Christmas 2023

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A) Country Routes News CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN Playlist

B) CMA Country Christmas & listen to their 2023 Playlist

C) She Elf Radio - Christmas 2023 All Female Playlist

D) Complete listing of the new Album & Single Christmas releases for 2023! TBA

Country Routes News CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN Playlist

Enjoy some of the 2023 Seasonal releases as we countdown to Christmas Day.

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Country Routes News CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2023 Playlist

December 25 PICKS: The Kelley Family - Silent Night (IRK Records) written by Josephus Franciscus Mohr Track 7 | Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (IRK Records) written by  Hugh Martin, Ralph Blaine. Tracks 7 & 2 from the album Kelley Family Christmas released Nov 24, 2023

December 24 PICK: Helene Cronin - I Could Use a Silent Night (Helene Cronin) written by Helene Kraft Cronin, Nicole Anne Lewis, released Nov 17, 2023. Track 1 from the EP Beautiful December 

December 23 PICK: Jeff & Sheri Easter - It Won't Be The Same This Year (Gaither Music Group) written by Vince Gill, released Oct 20, 2023 and taken from the album Christmas Is 

December 22 PICK: HunterGirl - Christmas Again (Single; Wheelhouse Records) written by Emily Landis, Hunter Metts, Tristyn Wolkonowski, released Oct 13, 2023. See Blog Post 

December 21 PICK: Bailey Tomkinson - Christmas For Cowboys (Single; Bailey Tomkinson) written by Steve Weisberg, released on Dec 8, 2023. The song was first released by John Denver (August 25, 1975 / October 1975) on The Rocky Mountain Christmas album.

December 20 PICK: Brandy Clark - My Favorite Christmas (Single; Warner Records) written by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally; released on Oct 27, 2023 as a 2 track single along with "I'll Be Home For Christmas"

December 19 PICK: Ingrid Michaelson - This Christmas (Single; Cabin 24 Records) written by Ingrid Michaelson; released on Nov 10, 2023 See Blog Post

December 18 PICK: Jennifer Alvarado - Love Came Down (feat. Daniel Kondas) (Jennifer Alvarado Music) written by Jennifer M Alvarado, Track 2 from her 4-track EP Christmas in Carolina released on Dec 1, 2023 See Blog Post

December 17 PICK: American Blonde - Kiss Me This Christmas (Single; Southern Halo LLC) written by Jimmy Nash, Natalia Morris; released on Oct 20, 2023 See Blog Post

December 16 PICK: Flat River Band (feat. Jeannie Seely) - Christmas Time (Single; Early Bird Records) written by Chad Gene Sitze; released on Nov 30, 2023 See Blog Post

December 15 PICK: Jamie O'Neal and Ty Herndon - Merry Christmas Baby (JOG Inc. / AUDIUM Nashville) written by Allen Mark Russell, Jamie O'Neal; released as Bonus Track on the album Spirit & Joy (Deluxe)  released Nov 3, 2023. See Blog Post: 

December 14 PICK: JD Reynolds - Santa Please (This Christmas) (Single; JD Reynolds) written by JD Reynolds released Nov 10, 2023

December 13 PICK: Amanda Cook - New Star (Single; Mountain Fever Records) Americana; written by Theo MacMillan (An alternative pick to traditional Christmas music with a lyrical twist whilst being a first taste offering of a forthcoming album Restless Soul)

December 12 PICK: Chad Prather - I'd Be Jolly Too (Single; Baste Records) written by Martin Edward Dodson, Wynn VarbleIt's, released Nov 17, 2023. It's a risqué, fun loving Christmas track highlighting Chad’s quest to get ahold of Santa’s Naughty or Nice List, mainly aimed at the Naughty list!

December 11 PICK: Justine Blazer - Happy Little Holiday (Ten7Teen Studios & Records) written by Corey Lee Barker, Hannah JADA Wasserman, Hannah Jae Wasserman, Justine Gabriella Blazer Track 2 from the 10 track album Joy released 24 July 2023. 

December 10 PICK: James Otto - That Spirit of Christmas (Single; Base Station Records) written by Joel D. Webster, John Mable, Parnell Davison, released Dec 1, 2023

December 9 PICK: Jessie James Decker - Top of My List (Warner Music Nashville/Atlantic) written by Abe Stoklasa, Daniel Tashian, Mark Trussell taken from the 6 track EP Decker The Halls, released Nov 3, 2023 

December 8 PICK: Lainey Wilson performs “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” LIVE from Christmas at Graceland on NBC on Nov 29th

December 7 PICK: Eric Paslay - Run Rudolph Run (Single; Song Ranch Records) written by Chuck Berry, Johnny Marks, Marvin Brodie 

December 6 PICK: Jessy Schram - Till The Seasons Change Again (Single; Head Bitch Music) written by Christopher Norton Ayer, Jessica Mayfair Schram, released Nov 24, 2023

December 5 PICK: Morgan Evans - Christmas In The Backyard (Single; Warner Music Nashville) written by Chris DeStefano, Matt Rogers, Morgan Evans, released Nov 24, 2023

December 4 PICK: Scotty McCreery - Feel Like The Holidays (Single; Triple Tigers) written by Bobby Hamrick, Derek George, Frank Rogers,Jeremy Bussey, Monty Criswell released Oct 20, 2023

December 3 PICK: Amanda Kate Ferris - Timeless Joy / O Holy Night (Single; Rockin R Records) written by Kathy Wright Gipson/ Traditional released Dec 3, 2023

December 2 PICK: Twinnie - I Hate Christmas (IKAW Records) written by Jack McManus, Jon Green, Martine McCutcheon, Twinnie-Lee Moore. Track 1 from the EP Blue Christmas released Nov 24, 2023

December 1 PICK: Jess Moskaluke - Counting Down Christmas (MDM Recordings) written by Emily Shackleton, Jess Moskaluke, Victoria Banks. Track 10 from the album A Small Town Christmas (Deluxe Edition) released Nov 24, 2023 



Photo Credit: Robby Klein CMA/ABC 

Fourteenth Annual Holiday Television Special Features Performances

by Jordan Davis, Amy Grant, Lady A, Ashley McBryde, Jon Pardi, Lindsey Stirling,

The War And Treaty, Zach Williams, Lainey Wilson and Trisha Yearwood

“CMA Country Christmas” Airs Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023 on ABC

Watch the “CMA Country Christmas” On-Air Promo HERE

NASHVILLE, TN - NOV 14, 2023

’Tis the holiday season! The Country Music Association has revealed this year’s hosts and performers for its 14th annual holiday television special, “CMA Country Christmas.” Hosted by Country Music stars Amy Grant and Trisha Yearwood, “CMA Country Christmas” features performances by Jordan Davis, Grant, Lady AAshley McBrydeJon PardiLindsey StirlingThe War And TreatyZach WilliamsLainey Wilson and Yearwood.

Filmed in Nashville in front of a live audience, the holiday special showcases one-of-a-kind musical performances of festive classics from Country Music’s biggest stars. “CMA Country Christmas” airs Thursday, Dec. 14 (8:00-9:02 PM/EST) on ABC and next day on Hulu and Disney+.

Performances from Thursday night's (Dec 14, 2023 ) CMA Country Christmas included:

Jon Pardi's "Beer For Santa"

Lainey Wilson and Zach Williams' "Go Tell It On A Mountain"

Jordan Davis' "O Come All Ye Faithful"

The War And Treaty's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"

Ashley McBryde and Lindsey Sterling's "You're A Mean One, Mr Grinch"

Trisha Yearwood and Amy Grant's "Hark The Herald Angels Sing"

 “CMA Country Christmas” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Milton Sneed is the director, and Jon Macks is the writer.

How To Watch CMA Country Christmas 2023

A) Watch it on the BBC iPlayer LINK

B) Watch it on TV on Fri 22 December 2023 20:30 BBC FOUR

C) Watch it on YOUTUBE below via the CMA’s channel playlist:

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Performances, select one to play from the drop down menu **   👇

CMA partnered with Balsam Hill, who provided their beautifully realistic artificial Christmas trees and holiday décor to decorate the “CMA Country Christmas” stage again this year. Product information about what you see on stage can be found at

PLAYLIST: CMA Country Christmas 2023


Enjoy the magic of the holidays with the CMA’s Holiday favorites!

91 songs, 4 hr 45 min 

About “CMA Country Christmas” 

Starting in 2010, “CMA Country Christmas” rings in the holiday season annually with a show full of festive classics and one-of-a-kind musical performances. The event is filmed in Nashville and airs each holiday season on ABC. ABC is the network home to the CMA Awards and CMA’s summer concert TV special “CMA Fest.”

She Elf Radio - Christmas 2023

All Female Playlist: So far 160 songs, about 8.1/2 hours (ONLINE PLAYLIST LINK)

What were the new Christmas releases for 2023?

TBA , stay tuned.....

Listed in release date order

(Date)/ Artist Song title / Label/ Nationality/ Time/ Rating (eg **+ = good)/ Subgenre/ credits


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