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CMA Country Christmas Adds Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley & Steven Tyler

Artwork for "CMA Country Christmas" airing in the holiday season of 2014.

Celebrate the holidays with some of the biggest names in music performing holiday classics on “CMA Country Christmas,” a two-hour special hosted for the fifth year by Jennifer Nettles airing Monday, Dec. 1st (8:00-10:00 PM/ET) on ABC.

The special, which tapes in front of a live audience Friday, Nov. 7 (7:00 PM/CT), at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., is a star-packed celebration of the season with performances by Alan Jackson, and Brad Paisley adding his blazing guitar work to a performance by rock ‘n’ roll royalty Steven Tyler.

Artists previously announced include Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, Nettles, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith, and Carrie Underwood.

For the third year, audience members are being encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping to help make the holidays brighter for Nashville area children.

“Our toy drive adds something special to the celebration shining a spotlight on a worthy endeavor in a way that reflects the values and giving nature of our artists, the industry, and this city,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.

The Nashville-based, non-profit group Generosity will have volunteers on site at the Bridgestone Arena plaza with specially marked bins to collect toys beginning at 5:00 PM/CT on Nov. 7. In 2013, the group collected more than 5,000 toys.

Tickets for “CMA Country Christmas” are on sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com; by calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville). Tickets for “CMA Country Christmas” are $25 for Upper-Level seating and $50 for Lower- and Club-Level seating. Ticket prices include tax, but exclude applicable service fees.

Alan Jackson To Re-Release Let it Be Christmas

Alan Jackson

Country music superstar Alan Jackson’s 25th Anniversary celebration continues as he rings in the holiday season a little early with the re-release of his popular Christmas classics album Let It Be Christmas on October 27. Let It Be Christmas was produced by Jackson’s long-time producer and friend, Keith Stegall; the album will be re-released by ACR (Alan’s Country Records) and EMI Records Nashville and will be available at all digital retailers.

Upon the original release of Let It Be Christmas, Rolling Stone told readers, “It’s a treat to hear Jackson add some brass to ‘Jingle Bells’ and swing through ‘Winter Wonderland’,” adding, “Jackson warms up eight other chestnuts with his voice, warm hot chocolate with the comfortable touch of twang, and even the one original (the title track) dances along with life.” Entertainment Weekly noted, “…the arrangements suit Jackson’s baritone and style….” while Country Weekly offered, “When Alan lets loose his smoothly commanding voice on these songs, you may feel as if you’re hearing them for the first time.”

Let It Be Christmas will be released on the heels of his two record-breaking sold out Artist-In-Residence shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum (Oct 8 and Oct 22); the events coincide with his new exhibition Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country, which runs through March 2015 at the facility. The Grammy-winning Grand Ole Opry and Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member will roll out of the Christmas holidays and into 2015 with a 25-city 25th Anniversary tour to kick off the new year.

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Alan Jackson Plays Surprise Show at Nashville Opening

Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Acme Feed & Seed

Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Acme Feed & Seed

Alan Jackson made an appearance as special guest at the grand opening of ACME Feed & Seed on Wednesday, September 10th in Nashville. He performed several of his hits and favorites including “Don’t Rock The Jukebox,” “Good Times,” “The Blues Man,” and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” for the capacity crowd.

Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?

Today we remember the terrible events that tore our nation apart and brought us together at the same time. God Bless all those who suffered and lost loved ones on 9-11…and God Bless those risking their lives to bring us peace.

Alan Jackson Sells Out Two Artist-In-Residence Shows at the CMHOF

Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson’s Artist-in-Residence concerts at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum sold-out in less than an hour of yesterday’s on sale setting a record for the fastest sell-out for any event held in the CMA Theater. The special shows are set for October 8 and October 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the museum’s new 800-seat CMA Theater. Jackson’s residency coincides with the new exhibition Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country, running through March 2015, making him the first simultaneous artist-in-residence and major museum exhibit subject.

“You know, I used to think if you could have a hit or two and your career lasts three or four years, you’re very lucky. I never thought I’d have a career that lasts 25 years and is still goin’ – I didn’t imagine all this could happen,” says Jackson, who was on-hand for a VIP unveiling of the new exhibit a couple of weeks ago. “I hope my fans are enjoying the exhibit, and I hope they’ll enjoy these two special shows we’re goin’ to do for ’em.”

Established in 2003, the museum’s residency program annually honors a musical master who can be credited with contributing a large and significant body of work to the canon of American popular music. Honorees are given a blank canvas and are encouraged to lend their own creative brushstrokes to an up-close-and-personal musical experience. Previous Artist-in-Residence honorees include Cowboy Jack Clement, Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Connie Smith, Kenny Rogers and Ricky Skaggs.
Past residencies have featured special themes, guests, or spanned an artist’s repertoire. Jackson will have the opportunity to personally structure his two shows, guaranteeing ticket purchasers a pair of truly unique evenings of music. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans of the entertainer who has played everywhere from bars and honky-tonks to stadiums and arenas over the course of 25 years in the music business.

In his 25-year career, Jackson has been steadfast in his love for traditional music while enjoying major chart success. Since signing his record deal in June 1989, he has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling country artists of all-time. He has released more than 60 singles—registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard #1s). He has earned more than 150 music industry awards—including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.

More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.or. 

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