STAR-PACKED CAST FOR “CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS”

MARY J. BLIGE, LADY ANTEBELLUM,
AND BELOVED PEANUTS CHARACTERS JOIN STAR-PACKED CAST FOR “CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS”
DEC. 2 ON ABC


Hosted by Jennifer
Nettles, the Special Tapes Friday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville
Audience Encouraged to Bring an Unwrapped Toy to the Taping to Make
the Holidays Brighter for a Homeless Child
NASHVILLE
– The music and traditions of the holidays are center stage for “CMA Country
Christmas,” a two-hour special hosted by Jennifer Nettles airing
Monday, Dec. 2 (9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

The special
is a celebration of the season featuring Country’s top stars and non-format
favorites performing holiday songs and sharing their personal holiday traditions
and memories. The special tapes in front of a live audience
Friday (7:00 PM/CT) at
the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Joining the previously announced star-packed
lineup of performers is
Mary J. Blige, Lady Antebellum, and beloved Peanuts
characters
Charlie Brown, Lucy and Linus van Pelt, and Snoopy

Performers
already announced include
Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Lucy Hale, Nettles, Jake Owen, Kellie
Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker,
“Duck Dynasty’s” Willie Robertson, and Michael W. Smith.

“The
lineup for this year’s special keeps getting better with the addition of Mary
J. Blige and Lady A,” said CMA Board President Ed Hardy. “And
the icing on this Christmas cookie is the Peanuts gang. Talk about two great holiday
traditions coming together to celebrate the season.”
For the second
year, audience members are 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 homeless families this
holiday season. In 2012, the group collected more than 5,000 toys.

Volunteers
from Generosity will start accepting toys
Friday at 1:00 PM/CT at the Bridgestone
Arena Plaza (corner of Fifth Avenue and Demonbreun). You do not have to have a
ticket to the show to drop off a toy.

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