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CMA Country Christmas to Re-Air this Weekend!

Carrie Underwood & Michael W. Smith

CMA Country Christmas,” hosted by Jennifer Nettles, re-airs on ABC Saturday, Dec. 20th (9:00-11:00 PM/ET).

Powered by big time holiday duets including Nettles with Idina Menzel, Carrie Underwood and Michael W. Smith, and Brad Paisley jamming with Steven Tyler, “CMA Country Christmas” originally aired Monday, Dec. 1 on ABC. The family-friendly, two-hour special highlights the music and traditions of the holidays with an all-star cast of performers including Clare Bowen, Dan+Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, and LeAnn Rimes.

CMA Collects More Than 5,000 Presents for Children in Nashville

 

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Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the Country Music industry and fans, the holidays will be a little brighter for children in Middle Tennessee. CMA collected more than 5,000 toys that will be distributed to deserving children by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation this year.

“This community is well known for its giving nature,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “I’m not surprised that they would step up to contribute to a cause this meaningful during the holidays, but I am in awe of the outpouring of gifts and grateful to our artists, industry and fans for helping to make dreams come true for children this Christmas.”

“On behalf of the Toys for Tots Foundation as well as every less fortunate child in Middle Tennessee that will receive Toys for Tots gifts this Christmas, I would like to personally thank each and every one of you who made a contribution in any way! In the first year of the partnership with the Country Music Association at the CMA Awards Red Carpet event as well as the ‘CMA Country Christmas’ taping we managed to raise over 50 boxes of toys to be given out to these less fortunate children,” said U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Dennis E. Bowers, Jr. “We look forward to working with the Country Music Association for years to come and making this grow year after year to help less fortunate children in the local Middle Tennessee area.”

Most of the toys were collected at the taping of CMA’s holiday special, “CMA Country Christmas,” which was hosted for the fifth year by Jennifer Nettles. The special, which features performances by Clare Bowen, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel in a duet with Nettles, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith with Carrie Underwood, and Brad Paisley jamming with Steven Tyler, will re-air on Saturday, Dec. 20 (9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

A new toy during the holiday season goes a long way in a child’s eyes and for that reason, The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) has supported the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation for more than 60 years, as a way to connect with children and families in need during the holidays. The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The relationship with TWDC and Toys for Tots began in 1948 when Walt Disney and his animators personally designed the original Toys for Tots train logo that is still in use today.

 

Memorable CMA Country Christmas Performances!

CMA Country Christmas

Tonight’s CMA Country Christmas may go down in history as one of the best yet! Enjoy these highlights.

Little Big Town “I Pray on Christmas”

Carrie Underwood & Michael W. Smith “All is Well”

Jennifer Nettles & Idina Menzel “Let it Go”

LeAnn Rimes “Carol of the Bells”

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Jennifer Nettles Is The Queen Of “CMA Country Christmas”

CMA Country Christmas

Jennifer Nettles has declared herself “Christmas Queen.” She jokes she’s happy to be the queen of anything, really.  Jennifer is hosting the “CMA Country Christmas” special for a fifth year. She says one of the best parts of doing it is that she’s done it enough times that she can have some fun with it. She says the first year was madness, but now she’s more comfortable being the host.

Performers for the special include Dan and Shay, Idina Menzel, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Alan Jackson, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith, Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. It airs TONIGHT on ABC.

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