“Choirs will be singing Silent Night / Christmas carols by candlelight / Please come home for Christmas / Please come home for Christmas / If not for Christmas by New Years night,” Hardy croons pleadingly on the song. Melodically, the American Idol alum’s version follows The Eagles’ 1978 cover. The tune was originally released by blues singer Charles Brown in 1960.
“I’ve always had the Eagles version of this song on my playlists during the holidays,” says the 20-year-old. “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 the song, and hope it lifts people up this year.”
This year, Hardy released the songs “Ground I Grew Up On,” “Let There Be Country” and “Tiny Town”— all of which pay tribute to his beloved population 2000 hometown of Livingston, Louisiana. In conjunction with the releases, the country singer also embarked on a 15-stop “Ground I Grew Up On” virtual tour, which amassed over 2 million views.
Take a listen to Laine Hardy’s “Please Come Home For Christmas” above, and check out more new country music releases on our New Nashville playlist below.