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Country Christmas is coming to TV

Monday, November 22, 2010 – CMA Country Christmas offers music, memories, and stories of the season from the likes of Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow and Reba McEntire when the special airs Monday, Nov. 29 at 9:30 a.m. eastern on ABC. Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles hosted the show.

"The themes you find in Country Music are the foundation of what makes the holidays meaningful - the comfort of home, family, and friends," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "'CMA Country Christmas' will be wrapped in those traditions."

Highlights include footage of a then, 12-year-old Brad Paisley strumming a guitar and singing the first song he ever composed, Born on Christmas Day before he performed an acoustic version of What Child is This.

Kellie Pickler in a red, satin gown, sang Santa Baby. Little Big Town performed Go Tell It On The Mountain and offer harmonies to a Sugarland performance of Winter Wonderland. Sheryl Crow and Paisley teamed up on a guitar-driven cover of Run, Run, Rudolph.

Rascal Flatts included messages to our military heroes recorded at Fort Campbell Air Force base during their salute of I'll Be Home for Christmas, while Martina McBride sang O Holy Night. Reba, surrounded by eight swooning Santas, offered Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Darius Rucker performs Candy Cane Christmas.

LeAnn Rimes' gave her take on the Brenda Lee classic Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" complete with dancing sailors.

The show closes with a full cast reading of Jingle Bell Rock.

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