By People Staff
December 16, 2009 12:00 PM

SUGARLAND

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Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush put their own spin on the popular carol. “It’s like an Appalachian wail meets a hymn meets indie rock,” says Bush. “Very spooky.” The song–from the duo’s new Christmas CD, Gold and Green–marks a dream come true for Bush, who confesses that “I’ve been obsessed with holiday music for a very long time.”

BRYAN WHITE

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After taking time off to start a family (he and actress Erika Page have two sons), White just released his first studio CD in 10 years. This song, he says, “is a funky little tune about summoning somebody to commit. You definitely want to dance.”

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GRETCHEN WILSON

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A WINNING FORMULA

The Redneck Woman knows what her fans want. Her newest track “is another one of my girl-power songs…an anthem for the working-class American female,” she says. “It has the kind of beat that gets people to get off of their butts and start bouncing.”

BEHIND THE LYRICS

John Rich and songwriter Vicky McGehee cowrote the track with Wilson, whose upcoming CD, I Got Your Country Right Here, is due in early 2010. “It started with the guitar riff and John stomping his foot on the ground,” she says. “We just started writing from there.”

MORE TRACKS WE LOVE…

CROSS CANADIAN RAGWEED

“BLUE BONNETS”

Lead singer Cody Canada wrote this lullaby about the Texas state flower for his 4-year-old son.

KRISTA MARIE

“TOMBOY”

The Nashville newcomer calls this tune “an anthem for girls who like to get down and dirty.”

JOEY & RORY

“TONIGHT COWBOY YOU’RE MINE”

“It’s a waltz with lots of steel guitar,” says Rory. “My wife loves waltzes.”

RADNEY FOSTER

“A LITTLE REVIVAL”

Foster calls the track a “rock and rumble song about carrying on during the ups and downs of life.”

DIAMOND RIO

“WHEREVER I AM”

The band returns with a Christian CD and a song about Jesus’ life. “It’s something we’ve always wanted to do,” says singer Marty Roe.

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