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Emmylou Harris to Join Ricky Skaggs & The Whites for “A Skaggs Family Christmas”

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Country Music Hall of Fame member Emmylou Harris and contemporary Christian music superstar Steven Curtis Chapman will join headliners Ricky Skaggs and The Whites for the 15th Annual Concert for Cumberland Heights on December 6th at 7:30 p.m. at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The evening will be a holiday-themed, variety-style show titled “A Skaggs Family Christmas,” featuring both holiday classics and new Christmas music, bringing together the love of family and friends with the beauty of song for a great cause. This is the Ryman’s longest running benefit concert series, and tickets are now on sale at ryman.com (http://www.ryman.com/event/detail/skaggsxmas12.html), the Ryman box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Since 1996, the annual Concert for Cumberland Heights (www.cumberlandheights.org) has raised more than $1.8 million for the John Hiatt Fund for Adolescent Treatment. Singer/songwriter John Hiatt will host the event, sharing his own recovery from alcohol and drug abuse to inspire others.

“Ricky Skaggs, The Whites, and now Emmylou Harris and Steven Curtis Chapman…what an outstanding night of music this will be,” said Cumberland Heights CEO Jim Moore. “We are thrilled to have these legendary artists come together to celebrate the holidays and raise funds for one of our most important programs at Cumberland Heights.”

Cumberland Heights’ Youth Program is designed to help adolescents ages 14 to 18 and their families find the most effective way to deal with the challenges they face and commit to recovery. One of its most highly praised programs, the Youth Program includes a residential program with intensive outpatient treatment; an extended care program for adolescents who have completed primary treatment; and outpatient services for those in the early stages of chemical dependency. The Youth Program is staffed with highly trained and licensed educators who operate River Road Academy, a state-approved, private high school that provides a drug-free environment for students in recovery.

Expected to be a sellout, the Concert for Cumberland Heights is a festive family event in an intimate setting that highlights the need for compassionate care for adolescents in crisis.

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