CMT has announced two all-new Christmas-themed music specials as part of its holiday programming, one starring Big Machine artist Brett Young in collaboration with fellow stars, and the other featuring such names as Amy Grant, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Wynonna.
The exclusive shows will air back-to-back on Wednesday, December 8 from 8pm ET/7pm CT. CMT Crossroads Christmas: Brett Young & Friends sees the entertainer return to the CMT Crossroads stage for the first-ever Christmas-themed episode of the acclaimed series.
The 60-minute special will feature Young with a starry line-up of friends and collaborators including Boyz II Men, Chris Tomlin, Colbie Caillat, Dann Huff, Darius Rucker, Gavin DeGraw, and Maddie & Tae. They’ll all be performing vesions of classic Christmas hits from Young’s first holiday album Brett Young & Friends Sing The Christmas Classics.
CMT’s A Tennessee Kind Of Christmas, airing at 9pm ET/8pm CT, features Grant, Cyrus, and Wynonna as well as Clay Walker, Pam Tillis, Sara & Olivia Evans, Steve Wariner, and Tracy Lawrence. They’ll celebrate the season by sharing holiday traditions, personal memories, and their performances of Christmas classics from various famous venues and outdoor locations in and around Nashville.
Margaret Comeaux, VP of production for CMT & executive producer of the specials, says: “We’re excited to ring in the holiday season with our very first Christmas-themed Crossroads along with an all-new music special starring some of country music’s greatest voices.
“The Christmas cheer begins with hitmaker Brett Young and a variety of special guests both in and out of genre, followed by an incredible lineup of classic country legends in a Tennessee-themed holiday special. It will be a can’t-miss night of music filled with traditions both new and old alongside amazing renditions of our favorite holiday hits.” The specials will re-air during CMT’s Christmas Week of December 20-25.
Young‘s “You Didn’t,” the latest track lifted from his album Weekends Look A Little Different These Days, officially goes to US country radio for playlist adds on November 15.