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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


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 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


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Rising newcomer Olivia Lane shined at the 93rd Annual New York Stock Exchange Tree Lighting on Thursday (12/1) as she performed a vivacious four-song set, including “Lightning,” “Make My Own Sunshine,” “My Heartbreak” and her holiday single, the Brenda Lee classic, “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.” All of the songs are featured on her deluxe self-titled EP, available now. National radio personality Trey Morgan emceed the event, which also included performances by The Radio City Rockettes, 98 Degrees’ Jeff Timmons, Santa Claus and a special appearance by supermodel and entrepreneur Christie Brinkley. Lane’s deluxe edition of her self-titled EP, produced by GRAMMY-nominated musician and 2015 Academy of Country Music’s (ACM) “Studio Recording Award” honoree Ilya Toshinskiy, has been well-received by media and fans alike with Taste of Country naming the Texas native “Country’s queen of righteous heartbreak songs” and Rolling Stone noting here as an artist “who leads with her sass and robust voice.” The talented singer-songwriter has writing credits on seven of the nine songs on the project. With the early success of the “She Fits” tour contest, Lane recently told The Boot she is gearing up to “connect one-on-one with fans and try out new music” for what is sure to be an “intimate gathering.” Fans can still enter to win a house party from the charismatic singer herself right in their own living room or backyard. Known for her effervescent personality and powerhouse vocals, Lane has been selected for iTunes Country New Artist Spotlight, named an Entertainment Weekly “Breaking Big” artist, featured as one of Rolling Stone Country’s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know” and spotlighted in CMT’s Listen Up Music Discovery Program. The fresh-faced newcomer has been immersed in the craft and tradition of Country music since she was a little girl, eager to follow in the footsteps of her mother who was a Country singer. In college at USC, she honed her calling studying music, songwriting and acting. Immediately upon graduation, Lane moved to Nashville to pursue her lifelong dream of a career in Country music. OLIVIA LANE (Deluxe Edition) is available here. For additional tour dates and information on Olivia Lane visit Reach out to her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.  


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JORDAN SMITH’S ‘TIS THE SEASON SOARED TO #1 ON ITUNES HOLIDAY ALBUM & AMAZON DIGITAL ALBUM CHARTS AFTER UNFORGETTABLE TV PERFORMANCE LIGHTS UP NBC’S CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER RECEIVES RAVE REVIEWS FOR CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE DEBUT PUBLIC TELEVISION SPECIAL ‘TIS THE SEASON AIRS ACROSS THE NATION THIS DECEMBER HOLIDAY TOUR UNDERWAY WITH AMY GRANT & MICHAEL W. SMITH New York, NY (December 1, 2016) – Following a powerhouse performance at NBC’s Christmas In Rockefeller Center last night, JORDAN SMITH’s first holiday album, ‘Tis The Season [LightWorkers/Republic Records], holds strong in the Top 3 of iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart today. The chart-topping singer and the “best-selling artist in the history of NBC’s The Voice” illuminated New York City last night during the prestigious tree lighting at Rockefeller Center as he performed “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”. Following his recent return to The Voice, ‘Tis The Season enjoyed a 699% increase at iTunes, capturing #1 on iTunes Holiday Album and Amazon Digital Album charts. Moreover, all of his tracks achieved a 1,000% increase on iTunes. Check out the stunning performance of “O Holy Night” from The Voice HERE. It’s been a banner week for the vocalist. On Monday, he graced the stage at CMA Country Christmas and delivered his blockbuster rendition of the classic “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Hollywood Life claimed, “JORDAN dominated the Christmas jam in a sultry, jazzy rendition,” adding “JORDAN offered the audience his signature long, Adele-like voice and his amazing personality.” Country Living went on to say, “JORDAN SMITH stole the show at CMA Country Christmas.” JORDAN has absolutely dominated the holiday season. During his returned to The Voice, his label and coach Adam Levine surprised him with a special plaque commemorating his status as the “best-selling artist in the history of the show” with over 7 million tracks sold to date. He teamed with Amy Grant of “Grown Up Christmas List” for a duet of “Silent Night” on the Hallmark Home & Family: Home for the Holidays special. He appears on HARRY 12/6. Throughout this month, his very first public television special entitled ‘TIS THE SEASON airs across the nation. Check local listings for airing dates and times, and visit JORDAN’s web site for updates throughout the holidays! Right now, JORDAN is in the midst of a Christmas tour with Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith until December 18. Check out remaining dates below. Produced by legendary Grammy Award-winning producer David Foster, ‘Tis The Season sees JORDAN take on 12 Christmas classics with his own stunning style, spirit, and soul. These include standards such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night,” and “O Holy Night” featuring the Grammy and Emmy Award winning The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Among the albums’ many highlights, “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” is a modern take on the timeless classic, and is Jordan’s personal favorite. Check out the full tracklisting below. “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” ‘Tis The Season Television Special Performance: LINK: Continue reading JORDAN SMITH’S ‘TIS THE SEASON SOARS TO #1 ON ITUNES HOLIDAY ALBUM & AMAZON DIGITAL ALBUM CHARTS 

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