CMT rang in the holiday season season on Wednesday night (Dec. 8) with two new Christmas-themed music specials.
CMT Crossroads Christmas: Brett Young & Friends aired first as a companion piece to holiday album Brett Young & Friends Sing the Christmas Classics.
Young's famous friends include Christmas album collaborators Chris Tomlin, Colbie Caillat, Dann Huff, Darius Rucker, Gavin DeGraw and Maddie & Tae and special guests Boyz II Men.
"It was incredible, and everybody crushed it," said Young (as quoted by CMT.com). "It's such an honor and privilege to have my own special. We got there for rehearsals, and my manager said, 'Can you believe you already have your own special?' I said, 'Already? How many people never get one?' Just like the people who sang on the record, the people who signed on to come give two days of their time to come be on the special, I just feel really honored that they would come and grace me with their time and their voices and their talent to make my first special as cool as it is."
For a taste of Young's yuletide cheer, check out his and Maddie & Tae's rendition of "The Christmas Song," a holiday classic popularized by the Nat King Cole Trio in the 1940s.
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A more '90s-centric holiday special, A Tennessee Kind of Christmas, followed. It featured Amy Grant, Billy Ray Cyrus, Clay Walker, Pam Tillis, Steve Wariner, Tracy Lawrence, Wynonna and mother-daughter duo Sara & Olivia Evans.
The Evans family nailed one of the toughest songs to sing in church, "O Holy Night," hitting every high note during a faith-filled performance.
Performances were filmed throughout Nashville, with Lawrence fittingly singing "Cold Beer" at one of Music City's quirkiest destinations, Santa's Pub.
Both holiday specials will re-air during CMT's Christmas Week, Dec. 20-25.
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