A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS’ ALBUM SERIES CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH THE RELEASE OF TWO ALBUMS BENEFITTING SPECIAL OLYMPICS

A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS’ ALBUM SERIES CELEBRATES
25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH THE RELEASE OF TWO ALBUMS
BENEFITTING SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Out today!
Nashville, TN – 16 October 2012 –   TheA Very Special Christmas’  holiday music series, benefitting Special Olympics, will celebrate its 25th
anniversary this holiday season with the release of two new albums of
holiday music advancing the Special Olympics movement and bringing joy and peace to athletes and their families around the world:
A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS 25TH ANNIVERSARY, BRINGING JOY TO THE WORLD
Featuring Christina Aguilera “Oh Holy Night,” Francesca Battistelli “December 25,” Michael Bublé “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas,”  Cheap Trick “I Want You for Christmas,” Vince Gill “Breath Of Heaven (Mary’s Song),” Amy Grant “Tennessee Christmas,” Jewel*“Angels We Have Heard On High,” Dave Matthews “The Christmas Song (9.18.10, Chicago, IL),” Martina McBride*“Please Come Home for Christmas,” Jason Mraz “Winter Wonderland,” One Republic “Christmas Without You,” Rascal Flatts “Mary, Did You Know, Train “Joy to the World,” Lauriana Mae, Jono, and Grayson Sanders “Something In the Air,” Jordin Sparks “Do You Hear What I Hear,” and Wonder Girls Best Christmas Ever;”
A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS, BRINGING PEACE ON EARTH
Featuring Meredith Andrews “(He Has Come For Us) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” Chris August “Jesus, Savior,” Francesca Battistelli “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” Big Daddy Weave “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” Jason Castro “Gloria (Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Angels We Have Heard On High),” Natalie Grant “I Believe,” Group 1 Crew “O Holy Night,” for KING & COUNTRY “Baby Boy,” Dara Maclean “Bethlehem Skies,” Point of Grace “Labor Of Love,” Jamie Grace “Christmas Together,” NEEDTOBREATHE “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” BarlowGirl “For The Beauty Of The Earth (Nativity Version),” Building 429 “We Three Kings,” Mark Schultz “When Love Was Born,” and Sidewalk Prophets “Because It’s Christmas.”
“This
album series has been a remarkable gift to our Special Olympics
athletes,” said Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman and CEO, Special
Olympics.    “Thanks to the generosity of countless incredible people
across the music industry, the legacy from the ‘A Very Special
Christmas’ album series continues to support and sustain our work to
bring the joy of sport to people with intellectual disabilities which in
turn fosters a global community of acceptance and inclusion.”

Special
Olympics changes lives through the power of sport, as the world’s
largest organization dedicated to year-round sports training and
athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with
intellectual disabilities.

Since
1987, the biggest and brightest voices in the recording industry have
generously lent their time and talents to Special Olympics to create the
holiday album series
A Very Special Christmas, the single most successful benefit recording series in musical history generating more than $100 million in royalties to benefit Special Olympics
Grants
from the Christmas Record Trust have enabled Special Olympics to
implement programs worldwide, from the United States to Timor Leste,
China to Uganda, Cambodia to Haiti and more. In the United States, these
funds have also supported Special Olympics programs in urban areas such
as New York City, Philadelphia and New Orleans.
Each
successive album of the series has honored the quality of its
predecessors with timeless recordings of holiday music by some of the
most influential and talented artists of their time.  U2, Bruce
Springsteen & the E Street Band, Madonna, Sting, Bon Jovi, Reba
McEntire, Alan Jackson, Wyclef Jean, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, No
Doubt, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Vanessa Williams
and Bryan Adams are among the stars who contributed tracks to previous
albums and whose songs for ‘A Very Special Christmas’ have become
perennial favorites on the radio and at holiday celebrations over the
years. Learn more about ‘A Very Special Christmas’ at
www.averyspecialchristmas.org

A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS 25TH ANNIVERSARY  and A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS: BRINGING PEACE ON EARTH are available for download on iTunes and at retailers nationwide, including Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target and more.

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