Holiday in the sun? Sounds good to us! Kacey Musgraves, with help of the über-talented Quebe Sisters, put us in the holiday spirit with Hawaiian carol ‘Mele Kalikimaka.‘ It also kind of has us craving piña coladas.
Bing Crosby’s Hawaiian Christmas song “Mele Kalikimaka” got a little countrified during the CMA Country Christmas TV Special on Nov. 28 on ABC. Kacey Musgraves, 28, put us in the Christmas spirit with the help of the fiddle swing group, the Quebe Sisters.
In a festive sparkling fringe dress, Kacey belted out the 1950 classic on the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville. She was backed up by Texas natives Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe of the Quebe Sisters. With Kacey’s Southern twang and the Quebe girls’ backup vocals, this performance has us ready for Christmas in the islands! The “Arrow” singer did her best hula and whistled along with the steel guitars and and fiddles.
This holiday is especially special to country star Kacey Musgraves, as her first holiday album, A Very Kacey Christmas, was released at the end of October! The album features eight of your favorite traditional Christmas carols, plus 4 originals. Special guest artists on the tracks include the legendary Willie Nelson, Leon Bridges and, her CMA Country Christmas performance partners — The Quebe Sisters. Kacey told Rolling Stone about the album, “I really wanted to create a whimsical throwback holiday record, one that evokes feelings of nostalgia and simpler times. I think that the fine musicians and brains that were a part of this project have helped me create a body of music that can be added to people’s classic collections.”
She described her unique take on traditional carols as “part western swing sprinkled with bits of classic pop, hazy Hawaiian moments and child-like fun that all comes to a nostalgic, melancholy end and ultimately is very ‘me.'” Well, if it includes her incredible sense of humor that her other songs, such as “Biscuits,” then it’s sure to be a winner! In fact, Kacey gave a special, emotional performance of her original Christmas song, “Christmas Always Makes Me Cry.” Donning sparkling red lipstick and a feather gown, she lit up the Opry stage with her heart-wrenching song.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Kacey and the Quebe Sisters performance of ‘Mele Kalikimaka?’ What’s your favorite CMA Country Christmas performance? Let us know!