Backed by a four-piece horn section and a swinging core band, Brett Eldredge performed “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” on Good Morning America on Friday. The holiday staple appears on Eldredge’s first-ever holiday album, Glow, one of many Christmas projects from country artists this year.
Eldredge, however, leaves behind any twang for Glow, and for his suave appearance on GMA. Instead, he fully embraces his reputation as one of Nashville’s preeminent crooners, lingering over notes like Sinatra over a glass of Jack. It’s a dazzling bit of performance, especially in the harsh light of a morning talk show.
The Illinois-born singer has committed to his holiday side hustle wholeheartedly, releasing a series of irreverent videos, including the wild “Christmas Cooking With Brett,” up until December 16th (watch the video below). Eldredge, who was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year at last year’s ACM Awards, will hit the road with Luke Bryan in 2017. Next week, he’ll host an invitation-only big-band Christmas show in Nashville.