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Holiday Special Re-airs Wednesday, Dec. 22 on the ABC Television Network and Features Performances of Holiday Classics and Interviews with Artists and their Families
NASHVILLE - "CMA Country Christmas," hosted by Jennifer Nettles, of reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Sugarland, airs for a second time Wednesday, Dec. 22 (9:30-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

"Viewers now have a second opportunity to experience the music, memories, and stories of the season with some of our format's biggest stars and their families," said CMA Chief Executive OfficerSteve Moore. "Fans have been calling since the original airing asking for more, and we are glad to give it to them."

Artists who perform in the special and share with fans their favorite holiday traditions include Sheryl Crow, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Reba, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, and Sugarland.   

The performances are outstanding, but some of the most insightful and fun moments of the program are interviews with several of the artists and their children including Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts and his daughter Brittany talking about Taylor Swift; Rucker leading his children Cary, Dani, and Jack, in a chorus of "Jingle Bells"; and McBride with her girls Ava, Delaney, and Emmatalking about decorating for the holidays.

Other highlights include rare footage of a then, 12-year-old Paisley strumming a guitar and singing the first song he ever composed, "Born on Christmas Day" before he performed an acoustic version of "What Child is This." Paisley also provided a blistering guitar groove to Crow's cover of "Run Run Rudolph."

Pulling heartstrings on the homefront, Rascal Flatts included messages to our military heroes recorded at Fort Campbell Air Force base during their salute of "I'll Be Home for Christmas" with hand printed signs and messages for loved ones serving overseas. Another highlight was their impeccable harmonies on a jazz-influenced arrangement of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen."

McBride received standing ovations from the audience at Bridgestone Arena for her soaring renditions of "Oh, Holy Night" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

Rucker performed an original composition with a Frank Sinatra-like coolness that is sure to become a holiday classic, "Candy Cane Christmas." 

Little Big Town performed a stunning version of "Go Tell It On The Mountain" as well as provided their signature harmonies to a Sugarland performance of "Winter Wonderland." Nettles also delivered a stunning performance of "Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel."

The special featured plenty of lighthearted moments, too, including blond-trussed vixen Pickler in a red, satin gown performing "Santa Baby"; Reba, surrounded by eight swooning Santas, singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"; Rimes' moving rendition of Irvin Berlin's "White Christmas" and rollicking take on the Brenda Lee classic "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" complete with dancing sailors; and of course, the full cast finale of "Jingle Bell Rock."


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