"CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS" RE-AIRS ON ABC
Homespun Holiday Special Re-airs Wednesday, December 22 on the ABC Television Network and Features Performances of Holiday Classics and Interviews with Artists and their Families
Hosted by Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, Performers Include Sheryl Crow, Little Big Town,
Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Reba, LeAnn Rimes,
Darius Rucker and Sugarland
"CMA Country Christmas," hosted by Jennifer Nettles, of reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Sugarland, airs for a second time WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22 (9:31-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast. OAD 11/29/10)
"Viewers now have a second opportunity to experience the music, memories and stories of the season with some of our format's biggest stars and their families," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore. "Fans have been calling since the original airing asking for more, and we are glad to give it to them."
Artists who perform in the special and share with fans their favorite holiday traditions include Sheryl Crow, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Reba, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker and Sugarland.
The performances are outstanding, but some of the most insightful and fun moments of the program are interviews with several of the artists and their children, including Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts and his daughter, Brittany, talking about Taylor Swift; Rucker leading his children, Cary, Dani, and Jack, in a chorus of "Jingle Bells"; and McBride with her girls, Ava, Delaney and Emma, talking about decorating for the holidays.
Other highlights include rare footage of a then 12-year-old Paisley strumming a guitar and singing the first song he ever composed, "Born on Christmas Day," before he performed an acoustic version of "What Child is This." Paisley also provided a blistering guitar groove to Crow's cover of "Run, Run, Rudolph."
Pulling heartstrings on the homefront, Rascal Flatts included messages to our military heroes recorded at Fort Campbell Air Force base during their salute of "I'll Be Home for Christmas" with hand printed signs and messages for loved ones serving overseas. Another highlight was their impeccable harmonies on a jazz-influenced arrangement of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen."
McBride received standing ovations from the audience at Bridgestone Arena for her soaring renditions of "Oh, Holy Night" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
Rucker performed an original composition with a Frank Sinatra-like coolness that is sure to become a holiday classic, "Candy Cane Christmas."
Little Big Town, performing a stunning version of "Go Tell It on the Mountain," as well as providing their signature harmonies to a Sugarland performance of "Winter Wonderland." Nettles also delivered a moving performance of "Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel" to a standing ovation.
The special featured plenty of lighthearted moments, too, including blond-trussed vixen Pickler in a red, satin gown performing "Santa Baby"; Reba, surrounded by eight swooning Santas, singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"; LeAnn Rimes' rollicking take on the Brenda Lee classic, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," complete with dancing sailors; and of course, the full cast finale of "Jingle Bell Rock."
"CMA Country Christmas" is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer, Paul Miller is the director and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.