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.

All photos by ©Curtis Hilbun/AFF-USA.com

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Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

When you’re getting a permanent addition to you body, you want to make sure it means something, right?

Michael Ray has several tattoos, but each one has a personal connection to his life, “All my tattoos are either family based, religious based, or music based.”

He shares the story of one of his tattoos that honors his late grandmother, “So, my grandma, Penny, she passed away a couple of years ago, and I have a tattoo memory of my grandfather, and I wanted a tattoo for her. Her nickname was Penny, and I got a penny with my Grandmother’s birth year, 1942, on the date, on the inside of my arm.”

If he could change one thing about the tattoo…it would just be WHEN he got it. Turns out Michael got it on a show day, and it being on his arm, well, Michael admits “I started playing guitar that night…for the show, and it hurt like hell.”

But even with that night of pain Michael proudly says “it’s probably my favorite tattoo.”

 

Photo Credit: Sean Hagwell