Tim McGraw Releases “It Wasn’t His Child”

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GRAMMY® Award-winner Tim McGraw is ushering in the holiday season with the release of “It Wasn’t His Child” today – listen now. McGraw first performed the Christmas standard at the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway and most recently reprised it against a stunning holiday backdrop on this year’s CMA Country Christmas, which will re-air December 21 at 10/9c on ABC. Originally written and performed by Skip Ewing, McGraw’s version was arranged and co-produced by his longtime band leader Danny Hemingson along with Steve Gibson and Byron Gallimore. “It Wasn’t His Child” has been a favorite song of McGraw’s for years. “It’s been a crazy year and we’ve worked hard to put out music, knowing how much it can mean and provide solace in difficult times,” McGraw says of the release. “This is our final chance to thank everyone for sticking with us this year and more importantly, provide some Christmas spirit to you this holiday season.” The release of “It Wasn’t His Child” caps off a 2020 for McGraw in which he released his 16th studio album Here On Earth, which marked his 4th straight decade with a #1 album on the Billboard Country Album chart. The album was his 19th worldwide #1 and his 17th U.S. #1, tying him for second most #1 albums in the U.S., just behind George Strait. His #1 GRAMMY-winning hit “Humble & Kind” and his #1 single “Highway Don’t Care” were each certified triple platinum, moving his total career RIAA certifications to 76 million. 

5 Last Minute Holiday Gift Hacks For Country Music Lovers

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*Disclaimer: We may earn a small commission through the purchase of products linked below. All opinions are our own. With Christmas almost upon us a lot of us (me… I mean me) are just now getting around to filling out our holiday gift list. If you’re in the same spot I’m in, let me share with you some of the last minute gift ideas that have worked for me in a pinch. Uncaged Wine by Zac BrownLike many other country stars, Zac Brown has branched out into the alcohol business. We here at CMNB are huge fans of his Uncaged line of wines, and since his distribution game is on point, you can find it just about anywhere! Site-to-Store deals from Lowes and WalmartAs in all things last minute, shipping is usually where the best-laid plans fall apart, and none of us want to wade through the big box stores this time of year, especially as Covid numbers spike. How about doing your shopping online, taking advantage of all those online-only savings, but then selecting site-to-store for your delivery option. The items you order will get added to the big box store’s distribution truck with all the priority of a perishable good from the regional warehouse and be ready for curbside pickup in no time at all! Amazon Prime Purchases with discounts from SlickDealsThis year has been THE year to pick up a craft or hobby, and nothing has been hotter than hot cocoa bombs. You can help inspire creativity and get some hot coupon codes from SlickDeals and order the silicon chocolate molds using Amazon Prime for super-fast shipping. Subscription Gifts!I don’t know about you, but subscription boxes ALWAYS feel like a treat to me. Whether it’s makeup, wine, geeky toys, or yoga gear, the surprise element of never knowing exactly what will be in the delivery makes it a lot of fun to recieve, and makes it feel like an extravagant treat. CrateJoy.com has a great listing of hundreds of available subscription boxes that will suit the tastes of just about anyone you can think of. Many of the services will let you choose a one-time gift, an limited time subscription, or an ongoing delivery depending on your level of generosity. Discover 1,000’s of subscription boxes as unique as you are! Custom Made Cocktail KitsWant to keep with the cocktail options, but you’re not a big fan of wine? Try some other top-notch spirits from your favorite country music icons. Widely available are options like Kenny Chesney’s Blue Chair Rum, Redneck Riviera Whiskey from John Rich, Wild Shot Mezcal from Toby Keith, Smithwork’s American Made Vodka from Blake Shelton, or even Old Whiskey River Bourbon from Willie Nelson himself. Pair that with a mixer of your choice and tie a ribbon around them both and you’ll be the star of the holiday season! *Some links in this post may be sponsored, but all opinions are our own.

Dolly Parton’s “Holly Dolly Christmas” Album Debuts at Number 1

DOLLY PARTON DEBUTS AT #1 ON TWO BILLBOARD CHARTS WITH A HOLLY DOLLY CHRISTMAS ALBUM Her First Holiday Album in 30 Years Takes Top Spot on Country Albums Chart and Holiday Albums Chart Dolly Parton has been an inspiring and comforting voice for generations of fans around the world her entire career. This year, when we all could use a little extra cheer, Dolly has once again provided solace and joy with the release of her latest holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, which has reached the #1 spot on both the Billboard Country and Holiday charts in its first week. The album released on Butterfly Records in partnership with 12Tone Music is available for purchase and streaming worldwide.

Carrie Underwood Reveals My Gift Track List & Special Guests

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Seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner and five-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Carrie Underwood, released the track list and special guests for her first-ever Christmas album, My Gift, available globally on digital and CD on September 25 and on red vinyl on October 30. Continue reading Carrie Underwood Reveals My Gift Track List & Special Guests

Sandra Lynn Spreads Christmas Cheer to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Inspired by her original holiday single “My Christmas Wish for You,” songstress Sandra Lynn spreads Christmas cheer to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville. For a list of ways to support Nashville’s Ronald McDonald House this holiday season, click HERE.  “Getting to tour Nashville’s Ronald McDonald House this week and see all the incredible ways this organization helps support families with a home away from home while they’re children are receiving critical medical care is absolutely touching and inspiring. I cannot thank everyone enough that donated towards RMH’s ‘Holiday Wish List’ this year, in hopefully helping to make Christmas just a little bit brighter for these families,” expressed Lynn.

Brett Eldredge Teams With Amazon’s Alexa For Interactive Christmas Countdown

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BRETT ELDREDGE has launched the “BRETT ELDREDGE’S CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN” interactive Alexa voice skill for AMAZON’s Echo devices. Once the feature is enabled, fans can use the voice prompt “Alexa, open ‘BRETT ELDREDGE’S CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN’” to engage with ELDREDGE and hear tracks from his “GLOW” holiday album. The skill also has ELDREDGE answering questions about the production process for the album, discussing his favorite CHRISTMAS songs, and talking about the inspiration behind recording a holiday project, plus more. “With the release of this latest voice skill, we’re ushering in a new era of fan engagement,” said WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE VP/Radio & Streaming/Marketing CHAD SCHULTZ. “Fans increasingly crave an intimate and authentic connection that extends beyond the music; voice technology represents a powerful opportunity for artists like BRETT to satisfy this demand and reach broad audiences.” Get the skill here.

Brett Eldredge, Kelly Clarkson Appear In Cracker Barrel Series ‘Rocking And Stockings’

ATLANTIC/WMN’s BRETT ELDREDGE and Pop artist KELLY CLARKSON are featured in CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE’s series, “Rocking And Stockings,” which includes performances of new hits and holiday classics. CLARKSON’s episode premiered today (11/13) on CRACKER BARREL’s YOUTUBE channel, while ELDREDGE’s performances of CHRISTMAS classics “Have Yourself A Merry Little CHRISTMAS” and “First Noel” from his 2016 holiday album, “Glow,” release next MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17th. “CHRISTMAS is far and away my favorite holiday, and recording the music for ‘Glow’ was a dream come true,” said ELDREDGE. “I’ve been inspired for this record from a very young age, and I dreamt of the day I could record all these classic songs that I’ve loved since I was a little kid. I think we found a little magic on this album, and CHRISTMAS is all about magic!”

Reba McEntire to Host CMA Country Christmas

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It looks like Reba is taking the reigns when it comes time to ring in that holiday spirit. Jennifer Nettles is stepping down and Reba is stepping up to host the annual CMA Country Christmas special. The program will be taped in Nashville, TN at the Grand Ole Opry House on November 14th, and then later brodacast on November 27th on ABC. REBA MCENTIRE will host the eighth annual “CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS” program, to be taped on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14th at the GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE in NASHVILLE. The show will then air as a two-hour holiday special MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27th at 8p (ET) on ABC-TV.

Deck the Halls with Jennifer Nettles in an All-New Christmas ConcertPremiering on AXS TV Dec. 20 at 9pE

AXS TV is proud to premiere an all-new Christmas concert from GRAMMY®-Winning country artist Jennifer Nettles next Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. “Band Against Cancer presents Jennifer Nettles: ‘Tis the Season” was filmed live a the CMA Theater in Nashville and features a blend of holiday classics and new favorites. More details about this special holiday television event are available in the press release attached and embedded below along with a photo for media use. Please let me know if you have any questions. We greatly appreciate any features, highlights or holiday programming-related mentions you can provide DECK THE HALLS WITH JENNIFER NETTLES IN AN ALL-NEW CHRISTMAS CONCERT PREMIERING ON AXS TV DECEMBER 20 AT 9pE ‘Band Against Cancer presents Jennifer Nettles: ‘Tis The Season’ was Filmed Live at the CMA Theater in Nashville GRAMMY®-Winning Artist’s Set List Includes a Blend of Holiday Classics and New Favorites LOS ANGELES – December 13, 2016 –AXS TV offers viewers a Country Christmas with GRAMMY®-winning entertainer Jennifer Nettles as the network premieres an all-new holiday television event on Tues., Dec. 20 at 9pE. Band Against Cancer presents Jennifer Nettles: ‘Tis The Season was originally filmed live at the world-famous CMA Theater in Nashville. In this special, Nettles’ signature vocals are on full display as the set list features a charming blend of classics and modern favorites from her latest album TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS (Big Machine Records.) The special will also have a same night encore broadcast at 11pE and subsequent airings Wed., Dec. 21 at 10pE; Thurs., Dec. 22 at 9pE; Fri., Dec. 23 at 4pE and 6pE; Wed., Dec. 28 at 10pE; and Thurs., Dec. 29 at 9pE. “Jennifer Nettles is one of the most celebrated women in Country today, and her unique take on these classic and modern tunes is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season,” said Michele M. Dix, AXS TV’s Senior Vice President, Programming and Development. “There is truly something here for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re a Country fan or you just love the spirit of the season. AXS TV is proud to be a part of this incredible event supporting such an important cause.” The hour-long Yuletide concert special includes “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “O Holy Night,” and “Merry Christmas With Love,” among others. The unforgettable evening was held to raise funds and awareness for the Band Against Cancer movement—a joint partnership between cancer specialist Sarah Cannon and Big Machine Label Group, aimed at helping people with cancer connect to the support and resources they need. ABOUT AXS TV AXS TV is the cable industry’s leading general entertainment network for live event programming. Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, AXS TV is dedicated to providing groundbreaking music programming, stand-up comedy performances from today’s top comedians, and hard-hitting mixed martial arts promotions. The network’s franchises include THE X FACTOR UK and NASHVILLE; as well as original programs such as THE BIG INTERVIEW with Dan Rather; ROCK & Continue reading Deck the Halls with Jennifer Nettles in an All-New Christmas ConcertPremiering on AXS TV Dec. 20 at 9pE

SiriusXM’s ’12 Days Of Country Christmas Live’ Lineup Features NineCountry Legends To Celebrate The Holidays in December

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SIRIUSXM’S ’12 DAYS OF COUNTRY CHRISTMAS LIVE’ LINEUP FEATURES TANYA TUCKER, COLLIN RAYE, JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY, T. GRAHAM BROWN, THE BELLAMY BROTHERS, MARK WILLS, JOHNNY LEE, T.G. SHEPPARD AND EXILE “12 Days of Country Christmas LIVE” Begins Airing on SiriusXM Ch. 587 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 5, 2016) – Webster Public Relations is proud to announce nine artists on the company’s roster as performers for SiriusXM’s “12 Days of Country Christmas LIVE,” including Tanya Tucker, Collin Raye, John Michael Montgomery, T. Graham Brown, The Bellamy Brothers, Mark Wills, Johnny Lee, T.G. Sheppard and Exile. [bctt tweet=”@CollinRaye @exileofficial @MarkWillsMusic @JM2Squared @TGRAHAMBROWN1 @bellamybrothers @tgsheppardmusic @tanya_tucker featured in @SiriusXM Christmas special”] “12 Days of Country Christmas LIVE” SiriusXM Ch. 58: Dec. 05 Collin Raye 6PM ET Dec. 06 Exile 6PM ET Dec. 07 Mark Wills 6PM ET Dec. 08 Johnny Lee 6PM ET Dec. 10 John Michael Montgomery 6PM ET Dec. 11 T. Graham Brown 6PM ET Dec. 13 The Bellamy Brothers 6PM ET Dec. 14 T.G. Sheppard 6PM ET Dec. 15 Tanya Tucker 6PM ET ABOUT COLLIN RAYE: Collin Raye’s searing ballads and electric performances have been captivating country audiences for more than 25 years. With 16 No. 1 hits, 24 top 10s and ten Male Vocalist Of The Year nominations, Raye has clearly emerged as one of the great voices of our time. The De Queen, Arkansas native rose to fame in 1991 with the timeless number one hit, “Love, Me.” In 1994, his music video for “Little Rock,” led to over 100,000 phone calls to help lines from those seeking help with their addictions. “Not That Different,” was a song that pleaded for tolerance, and “I Think About You” (awarded as “Video Of The Year” by the Academy of Country Music in 1997) exposed exploitation of women and children. His latest album projects include His Love Remains, his first inspirational hymns album, as well as Still On The Line, a tribute album to Glen Campbell. In 2014, he released his moving autobiography, A Voice Undefeated. He has topped the charts with songs such as “In This Life,” “I Can Still Feel You,” and “That’s My Story,” “One Boy, One Girl” and more. He is currently performing across the U.S. on The Big 25 Tour. For more information on Collin Raye and upcoming tour dates, visit collinraye.com. ABOUT EXILE: Pop/country crossover group EXILE just released their first ever Christmas album, Wrapped Up In Your Arms for Christmas. The project features three original songs written by the band’s J.P. Pennington and Sonny LeMaire, as well their spin on holiday favorites . EXILE formed in 1963 looking to play small clubs in Richmond, Kentucky, but managed to top both the pop and country charts during their over 50 year-long career. Their most successful hit, “Kiss You All Over,” spent four weeks at the top of Billboard’s pop chart in 1978. In the early 1980’s EXILE start to focus on country music. During their run on the country charts EXILE has successfully had ten No. Continue reading SiriusXM’s ’12 Days Of Country Christmas Live’ Lineup Features NineCountry Legends To Celebrate The Holidays in December