early. The country superstar has recorded multiple holiday tracks since winning American Idol in 2005, but today’s release titled My Gift is the first full-length Christmas album of her 15+ year career. 

Carrie Underwood My Gift

With a mix of Christmas classics like “O Holy Night”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “Mary Did You Know”, and “O Come All Ye Faithful”, plus original songs sure to become holiday favorites such as “Let There Be Peace”, “Sweet Baby Jesus”, and “Hallelujah”, the album truly has something for everyone. There are even special guests including John Legend and a very unique ‘Little Drummer Boy’, Underwood’s 5-year-old son, Isaiah Fisher. 

The record is full of gospel and soul and showcases two of Carrie Underwoods’ most notable qualities; her killer pipes and her religious devotion. The album has plenty of powerful registers known around the world, but fans will also see a softer side of Underwood’s voice throughout the project as she lends gentler vocals to the spiritual lyrics. The singer-songwriter (plus lifestyle brand entrepreneur and most recently best-selling author) has always put her faith front and center in her career and this project is no different. Even the name of the album, “My Gift” came from a place of worship. 

“I tried to think about the songs that were in it and one of my favorites is “Little Drummer Boy” because the sentiment behind it is so honest,” Underwood said in a teaser video for the project earlier this year. “They’re bringing gifts to baby Jesus and he doesn’t have anything, he’s poor. So he says ‘I’m gonna play my drum for him, that’s what I have’. And to me, that is a gift that was given to him by God. I love music. I love singing. That is my personal gift that I have that I am blessed to do and I want to use that gift and give it back to Jesus”. 

The timing may have finally been right for the songstress to release a holiday project, but the coronavirus pandemic provided a unique challenge when it came to finishing the album. Thanks to technology, however, producer Greg Wells was able to be with Underwood in the studio via Zoom. Behind the scenes, video from the sessions show studio musicians and choral singers socially distant and wearing masks. 

Fans will get a chance to experience the album another way this winter when HBO Max airs an exclusive holiday special. Underwood will appear with a live orchestra and choir, performing both traditional and original songs from the album. An air date for the special hasn’t been announced yet.

“Now more than ever we all need to focus on what Christmas is about,” says Underwood.  “Even though it has been a tough year, sometimes I feel like the greatest realizations can come in the worst times or in the most stressful times and it makes you more thankful for the things that you do have.”  Right now, we’re thankful for the new Carrie Underwood music!

To keep up with Carrie Underwood, follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

My Gift is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music‘ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Laine Hardy Releases Christmas Classic “Please Come Home for Christmas”

For Laine Hardy, Christmas is coming early! The Americal Idol winner surprised fans with the release of his version of the holiday classic song, “Please Come Home for Christmas”.

With just 13 weekends left before Christmas, this song is sure to put you in the holiday spirit! Laine Hardy’s version is laid-back, melodic, and enticing.

“I’ve always had the Eagles version of this song on my playlists during the holidays,” Hardy shares in a recent press release, “Especially with everything going on right now, there are going to be a lot of people missing family and loved ones this Christmas. So I wanted to make my own version of this song, and hope it lifts people up this year.”

It is safe to say that the singer accomplished his goal. His rendition is sure to garner him more and more fans, and truly sounds like it could have been an original song. Hardy’s smooth and sultry vocals leave you mesmerized, and in the mood for some winter love. The instrumentals towards the end of the track are used to elevate the already impressive vocal performance.

Laine Hardy Christmas Song

Laine Hardy has remained poised and humble, despite his quick rise to stardom since his days on Idol. He has developed a fanbase that is unlike any other, always eager for new music and truly supporting every single thing he does. New fans of Hardy should also check out his latest single, “Tiny Town,” which premiered back in July. You will hear the connection between “Please Come Home For Christmas” and the single.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Laine Hardy releases.

To keep up with Laine Hardy, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Please Come Home for Christmas” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

 

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Carrie Underwood Previews “Let There Be Peace” from Holiday Album

In a time of protests, riots and social injustice, country superstar and ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee, Carrie Underwood voices her one wish in the newly released, uplifting anthem, “Let There Be Peace”. The beautiful track is the first taste of her upcoming Christmas album, My Gift, dropping next month on September 25th.

Although Underwood mentions Christmas in the second verse, the references to prayer, Jesus, and the backing gospel choir in the song make it more closely resemble a Christian song at its core. Underwood states that if she had one wish this Christmas, it wouldn’t be for presents under the tree, it would be to stop the crying and fighting in every nation.

“Let there be peace / Peace to every nation / Let there be hope / For all the world to see / Let there be love and joy to all the children / Let there be peace on earth for you and me”

Underwood has put out Christmas songs in the past including “Do You Hear What I Hear?” “The First Noel,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “What Child Is This?” and “O Holy Night.” My Gift will feature eleven songs, including “Let There Be Peace,” “O Holy Night,” and nine other classic Christmas songs. John Legend will join Underwood for a rendition of “Hallelujah,” and her son, Isaiah will be featured on the fourth track, “Little Drummer Boy.”

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about the upcoming Carrie Underwood release in the coming weeks.

To keep up with Carrie Underwood, follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“Let There Be Peace” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music‘ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

 

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Country Music Fan in Your Life

Country Music Christmas

The holidays are right around the corner, and if you are scratching your head because you don’t know what to get the country music lovers in your life, look no further! Here is a list of gifts that would be perfect for anyone who loves country music.

1. VIP tickets for their favorite artist or event

There is nothing better than getting to see your favorite artist up close and personal. Usually, VIP packages include a pre-show acoustic performance, a Q&A, and sometimes a meet & greet. Experiencing VIP is something that everyone should do at least once, and any concert-goer would love this one. For specific packages head to the artist’s website or check out CID Entertainment which hosts unique packages and experiences for concerts all over the country. Check them at cidentertainment.com.

Once in a lifetime VIP Packages available from CID Entertainment

Once in a lifetime VIP Packages available from CID Entertainment

 

2. Official artist merchandise

Country music lovers will definitely love this gift! From hats to shirts, hoodies, koozies, and tote bags, this gift will be loved by any music fan. Merchandise is perfect to wear to any concert you attend and makes the best gift. Merchandise for individual artists are not only available at their concerts, head to the artist’s website to see all they offer. Some of our favorite artist merchandise shops include Walker Hayes, Thomas Rhett and Luke Bryan.

Official Artist Merchandise from Country Artists Like Walker Hayes

Official Artist Merchandise from Country Artists Like Walker Hayes

 

3. Do-It-Yourself: Custom wall décor

If you are looking for a unique gift, why not give the country concert goer in your life a tangible way to cherish a musical memory. Instead of having to scroll through their camera roll to relive the memories, why not give the gift of picture frames or put a collage together yourself! It’s an easy DIY gift and any country music fan will love hanging this up in their house. Just print pictures of your friends at shows or use old ticket stubs and put them into a frame.

Do-It-Yourself: Custom Frames Filled with Concert Memories

Do-It-Yourself: Custom Frames Filled with Concert Memories

 

4. Cool Nashville inspired Merchandise

If the country fan in your life is anything like us, they love anything that has to do with Music City and The Nash Collection does it best. Between ball caps, beanies, cozy sweatshirts, and even gear for your pets, they have it all. They even have a great Nascar Collaboration if the man in your life is a Nascar fan. Their holiday shipping deadline is December 21st so grab your Nashville gear now.

The Nash Collection

The Nash Collection – ELLIE FLEECE RAGLAN

 

5. Tickets for the backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry

Whether you live in Nashville or not, this is the perfect gift for any country music lover. Experiencing the backstage tour of The Opry is something very special. You get to learn about the history of the Opry and country music, take a look at the dressing rooms, and even step foot on stage where your favorite artists have stood.  Here is a recap of our trip last year to the Grand Ole Opry and our VIP Backstage Tour. Visit Opry.com to book your backstage tour.

VIP Backstage Tours at Grand Ole Opry

VIP Backstage Tours at Grand Ole Opry

 

6. Vinyl albums

Nowadays you can listen to any song you’d like on-demand thanks to streaming, but we still think everyone appreciates getting the gift of the real deal and vinyl records are making a big comeback.  There is nothing like dropping the needle and hearing that old-timey sound as your favorite song blasts out the speakers. Most artists you can find through their website shops or on sites like Amazon.

Vinyl Records of Favorite Country Music Artists

Vinyl Records of Favorite Country Music Artists

 

7. Festival Tickets

This is the ultimate gift for any country music fan in your life. One of our favorites is up at Hunter Mountain, New York, which is always a great weekend away with friends. This year, the festival is changing its name to TrailBlazer and tickets are officially on sale now!

For the past three years New York Country Swag has attended the festival and set up a merch booth and we love getting to meet our readers and followers in person each year! Check out our recap from this year’s festival. Another festival to look into is California’s Stagecoach. Another great idea for a perfect trip to create unforgettable memories. Finally, a country music lover’s bucket list festival is most likely CMA Fest, the best week of the year in Nashville for country music. From the free live music to the meet & greets, to the nightly stadium shows, this is the perfect gift and a great experience you can share together.

Taste of Country Music Festival, Hunter Mountain, NY

Taste of Country Music Festival, Hunter Mountain, NY

 

8. This Shirt Saves Lives – Donation to St. Jude

Feel good about your gift this year by donating to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and becoming a part of the This Shirt Saves Lives campaign. St. Jude is an incredible organization in Memphis, TN that provides the top care for children and their families dealing with cancer and other diseases. By donating, you are helping St. Jude operate, continue their amazing research that helps doctors and hospitals all over the country and allowing the patients to never receive a bill for the best care. In the process, you will match all of the country artists by rocking a This Shirt Saves Lives T-Shirt. For more information and to find out how to donate click here.

 

9. NYCountry Swag Merchandise

And last but certainly not least, be sure to head to our “Shop” and get all of your loved ones some New York Country Swag merchandise.  We have something for everyone including ballcaps with our signature logo, awesome country music inspired t-shirts and most special of all, our hero collection.  The Hero Collection by NYCountry Swag is inspired by the men and women of the Military, Fire & Police Departments across the country. We are dedicated to honoring their service and remembering their sacrifice. A portion of sales from each purchase in this collection is donated monthly different foundations that support our heroes. For more information, click here.

Red Line & Camo Tanks from the 'Hero Collection' from NYCountrySwag.com Shop

Red Line & Camo Tanks from ‘The Hero Collection’ from NYCountrySwag.com Shop

 

'Whiskey Me Away' Flannel from NYCountrySwag.com Shop

‘Whiskey Me Away’ Flannel from NYCountrySwag.com Shop

 

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A Decade of Great Country Christmas Albums

As the decade comes to a conclusion and our final Christmas of the decade brews, we rounded up our favorite country Christmas albums of the past 10 years.

 

Kacey Musgraves – A Very Kacey Christmas

Released on October 28th, 2016 as Musgraves’ first Christmas album, A Very Kacey Christmas was produced by Musgraves herself, Kyle Ryan and Misa Arriaga. Musgraves describes the album as “part western swing sprinkled with bits of classic pop, hazy Hawaiian moments and child-like fun that all comes to a nostalgic, melancholy end and ultimately is very ‘me,'” and adds, “There can be a touch of sad feelings and memories during the holiday season for a lot of people so I knew when I went in to write I wanted to include all the emotions this time of year can bring out.”

On November 29th, Musgraves released The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show on Amazon Prime.

Brett Eldredge – Glow

Glow is the third studio album by Brett Eldredge. It was released on October 28th, 2016 via Atlantic Nashville and hosts the likings of “big band” signature stylistics like Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby on their Christmas records Eldredge grew up on. It debuted at No. 29 on Billboard 200 and No. 2 on the Top Country Albums chart. Eldredge recently embarked on his annual Glow Tour beginning a two-night stay at the Ryman on Dec. 4th and will be making an appearance at the Beacon Theater December 17th and 18th.

Chris Young – It Must Be Christmas

It Must Be Christmas is Young’s sixth studio album and first Christmas album released via Columbia. Young co-wrote two of the album’s ten tracks and features the likes of Alan Jackson, Boyz II Men and Brad Paisley. The originals are “Under The Weather” and “It Must Be Christmas.” On Young’s favorite Christmas records, CMT, “All my favorite Christmas records have always had one or two originals on there,” he said. “So, the fact that these came this year in writing rooms and they’re both so different, is perfect timing. ‘It Must Be Christmas’ is very different in tone than ‘Under the Weather,’ but they compliment each other. But like I said, I’ve tried to write them before and for whatever reason, they haven’t come together until this year.”

Lady Antebellum – On This Winter’s Night

Released on October 22nd, 2012 via Capitol Records Nashville, this was Lady Antebellum’s fourth studio album. On December 13th, 2012, the album was certified Gold. Produced by Paul Worley, the album includes the six tracks previously released on their On This Winter’s Night EP.

Loretta Lynn – White Christmas Blue

Lynn recorded White Christmas Blue while tracking her album at the time Full Circle. It is her 44th studio album and second Christmas album since her first Christmas album released in 1966. Produced by Patsy Lynn Russell, Lynn’s daughter, and John Carter Cash, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash’s son, the album was recorded at Cash Cabin Studios in Henderson, TN and released via Sony Legacy.

Blake Shelton – Cheers, It’s Christmas

Released on October 2nd, 2012 via Warner Bros. Nashville, the album features a number of special guests including Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies composed of Lambert, Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley, Kelly Clarkson, 5th Place season 1 of NBC’s The Voice contestant Xenia and Shelton’s mother Dorothy Shackleford. A Christmas rendition of Michael Bublè’s “Home” is also featured with Bublè himself.

“Time For Me To Come Home,” the song was written with Shelton’s mother, Dorothy Shackleford, inspired The Hallmark Channel holiday film, “Time For Me To Come Home For Christmas.”

Jennifer Nettles – To Celebrate Christmas

Past ABC’s CMA Country Christmas TV host released her Christmas album on October 28th, 2016 via Big Machine Records. Produced by Julian Raymond, it was Nettles’ third studio album and her first holiday album. This marks Jennifer’s first holiday project solo after Sugarland’s holiday release Gold and Green.

LeAnn Rimes – Today is Christmas

Released on October 16th, 2015, this album features holiday classics and two original songs co-written by the singer. The star also is in a Hallmark movie called It’s Christmas, Eve. In addition to acting, Rimes contributed three original songs to the soundtrack, “The Gift of Your Love,” “It’s Christmas, Eve” and “You and Me and Christmas.”

Rimes is currently on her You and Me and Christmas Tour inspired by the third track written for her Hallmark film and her opening act is our Swag Session alum, Kalie Shorr.

Rascal Flatts – The Greatest Gift of All

The Greatest Gift of All, released October 21st, 2016, was produced by the trio themselves. Making the record even more special,  the three members young children sang on “Silent Night” making it even more sweet and personal.

“It probably seems crazy that we waited this long to release a Christmas record,” said Jay DeMarcus in a statement. “We just wanted to do it right! There are certain songs I think most everyone wants to hear during Christmas, and we wanted to put our own special spin on those songs while adding in a couple of our personal favorites. We had a blast making this album, and being in the producer’s chair ourselves, makes it extra fun and challenging for us.”

Scotty McCreery – Christmas With Scotty McCreery

Season 10 American Idol winner released his holiday album on October 16, 2012, which later was certified Gold on November 26, 2012. He self-described his favorite song as “Christmas In Heaven;” a song about his grandfather who died while he was getting ready for the album release.

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Thomas Rhett Releases Both an Original and Classic Christmas Song

Thomas Rhett Christmas

Country music superstar Thomas Rhett is getting us ready for the holiday season! The singer-songwriter celebrated his favorite holiday by releasing two new Christmas jams for fans to listen to all season long, including an original entitled “Christmas In The Country” and his own rendition of the classic “The Christmas Song.”

“Christmas is hands-down my favorite time of the year,” the hitmaker shares in a recent press release. “We have so many Christmas traditions in our family that included a lot of festival music, but I’ve never recorded anything myself. Lauren has wanted me to make some Christmas music for a long time, so this year felt like the right time to finally take a stab at writing something and to put my own twist on one of the all-time classics.”

Making his wife, family, and fans proud, Rhett’s new original song is an instant hit. The new track is endearing and as cheerful as they come! The singer laments about all his favorite Christmas traditions and wintery landscapes, as the sounds of jingle bells create an inviting backing track to his smooth vocals.

“We got snowflakes falling on an old true lane / Red-bow wreathes on a windowpane / Just sitting ‘round a fire with the ones who love me / Miles from a city and the crazy crowd / Where the pine trees grow and the world slows down / Way out here, yeah man I sure feel lucky / Doing Christmas in the country (Do-do, do-do, do-do)”

Keeping the spirit of Christmas alive and well, Rhett also premiered his rendition of his wife’s favorite Christmas classic “The Christmas Song.” In his version, the Grammy nominee leans on his country roots and R&B vibes to deliver a spectacular cover of the heartwarming classic laced with jazz influences. It is clear that the singer has been gearing up to record this special song for a long time coming.

We love how Thomas Rhett continues to deliver music that speaks to who he is an artist and as a family man. The singer just wrapped up his widely successful 2019 Very Hot Summer Tour last month. The sold-out tour blazed its way through major cities, including an unforgettable stop at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

To keep up with Thomas Rhett follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Christmas In The Country” and “The Christmas Song” are now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Rachel Wammack Releases Beautiful Christmas Covers

There’s nothing like country taking over Christmas music. RCA Records Nashville’s new artist Rachel Wammack recently dropped her classic-Christmas covers of “This Christmas” and “O Holy Night” as part of a Live from Thirteen Performance. These festive releases are following her debut chart-climbing single “Damage.” The holiday renditions are just a taste of what her vocal range is capable of.

“There have been so many wonderful highs from playing the Opry and the Ryman for the first time and putting out my EP as well as my debut single ‘Damage.’ It seemed fitting to end the year with two of my favorite Christmas songs as a ’thank you’ to all of the fans who have supported me. All in all, this year has been such a blessing and I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store,” Wammack says in a press release.

Wammack recently performed her holiday spins at WSMV’s Today in Nashville. She played “O Holy Night” on the piano and her rendition was incredibly soulful. Performing these holiday classics, these covers show her ability to conquer any song confidently.

Wammack’s continuing to showcase her talent on the road with Brett Young on his CMT ON TOUR: HERE TONIGHT which hits NYC this weekend, Sunday, December 9th. Grab your tickets here. Fans will be able to have an inside look at the run this weekend during CMT Hot 20 Countdown. Make sure to spin “This Christmas” and “O Holy Night” out everywhere at all digital retailers.

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Top Original Country Music Christmas Songs

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! As Thanksgiving is behind us and the magic of the holiday season begins to fill the air, what better way to get into the spirit than turning up that holiday music? In the list below, we’re taking a look at original Christmas songs from some of our favorite country music artists.

 

 

“It’s Not Christmas”
by Brown & Gray

“It’s Not Christmas” is an emotional and heartfelt ode to one’s significant other claiming despite everything that makes it feel like Christmas, “It’s not Christmas til you come around”.  The beautiful lyrics and soft vocals make for the perfect Christmas love song. Brown & Gray joined NYCountry Swag to record the song for a LIVE Swag Session, check out the video above.

 

“Glow”
by Brett Eldredge

“Glow” immediately hits you with the ever-cheerful jazz, of so many classic Christmas songs. It’s a new take on the timeless Christmas love song, filled with flattering lyrics and holiday metaphors about a glowing love interest, “Your looks are evergreen/ Sweet as the angels as they sing.”

 

“Gold and Green”
by Sugarland

“Gold and Green” is a delicate acoustic tune that provides a description of many elements that create Christmas magic- lit up sparkling Christmas trees, tinsel in windows, flickering candles, packages and presents, children, carols, confetti, and wishes. The reiteration that “Everything looks better in gold and green,” emphasizes the extra details put into the Christmas season.

 

“You Make It Feel Like Christmas”
by Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton

“You Make It Feel Like Christmas” is a dance-worthy song that shows gratitude toward your lover. They brought love and joy back into your life and because of them, you are experiencing all of the wonderful elements of Christmas again- “Sweet gingerbread made with molasses/My heart skipped and I reacted.

 

“Present Without A Bow”
by Kacey Musgraves and Leon Bridges

“Present Without A Bow” is a great way to express appreciation to those you care about most because without them holidays would not be the same, it would be “like a present without a bow”. The joy and cheer of the holidays spent with those you love, not material things, is what makes the season special as the song gracefully explains.

 

“Candy Cane Christmas”
by Darius Rucker

“Candy Cane Christmas” is a sweet song detailing a Christmas Eve and morning that so many know all too well, like it is a story right out of your own living room. “Angels sittin’ high upon a tree/Watchin’ over presents patiently/Milk and cookies on a plate/Santa Clause is on his way/The kids should be fast asleep”. The familiar scene can provide nostalgia of Christmas’ past to some and a reminder of something to look forward to for others.

 

Check out these tracks along with a bunch of our other favorite country Christmas songs on the playlist below and make sure to give the playlist a follow as we update with new tunes throughout the holiday season!

 

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