In this instance, that artist was the country music star, Luke Bryan. You may have expected it to come from a powerhouse voice, but Bryan’s subtle, haunting interpretation brought something very special to the familiar song.

His performance came during the Country Music Association (CMA) Christmas special. Famous artists took to the stage in a huge event hosted by country music legend Reba McEntire. While the program was mostly a fun, upbeat family show, designed for the holiday season, it was Bryan’s more somber performance that stole the show.

With the lights low and surrounded by the beautiful winter landscape of the stage, Bryan’s voice filled the room with his powerful rendition of “O Holy Night.” If you haven’t seen it yet, watch the stunning performance in the video below.