Sounds of the season from Austin and beyond

For the second year in a row, we invited Austin artists to drop by our studio to perform their favorite holiday tunes. Jackie Venson, hot off a big year of high profile performances, including her network television debut, sitting in with Stephen Colbert’s band to back red hot rap artists Anderson.Paak and Mac Miller, graced us with this medley of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “Angels We Have Heard On High.”

» WATCH: Seasonal Serenades from Austin artists

“These two songs have always been special to me, but I mainly love how beautiful the melodies are,” the 27-year-old said. “They truly stand out.”

Our “Seasonal Serenades” package also includes tunes from the Old 97s, Folk Uke and Jeff Lofton.


kaceyOn the national front there have been a slew of high profile Christmas album drops over the past several weeks. We’ve created this Spotify playlist  of some of the best new tunes with a few curiosities thrown in just for fun. Highlights including a thoroughly charming duet between Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson off  “A Very Kacey Christmas”, a timely and poignant rendition of “Someday at Christmas” from Andra Day and Stevie Wonder off “Merry Christmas from Andra Day” and “Hamilton” star Lamar Odom’s haunting take on “Winter Song” off his lovely collection “Simply Christmas.”

We also threw in the gut-wrenching cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” from Texas a Capella group Pentatonix off  “A Pentatonix Christmas”, She and Him’s “Marshmallow World off “Christmas Party” and Brett Eldredge and Meghan Trainor’s take on “Baby It’s Cold Outside” off “Glow”, despite our misgivings about that song.

No, we didn’t include anything from R. Kelly’s “12 Nights of Christmas” (because, no…). And even though we’ve warmed to Juggalos considerably over the past month or so Insane Clown Posse’s “Carnival Christmas” didn’t make the cut (think of the children!)

If you listen all the way through to the end, you’ll be treated to the weirdest duet of the season with Kylie Minogue and Iggy Pop singing “Christmas Wrapping” off “Kylie Christmas” which is quite possibly a bigger deal in Australia than it is here.

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