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Rascal Flatts Will Release First-Ever Christmas Album “The Greatest Gift Of All”

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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:

  1. Joy To The World
  2. O Holy Night
  3. Deck The Halls
  4. A Strange Way To Save The World
  5. Go Tell It On The Mountain
  6. Let It Snow
  7. Silent Night
  8. Someday At Christmas
  9. The First Noel
  10. 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.

Chris Young Reveals Tracklist for “It Must Be Christmas” with Special Duets

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Chris Young reveals the complete tracklist for his first Christmas album, It Must Be Christmas, set to release on October 14th. The collection features special guest appearances including country icon Alan Jackson on “There’s A New Kid In Town.” The song originally appeared on Jackson’s first Christmas album released in 1993 as a duet with the legendary Keith Whitley.  Country superstar Brad Paisley joins Young for a powerful rendition of “The First Noel.” Legendary soul trio Boyz II Men lend their voices for an epic take on the Christmas classic, “Silent Night.” Young co-wrote two original Christmas songs for the project – “Under The Weather” and the title track “It Must Be Christmas.”

Limited edition It Must Be Christmas gift bundles are available for order at ChrisYoungCountry.com. Bundles include everything from a Christmas ornament, It Must Be Christmas long-sleeve t-shirt, a fleece lined winter blanket and more!

2016 has proven to be a banner year for Young who recently received a CMA Musical Event Of The Year nomination for “Think Of You” with Cassadee Pope, the hit-maker’s eighth No. 1 single. Young’s celebrated fifth studio album, I’m Comin’ Over, produced two back-to-back No. 1 hits – the project’s Platinum selling title track and CMA Musical Event Of The Year nominated “Think Of You” duet with Cassadee Pope – and Young’s current critically-acclaimed single “Sober Saturday Night,” featuring Vince Gill. Later this month, Young launches the fall leg of his headlining “I’m Comin’ Over Tour” joined by Dan + Shay, Dustin Lynch and Cassadee Pope. Tickets may be purchased at aeglive.com and ChrisYoungCountry.com.

It Must Be Christmas Track List

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The Story Behind Country Music’s Epic Mash-Up! Plus: Hear Blake, Carrie, Miranda and 27 Other Stars Sing ‘Forever Country’

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Shane McAnally was nothing short of terrified when he stepped into the studio to begin a project that, on paper, looked a little crazy.

The challenge of melding three iconic country song – John Denver’s “Country Roads, Take Me Home,” Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again” – into one new piece of music to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Association Awards, was “a very scary process,” McAnally tells People.

In fact, when a mash-up was first proposed as a way of marking the anniversary, McAnally, who’s written hit songs for Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan and Kacey Musgraves among others, argued against it.

“I didn’t think it would work in our genre,” he says. “I said, ‘Maybe in pop music you can just take a piece of a song, but we tell stories. And we can’t just cut into them and take a piece.'”

But as McAnally, a CMA board member as well as a top producer in town (he’s behind albums by Sam Hunt and Musgraves), and other CMA members began to consider what songs could work, the idea took shape.

“I Will Always Love You” was a song that everyone felt like needed to be a part of it but I was having a hard time with the story – it’s such a personal song. It’s to one person,” he says. “But when you play that song over, ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’, they somehow take on a life together and it feels almost like you’re speaking more to the music, and to country music specifically, when you say, ‘I will always love you.’ It feels meant to be.”

An ode to the life of a traveling musician, Nelson’s classic seemed a natural addition to the mix.

“The line ‘The life I love is making music with my friends,’ kept coming into my mind and ‘On the Road Again’ felt essential,” McAnally says.

The result, dubbed “Forever Country,” was born and McAnally took on the task of producing the recording, a monumental undertaking with 30 artists, including one whom he especially wanted to impress.

“I was very scared when Dolly heard it that it might seem like a bit of a compromise to the integrity of the original song,” he says. “The song is such a simple, perfect sentiment. It was really important for her to know we handled it with care. She just listened and said, ‘Wow. That really works!’ It was really hard not to cry in front of her. I’ve cried a lot since then!”

The tune begins with West Virginia native Brad Paisley singing the opening lines of “Country Roads” (“Almost heaven, West Virginia) followed by a host of stars – Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Shelton”, George Strait – adding line after line until Musgraves begins “I Will Always Love You” (“If I should stay/I Would only be in your way”). Lyrics from the two songs weave in and out with different Nashville voices as Jason Aldean begins “On the Road Again,” joined by Rascal Flatts and many more.

The song premiered on country radio stations around the country Friday, but you’ll have to wait ’til Tuesday for the video, directed by Joseph Kahn, who won a VMA Award for Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”.

“The responsibility of this feels greater than anything I’ve done,” McAnally says of the project. “I hope this is a great timepiece for the legacy of country music.”

Profits from the sales and streaming of “Forever Country” will go toward music education causes supported by the CMA Foundation.

Rascal Flatts Celebrates 10 Million Tickets Sold!

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Known as one of the hottest-selling touring acts in any genre, superstar trio Rascal Flatts celebrated a major milestone of 10 million tickets sold this past weekend, following a rousing run of headlining shows. The group was presented with a commemorative ticket at their show in Hartford, CT on Saturday night (8/13) to recognize the occasion.

Rascal Flatts is currently out on the road as part of their headlining Rhythm and Roots Tour which critics continue to praise. The Charlotte Observer declared “there’s a reason why Rascal Flatts can still fill up concert venues…They have this live performance bit down to a science without losing any of the enthusiasm or the heart,” and St. Louis Post Dispatch raved that the crowd “got what they came for and have come to expect from the country-pop trio: an always energetic, very entertaining 90 minutes or so of hits and banter.”

Rascal Flatts are continuing their Rhythm and Roots Tour through the fall, where they have invited red-hot newcomers Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Lane to join them on the road. For more information and a full list of tour dates visit rascalflatts.com.

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