On this 18th day of Country Music #CMchat’s 25 Days of Country Christmas, we bring you one of our absolute favorite up and coming young artists, Caroline Kole with “Deck the Halls.” While her song “If He’d Ever Look Up” is currently garnering some major buzz on SiriusXM’s The Highway, she’s also managed by Narvel Blackstock and spends her weekend on the road, opening for Reba. If you’re not yet familiar with the teenage dynamo, consider this introduction our early Christmas gift to you.
With a song like “Deck the Halls,” it would seemingly be hard for a singer to, in the words of Randy Jackson, make it her own. However, Caroline does just that on her version of the Christmas classic. She slows down the music, strips away the unnecessary bells and whistles and somehow transforms “Deck the Halls” into a song that could probably be played on country radio if it had lyrics that didn’t rhyme with “holly” and “jolly”. In fact, she takes a song that sometimes comes off kitschy and makes it drip with utter coolness. The phrasing is unique, the music is subdued and her phrasing on the track is subtle and brilliant.
Basically, If you put the “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers in a blender with “Deck the Halls” and then threw in an impressive female vocalist, you’d have this version of the Christmas classic. And we love every second of it.
Want to add Caroline Kole’s version of “Deck the Halls” to your Christmas playlist? Lucky for you, it’s available as a free download right here.