On Wednesday, December 13, CMT premiered a Christmas special titled A Cody Johnson Christmas. It was marketed as a night of Christmas music and memories, and he was joined by his family and friends.
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CMT Presents: A Cody Johnson Christmas aired on Wednesday, December 13th at 9/8c on CMT. Johnson’s wife, Brandi, their daughters, Clara and Cori, and his parents Sheila and Carl joined him for the show.
In 2021, Johnson released his album A Cody Johnson Christmas, which included ten Christmas songs. For the TV special, he performed all of them! From Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper,” to Merle Haggard’s “If We Make It Through December,” the album is filled with classics that Johnson made modern and put his own touch on them.
For the special – and the recording – Johnson enlisted in the help of his friends Kevin Fowler and Roger Creager for the song “Feliz Navidad.”
“Christmas All Year Long” is one of two original songs on the album, and therefore, in the CMT special. The song is about feeling grateful every day that isn’t Christmas, due to the love of his wife. In the song, he sings,
“‘Cause you’ve given me every wish
On this old cowboy’s list
I just walk around in a jolly old haze
All the other 364 days”
Before his performance, Johnson spoke about how much he loves Christmas music. He explained that he and his wife have a record player in the kitchen with a huge stack of Christmas vinyls next to it. A highlight for him, is teaching his daughters about the legends who came before him.
While their isn’t footage on social media or YouTube of this performance, you can watch the whole special here.