Two-Hour Special Tapes Friday,
Nov. 7 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Featuring Performances By Dan + Shay,
Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Little
Big Town, Idina Menzel, Nettles, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W.
Smith, and Carrie Underwood
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 Friday, Nov. 7 (7:30 PM/CT), at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville,
Tenn. The special, which features Jennifer Nettles hosting for
the fifth year, airs this holiday season on the ABC Television Network.
“After being the host
of ‘CMA Country Christmas,’ for five years now, it is hard to pick one thing
I love about it. There are so many fun moments,” Nettles said. “Whether it
is the performances or duets, getting to perform Christmas songs with great artists
is really fun for me. It’s really a fun show all around.”
Artists scheduled to perform
and celebrate the season 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.
“The taping for ‘CMA
Country Christmas’ is a jump-start for the holiday season and has become a family
tradition for many Nashville residents,” said Sarah Trahern,
CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Adding to the celebration is our annual toy drive,
which provides new toys for children in need, 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.”
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. The Nashville-based non-profit
group Generosity will have volunteers on site 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.
“Our artist community is extremely
generous and so are our fans,” Trahern said. “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.”
Tickets for “CMA Country
Christmas” are on sale now and can be purchased at CMAChristmas.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.
Generosity was founded in 2010 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, Blood:Water Mission, Show
Hope, and Room In The Inn.