Two-Hour Special Hosted by
Jennifer Nettles Tapes Nov. 7 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and airs Monday,
Dec. 1 on the ABC Television Network
Encouraged to Bring an Unwrapped Toy to Taping for Children in Need
NASHVILLE – 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. 1 (8:00-10:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
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.
“CMA Country Christmas” is a production of the
Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer,
Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild
is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720
Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.