Jennifer Nettles, Brett Eldredge, Kelsea Ballerini, Trisha Yearwood and More Celebrate a “CMA Country Christmas” [Photo Gallery]

Jennifer Nettles, Brett Eldredge, Kelsea Ballerini, Trisha Yearwood and More Celebrate a “CMA Country Christmas” [Photo Gallery]

Christmas is right around the corner and Jennifer Nettles and friends are getting the holiday started early with special performances on a CMA Country Christmas, airing Nov. 28 on ABC.

Jennifer returns for the seventh consecutive year as host of the holiday special, sharing the stage to recreate collaborations from her Christmas album—To Celebrate Christmasincluding “Little Drummer Boy” with  Idina Menzel and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” with R&B singer Andra Day and a one-of-a-kind collaboration with Trisha Yearwood and Loretta Lynn.

“I love it. I’ve loved it from the beginning though, being able to celebrate the holidays and essentially country music is paying host to good holiday music across the board, across genres,” said Jennifer. “We host the music, we host the artists that are putting out Christmas records that year or whoever wants to come and celebrate wonderful holiday music.”

Recorded at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, the holiday special features performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Joey Alexander, Chris Young, Brad Paisley, Kelly Clarkson, Brett Eldredge, Amy Grant, Sarah McLachlan, Kacey Musgraves, Rascal Flatts and Jordan Smith.

Brett Eldredge, who has his own Christmas album out, Glow, will be performing two cuts from the album, “Let It Snow” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

“They are two of my favorite songs from the album,” said Brett about his choice of songs. “It’s so hard to pick 12 songs for an album but to actually perform these songs, I get to pick two, they are so much fun. “Let It Snow” has so much energy—we are early on in the show to bring energy to the crowd and fire them up.”

CMA Country Christmas is set to air Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Check out the photo gallery from the show.

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Brian Kelley Finds A Solo Home

Brian Kelley Finds A Solo Home

Earlier this year Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard announced that while Florida Georgia Line would continue, both guys would also be venturing out to do their own musical projects. As their FGL song “Long Live” is knocking on the door to number-1, Tyler is also climbing the chart with Tim McGraw and their duet “Undivided.”

Now, Brian is giving fans a taste of what’s to come with his solo project – he shared, “There’s a new kind of cowboy in town…who’s ready to ride this wave? Can’t wait for y’all to hear this new music.”

Brian also made some news in announcing that he’s partnering with Warner Music Nashville when it comes to any future solo projects he has, “I couldn’t be more grateful for everyone who has helped me on my journey to get here. I’m humbled to team up with Warner Music Nashville to take the music I’ve been dreamin’ and schemin’ up to the next level. This is just the beginning of a whole new adventure. My vision for what’s next is a vibe and state of mind – get ready to ride the wave with ya Beach Cowboy, y’all!”

Photo Credit: Ben Christensen