CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH “CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS” HOSTED BY JENNIFER NETTLES OF SUGARLAND


CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH “CMA COUNTRY
CHRISTMAS” HOSTED BY JENNIFER NETTLES OF SUGARLAND

Two-Hour
Special Tapes Nov. 3 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Featuring Performances
by Dierks Bentley, Colbie Caillat, Katherine Jenkins, Lady Antebellum, John Legend,
Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Nettles, The Band Perry, and Keith Urban

Nashville Audience Encouraged to Bring an Unwrapped Toy to the Taping
to Make the Holidays Brighter for Children in Need

NASHVILLE
– Some of the most powerful and emotionally moving voices in music come together
to celebrate the holidays on “CMA Country Christmas,” which tapes in front
of a live audience
Saturday, Nov. 3 (7:30 PM/CT) at
the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The special, which features Jennifer
Nettles
of Sugarland as host for the third year, airs this holiday season
on the ABC Television Network.
“I am so
excited to be hosting this year and I love inviting the audience to get into the
spirit of the season by bringing a toy for donation! It is such a joy to watch
this holiday special grow — in not only its talent roster, but moreover in its
charitable celebration of the season,” Nettles said.
“It is important to all of us that there is a charitable component to
everything we do,” said Robert Deaton, Executive Producer of
“CMA Country Christmas.” “Utilizing the Christmas special taping as an opportunity
to shine a light on a worthy endeavor is a perfect opportunity to give back to
the community and reflects the values and heart of our industry and this city.”
Artists scheduled to perform and celebrate the season with songs and stories
include Dierks Bentley, Colbie Caillat, Katherine Jenkins, Lady Antebellum,
John Legend, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery,
Nettles,
The Band Perry,
and Keith Urban.
For the first time, audience members are being encouraged to bring a new,
unwrapped toy to the taping to help make the holidays brighter for Nashville area
children. The Nashville-based, non-profit group Generosity, will have volunteers
on site with specially marked bins to collect the toys, which will be distributed
to families in need this holiday season.
“Our artists
are extremely generous and so are our fans,” said Steve Moore,
CMA Chief Executive Officer. “It is our goal to make sure no child goes without
a present this Christmas and we are grateful to our partners at Generosity for
helping to make this a dream come true for children in Nashville.”

“After
working with homeless and impoverished children for several years, Generosity
is so pleased to partner with the Country Music Association to collect gifts for
these precious ones,” said
Bethni Hemphill, founder
of Generosity. “With the wide scope of the CMA and the generous hearts of Country
Music fans, we know that together we will be able to show love and care to many
more children with A Gift For All.” 

Volunteers from Generosity
will start accepting toys
Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1:00 PM/CT at
the Bridgestone Arena. You do not have to have a ticket to the show to drop off a toy.

According
to Hemphill, the gifts will be distributed to homeless and needy children on Christmas
night (Dec. 25) during a special service held under the Jefferson Street Bridge.
The Bridge Ministry feeds these children and hundreds of homeless people every
Tuesday night under the Jefferson Street Bridge.

Tickets for
“CMA Country Christmas” are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster outlets; 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 $50 for Club Level and $100 for Lower Level reserved
seating. Ticket prices include tax, but exclude applicable service fees.

In 2011, the premiere broadcast of “CMA Country Christmas” drew more
than 9 million viewers, which was an increase of nearly 23 percent over the inaugural
broadcast in 2010. Adults 18-49 increased year-to-year by nearly 50 percent. Not
only were initial airings better than in the previous year, DVR playback increased,
too. Total viewers who watched the show within a week of premiere increased 2
million viewers from 2010 to 2011 (9.624 vs. 7.663).

Full
“CMA Country Christmas” show details can be found at
CMAChristmas.comFans can
connect with CMA online at
Facebook.com/CMA, Twitter.com/CountryMusic (#CMAChristmas), YouTube.com/CountryMusicAssoc, and Pinterest.com/CMAworld. October is Country Music Month. Learn more at CountryMusicMonth.com, and join the conversation on Twitter using official
hashtag #CountryMusicMonth.

“CMA Country Christmas” is
a production of the Country Music Association. 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. A TV parental guideline
will be assigned closer to airdate.

About Generosity: Generosity
was founded in 2012 by running partners Shaun Daugherty and Bethni Hemphill as
a place to fundraise for charities close to their heart, and to volunteer in their
community and around the world. Their principal mission is to ease the suffering
of others by responding to crisis as well as serving the ongoing needs of the
community. Generosity serves a wide variety of local, national, and international
charities including Toys for Tots, The Bridge Ministry, Susan G. Komen for the
Cure, Special Olympics, and Habitat for Humanity. Generosity supports programs
in American Samoa that work with children and teenagers to better their lives
through sport camps, mentoring, and tutoring.

Chevrolet™ is
the Official Ride of Country Music. American Airlines is the Official Airline
of the CMA Awards. Pepsi is the Official Beverage Partner of the Country Music Association.

-30-

Jennifer
Nettles returns to host “CMA Country Christmas” which will air live this holiday
season on the ABC Television Network.

Photo credit: Donna Svennevik/ABC  


CMA announced
the talent lineup for this year’s “CMA Country Christmas” as well as “A Gift For
All,” a partnership with local charity Generosity to provide Christmas presents
for homeless and impoverished children in Nashville. (l-r) Bethni Hemphill, founder
of Generosity; Robert Deaton, Executive Producer of “CMA Country Christmas”; Jennifer
Nettles, host of “CMA Country Christmas”; and Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive
Officer. 

Photo credit: Karen Hicks/CMA


Jennifer
Nettles and children of CMA staffers are the first to donate toys for “A Gift
For All.” 

Photo credit: Karen Hicks/CMA

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