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Rod Stewart Gets Ready for the Holidays on 'Silent Night' – Song Premiere

Rocker celebrates the holidays with majestic rendition

Rod Stewart
Courtesy of Verve
October 23, 2012 9:00 AM ET

Rod Stewart is ready to ring in the holidays, and on October 30th, he'll deliver the seasonal album Merry Christmas, Baby, featuring Cee Lo Green, Mary J. Blige and a "virtual duet" with Ella Fitzgerald. Here, Stewart gives a warm, loving rendition of "Silent Night," pairing acoustic guitar and his throaty voice with choirs and grandiose orchestral arrangements. It's never a silent night when Rod's around, and that's a good thing.

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