Garth Brooks left speechless, tears up during CBS Christmas special with Trisha Yearwood
No holiday season can be complete without hearing Trisha Yearwood sing "O Holy Night". Seriously.
Garth Brooks and Yearwood returned to CBS on Sunday for "Garth and Trisha Live! A Holiday Concert Event," an hour-long request baked with fun, sweet season tunes (and a side of freshly baked cookies, of course).
And Yearwood put on a powerful performance of the Christmas classic that couldn't even ruin 2020, reports the Nashville Tennessean, part of the USA TODAY Network.
It left Brooks speechless.
"I might not be good for a while," said Brooks. "Phew. That was beautiful, Golly."
"O Holy Night" was a stop during a Freewheelin Holiday Wishes show that got viewers in the Christmas spirit with "Silent Night", "Santa, Baby", "Frosty The Snowman" and a number of favorites in between.
"May it be safe and great," said Brooks, wishing the audience a good holiday. "Together, apart. Together, together."
The show followed a format the country music couple introduced during a live CBS request special last April, at the height of virtual programming caused by COVID-19 lockdowns.
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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood hosted "Garth and Trisha Live! A Holiday Concert Event" on CBS Sunday night.
Laughter and tears
Brooks and Yearwood embarked on a vacation music tour at home with the Thanksgiving original "What I'm Thankful For" before turning to the Christmas standards of "Little Drummer Boy" and "Silent Night".
The couple laughed a lot during the stripped down singalong, especially when Yearwood looked at Brooks as she sang, "I want a yacht and that's really not much" during "Santa, baby".
"The Christmas carols, I was scared of them," Brooks once said. "But I'm having a great time."
In response, Yearwood ripped her husband, "You can have 'friends in low-ho-ho places'."
Even so, Brooks - himself described as "the older I get, I cry on commercials" - was torn apart during "Belleau Wood," a 1997 original telling of a war truce. Brooks usually plays an abridged version of the song on his stadium shows, but chose to "play the whole song" on Sunday nights.
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Christmas cookies, anyone?
From Brooks' creative stronghold "Studio G" the show went to the family kitchen - or "my wheelhouse" as Yearwood described it.
She was getting meltingly hot biscuits out of an oven when Brooks performed his favorite song "Feliz Navidad". Brooks couldn't escape the song on Sunday night. As he and Yearwood ruffled between inquiries, he jumped enthusiastically into the opening notes a few times.
"How can this not be fun?" Asked Brooks.
Yearwood replied, "It's fun the first 20 or 30 times."
The kitchen closed with Yearwood filming a rendition of Dolly Parton's favorite Hard Candy Christmas.
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The show took requests for Finland, Canada, Georgia, and Brooks' homeland, Oklahoma, but none were requested by fans beyond "Shallow," the Brooks Yearwood version of the 2018 blockbuster hit "A Star Is Born."
The couple released a cover of "Shallow" on Brooks' 2020 solo album "Fun".
"We never did that, the whole song," said Yearwood. "Ever."
The vacation tour at home with a nod to New Years. The pair covered Dan Fogelberg's "Same Old Lang Syne" before offering "Auld Lang Syne" (plus a few farewell chords from "Feliz Navidad," a nod to the show's unofficial theme song).
"Be nice," said Yearwood. "We'll get through this ... just love each other."
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