Stripping the music down to the purity of a grand piano and simply Bryan’s voice, his vocal repertoire was on display as he hit all of the grandeur notes throughout the angelic tune. Strings amped up the performance as Bryan’s tone escalated to great heights in each vibrato-heavy run that highlighted the underrated talent that the country star possesses as a vocalist.
Just like that of the original version of “O Holy Night,” Bryan emphasized the power of minimalism when it came to the recording and performing process.
“We just did piano and strings. We didn’t do any fancy production of click tracks. We just kinda let it feel organic and real,” Bryan said of the recording. “I didn’t spend all day singing it that particular day. I just felt like the big man upstairs was on my side singing it, and it was a very emotional, uplifting feeling while I was in the vocal booth, and probably one of my better vocals I’ve performed in my career.”
Bryan was joined at the CMA Country Christmas by Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town and even a few new faces like CB30. Reba took on the hosting duties and even busted out a couple Christmas collaborations as well throughout the festive evening.
Fans can pick up a copy of “O Holy Night” on iTunes now.