Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban and a handful of other country music superstars are set to perform during the third annual ‘CMA Country Christmas’ prime time special, scheduled to air on ABC this upcoming holiday season.
Jennifer Nettles will return to host the yuletide extravaganza for the
third consecutive year, a gig the singer has held down since the event’s
inception in 2010.
“I am so excited to be hosting this year, and I love inviting the
audience to get into the spirit of the season by bringing a toy for
donation!” an enthusiastic Nettles shares. “It is such a joy to watch
this holiday special grow — in not only its talent roster, but moreover
in its charitable celebration of the season.”
Martina McBride, Little Big Town, the Band Perry, Dierks Bentley and Scotty McCreery
round out the group of confirmed country performers, with mainstream
superstars John Legend, Colbie Caillat and opera star Katherine Jenkins
added to the bill to give some pop flavor to the mostly country music
McCreery and Lady A will no doubt debut holiday-themed music from
their respective Christmas releases during the annual event, which will
also host a charitable toy donation drive. The former ‘American Idol’
winner’s ‘Christmas With Scotty McCreery‘
album was released today (Oct. 16), while Lady Antebellum’s ‘On This
Winter’s Night’ will hit store shelves and digital retailers next week
‘CMA Country Christmas’ will be taped in front of a live audience at
Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 3, just two days after the
upcoming CMA Awards ceremony wraps in the same venue. The event will air
later in the holiday season on the ABC network.