After bursting on the scene on the country music scene in 2013 with Same Trailer Different Park, and continuing her quiet reign in 2015 with Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves decided 2016 was the year to try her hand at a Christmas album. The resulting work, A Very Kacey Christmas, came out in late October so fans had the chance to get it in time for the holidays, and she’s since performed her version of “Mele Kalikimaka” at the CMA Country Christmas special.
The singer worked with a host of musicians on the album, including her frequent duet partner Willie Nelson (“A Wille Nice Christams”) Texan breakout R&B star Leon Bridges (“Present Without A Bow”), songwriting partner heavyweights Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark (“Christmas Always Makes Me Cry), and fiddle Western swing group The Quebe Sisters, who appear prominently on her version of “Let It Snow,” as well as “Mele Kalikimaka.”
Kacey said her vision for the album was to have it be very upbeat and light, and the song arrangements — including harmonies from this trio — reflect that. Watch her talk a bit about the behind the scenes process of creating their rendition of the track below.
For those who haven’t heard yet, stream A Very Kacey Christmas below, it’s one of the best holiday albums I’ve heard in quite some time.