CMA Awards Vocal Group of The Year nominee Rascal Flatts will release THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL, their first-ever Christmas album, on Oct. 21. The much-anticipated 10-track collection was produced by Rascal Flatts and features moving and powerhouse performances that the trio is known for, while offering personal touches to some fan-favorite staples of the festive season. The album is available for pre-order starting today here.
THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL opens with a rousing rendition of “Joy To The World,” and features a sentimental version of “Silent Night” opening with vocals from the children of all three band members. Adding some Motown flair with Stevie Wonder’s “Someday At Christmas,” while a standout track on the record comes in the form of “A Strange Way To Save The World,” a reflective song originally recorded by 4Him, which has been given a contemporary update by the trio.
“It probably seems crazy that we waited this long to release a Christmas record,” said Jay DeMarcus. “We just wanted to do it right! There are certain songs I think most everyone wants to hear during Christmas, and we wanted to put our own special spin on those songs, while adding in a couple of our personal favorites. We had a blast making this album, and being in the producer’s chair ourselves, makes it extra fun and challenging for us.”
THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL Track List:
Joy To The World
O Holy Night
Deck The Halls
A Strange Way To Save The World
Go Tell It On The Mountain
Let It Snow
Someday At Christmas
The First Noel
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Currently nominated for CMA Awards Vocal Group of the Year, Rascal Flatts has sold over 23.1 million albums, 32 million digital downloads worldwide, as well as earning over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People’s Choice Awards and more, making them the most awarded country group of the past decade. The trio recently added to their many accolades, scoring their 16th No. One single with their summer anthem “I Like The Sound Of That.” Known as one of the hottest-selling touring acts in any genre, the group celebrated a major milestone of 10 million tickets sold this past month, following a rousing run of headlining shows. Their RASCAL FLATTS: RHYTHM AND ROOTS TOUR continues this weekend in Tuscaloosa, AL (9/23) and Tallahassee, FL (9/24.) For more information, visit rascalflatts.com.
Martina McBride performs at the Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie on Friday Night (9/16) Photo Credit: Rick Kern / Getty Images
Last weekend, Martina McBride and friends opened a string of dates for Band Against Cancer: The Sarah Cannon Tour with concerts in Dallas (9/16) and Austin (9/17) to help connect those facing cancer with community-based resources and support close to home. Special guests Thompson Square, Cassadee Pope and Hudson Moore joined the series, which also offers on-site activations to join the national movement and specifically contributes to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Big Machine Label Group and the Sarah Cannon Institute have partnered to bring opportunities such as this for cancer patients to share their stories and connect with others fighting the disease.
The Band Against Cancer: The Sarah Cannon Tour will head toDenver, CO on October 8 before culminating with a special performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on October 26. For more information, visit www.BandAgainstCancer.com.
Longtime Atlanta Braves fan Josh Turner joined the organization Friday night as Braves Nation continued its ceremonial countdown of the few remaining home games at Turner Field.
“It was such an honor for me to go the Braves game this past Friday and to pull down the number nine commemorating the nine home games left at Turner Field,” shares Turner. “I’ve had so many good memories there – I’ve introduced all my boys to Braves baseball there. We’ve witnessed some great games and we’ve had a lot of fun times.”
“Turner Field will always be special to me,” continues the country star. “I never got to go to Fulton County Stadium, so ‘The Ted’ is where I made my first Braves memories. I don’t remember the first game I went to there, but all of my children have had their first experiences there too.”
Turner is currently on the road in support of his latest radio single, “Hometown Girl,” which Rolling Stone Country notes, “pairs the South Carolina native’s unmistakable, country-to-the-core baritone with a modern, rollicking beat.” Radio programmers across the country are weighing in saying “it’s a GREAT country song” (WNCY Green Bay), “Josh has hit a home run with this tune” (KJKE Oklahoma City) and “the unmistakable voice is back with a fantastic song” (WUBE Cincinnati). Fans can find Turner at his upcoming tour dates in Ky., Ill., Texas and Okla. Preview “Hometown Girl” HERE and hear over an hour of Turner’s biggest hits HERE.