Just in time for the holidays, the Country Music Association has revealed performers for its 12th annual holiday special, CMA Country Christmas.
First-time hosts, Gabby Barrett and Carly Pearce, will be joined by Jimmie Allen with Louis York & The Shindellas, BRELAND, Brett Eldredge, Lady A, Pistol Annies, Carrie Underwood, and Lainey Wilson for an intimate evening of holiday classics. CMA Country Christmas airs Monday, Nov. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM/ET) on ABC.
CMA Country Christmas brings the holidays home again, inviting viewers to sit back and enjoy the season in a warm and intimate home setting reminiscent of classic Christmas television specials of the past. Coming together for a night of festive performances and cozy holiday moments, CMA Country Christmas is sure to celebrate the magic of the Christmas season.
CMA Country Christmas will also feature two student musicians, supporting CMA’s longstanding commitment to support equity in music education. A student at Nashville School of the Arts, Truman Eltringham, 17, and Carter Hammonds, an 8-year-old student at FH Jenkins Preparatory School, joined hosts Barrett and Pearce for an unforgettable performance you won’t want to miss.
CMA Country Christmas is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer and Writer. Paul Miller is the Director.
CMA partnered with Balsam Hill, stunningly realistic Christmas trees and beautifully-designed holiday décor, to decorate the “CMA Country Christmas” stage again this year.
In other Carrie Underwood news, she recently gave her legions of fans a “Christmas bonus” in the form of a comedic, digital-only, fundraising holiday track, “Stretchy Pants.” The lighthearted song, which steps outside her usual country style into an R&B groove, is accompanied by a fun-filled, animated video. The clip is directed and produced by Andrew Seth Cohen and Ryan Kieffer of Confidential Creative.
“Stretchy Pants” was written by Underwood with Hillary Lindsey and Chris DeStefano, who combined to write her “Little Toy Guns” and “Smoke Break” as well as “Favorite Time Of Year,” which appears on Underwood’s My Gift (Special Edition). The new song was produced by DeStefano.