Gary LeVox Goes Solo for ‘Christmas Will Be Different This Year’

The Rascal Flatts front man is stepping up with a bittersweet holiday single.

Written by Chris Parton
Gary LeVox Goes Solo for ‘Christmas Will Be Different This Year’
Gary LeVox; Photo Courtesy of Big Machine Records

Rascal Flatts front man Gary LeVox is going solo this holiday season, releasing “Christmas Will Be Different This Year” (featuring Stephan Moccio).

Speaking to a year unlike any other and the things that remain the same, the high-flying vocalist offers up a clever tribute to the true meaning of Christmas — perfect for a year of COVID-19. Families may not get to celebrate how they’d like to, but the love underneath the metaphorical Christmas tree remains the same, and LeVox “keeps the fireplace glowing.”

Full of faithful positivity and graceful vocal highs, LeVox promises to uphold his Christmas traditions and keep loved ones in his heart, while a Grammy-award nominee plays piano, adding to the bittersweet feel of the heartstring-tugging tune.

“I’ll keep the fireplace glowing, but it wont be enough / Because I won’t be there, and you wont be here / But I’ll look for the magic in it anyway, and I’ll keep all our traditions just the same / Even though Christmas, will be different this year,” goes the lump-in-your-throat chorus.

The track speaks to a different kind of sadness as well. Rascal Flatts saying goodbye to fans this year, celebrating 20 years of hits with a farewell EP and the deep-thinking single, “How They Remember You.” The band had plans for a nationwide farewell tour as well, but that has been scrapped, and they released Twenty Years of Rascal Flatts: The Greatest Hits in October.