The Two-Hour
Special Tapes Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville
Live Audience Encouraged to Bring an Unwrapped Toy to the Taping
Make the Holidays Brighter for Area Children in Need

NASHVILLE – Multi-talented
entertainer Jennifer Nettles returns to host “CMA Country Christmas”
as some of the most powerful and emotionally moving voices in music come together
to celebrate the holidays. Taped in front of a live audience on Tuesday, Nov. 8 (7:00 PM/CT; doors open from 5:30-6:30 PM/CT)
at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.

The popular holiday special
is slated to air on the ABC Television Network on Monday, Nov. 28 (8:00-10:00 PM/ET).

“The taping of ‘CMA Country Christmas’ has become a treasured
holiday tradition for Nashville families,” said Sarah Trahern,
CMA Chief Executive Officer. “And watching ‘CMA Country Christmas’ on ABC
is equally important as generations gather to celebrate the season.”

Nettles, who is hosting
the special for the seventh time this year, will release her first holiday album,
To Celebrate Christmas, Oct. 28 on Big Machine Records. Special collaborations
highlight lush harmonies with Idina Menzel on “Little Drummer Boy,” the jazz-influenced
melody of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” alongside American-soul sensation
Andra Day, and “Circle of Love” penned by friend and mentor Dolly Parton.
The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter has kept a full schedule this year, releasing
her critically-acclaimed sophomore album, Playing With Fire, joining
label mates Cheap Trick for a “CMT Crossroads” that earned a CMT Music Awards
nomination for Performance of the Year and headlining the 30+ city “CMT
Next Women of Country Tour” across the U.S. and Canada alongside Brandy Clark,
Lindsey Ell, and Tara Thompson. Visit
for upcoming tour dates and more.

A popular feature of the
“CMA Country Christmas” taping is a toy drive. Audience members are invited
to bring an unwrapped toy for deserving children in need throughout Middle Tennessee.
In 2015, through a partnership with ABC Television Network and the U.S. Marine
Corps’ Toys for Tots program, CMA collected more than 5,000 unwrapped gifts.

“Providing new toys for
deserving children shines a spotlight on a worthy endeavor and reflects the values
and spirit of giving found in our artists, industry, and city,” Trahern said.

For updates and information
or follow us on Twitter @Countrymusic.

“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.

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