Category Archives: Christmas

Lauren Alaina Brings Christmas Cheer to Children’s Hospital

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You know what they say in ELF, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” And that’s exactly what Lauren Alaina did this holiday season, making a surprise visit to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt through one of Musicians On Call’s (MOC) weekly Bedside Performance Programs.

Alaina delighted the patients and staff, spending time with them and singing holiday carols that included “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Clause is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Silent Night.”

“Everyone deserves a smile for the holidays, and smiling isn’t exactly the first word that comes to mind when you think of a hospital, but I went there with that goal to make that happen for everyone I met,” shares Alaina. “It wasn’t as easy in some rooms as it was in others, but at the end of the day, I made it happen somehow. I can’t imagine spending my holidays in the hospital. I honestly don’t know if I’d feel like smiling either, but I know it would mean a lot to me to have someone visit. I hope I made a difference.”

For more information on MOC, visit www.MusiciansOnCall.org.

Kelly Clarkson Treats Fans to “Blue Christmas”

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Although Christmas day may be over, it’s not yet time to put away your Christmas albums. Earlier this season, Kelly Clarkson released her future classic, Wrapped In Red, which is chock full of classic covers and great originals. Yesterday, she appeared on the Today Show, with a stunning, countrified version of “Blue Christmas” that would make even Elvis proud.

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DVR Alert: Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale

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Try saying that title three times fast!

As you have probably seen advertised recently (during The Sound of Music, The Voice, or a myriad of other NBC specials), Kelly Clarkson is bringing some of her best assets to the network for her Cautionary Christmas Music Tale. Specifically, Kelly will bring her talent, sense of humor, and impressive cast of characters in her life to a television audience.

During this special, Kelly presents the brattiest possible version of herself (“Scrooge, diva’d out,” she calls the character) while trying to enlist celebrities to appear in a Christmas special. “We’re doing a show within a show, kind of like White Christmas,” Kelly says. “Let me tell you this, though … it’s nowhere near that good. I love what we’ve done, but that’s a classic.”

Kelly’s show will feature musical performances from mother-in-law, Reba McEntire, along with Trisha Yearwood, both of whom appear on Kelly’s Christmas album Wrapped in Red. The show will also include cameos by Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, William Shatner, Danica Patrick, Heidi Klum, Community‘s Ken Jeong and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy‘s Jai Rodriguez will make appearances. Oh, and did we mention Blake Shelton … as an elf?

This will be an event that Kelly fans and country fans will not want to miss! Tune in to NBC or set your DVRs tonight for the 10:00pm EST airing of Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale! And check out some behind-the-scenes footage of the special, featuring Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton:

Dave Barnes Releases Christmas Album, “A December to Remember”

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For fans of Nashville-based singer-songwriter Dave Barnes, it is bound to be a very happy holidays. Barnes recently released his second Christmas album, A December To Remember. The singer-songwriter and GRAMMY and CMA nominee co-produced the follow up to his 2010 holiday album, Very Merry Christmas.

The album features six original tracks, such as “So, Santa” and “Better Than Christmas Day,” as well as five Christmas classics including “White Christmas” and “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

In addition to the holiday album, his next studio album “Golden Days” will hit stores on January 28th. Barnes also co-wrote ”Daughter of a Working Man” on Danielle Bradbery‘s recently released debut album.

Make sure to check out Dave’s HILARIOUS new Christmas video while you’re at it.

Kelly Clarkson Apologizes to International Fans

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As you likely have heard, newlyweds Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock are expecting their first child together, which was announced weeks after their recent marriage. Kelly has revealed in recent interviews, as well as through social media, that the pregnancy has not been easy on her body thus far, and that she has been experiencing her fair share of related sickness.

Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Kelly apologized to her fans for being “incredibly ill” and hoped that she would be feeling back to normal soon. Kelly tweeted “I’m so sorry 2 all my fans overseas 4 not doing promo 4 my Xmas album. I have been incredibly ill w/pregnancy. Hopefully it gets better soon.”

Kellie Pickler Records New Christmas Song

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There’s a new song to add to your Country Music Christmas collection.

Kellie Pickler has recorded the Christmas song, “The Man With The Bag.” The tune was co-written by Harold Stanley, Irving Taylor, and Dudley Brooks, and made popular by Kay Starr in the 1950s. Several artists have covered the song throughout the years, and Pickler has now given us her take on it.

“The Man With The Bag” will be available for download on November 25th! We love all things Pickler so we can’t wait. Here is the iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/nz/album/the-man-with-the-bag-single/id735078454.

Have Yourself a Darling Christmas

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Sarah Darling released her four song holiday EP, entitled Have a Merry Christmas Darling. The EP consists of:

1. The Christmas Song
2. River
3. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
4. Silent Night

You can download your copy of Sarah’s magical Christmas EP on iTunes now!

***Fun fact! Our friend, Sara Kauss, is responsible for the gorgeous artwork on the cover of Sarah’s Christmas EP!***

Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale

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Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale is set to air December 11th on NBC. The special will center around a comedic story of Clarkson searching for the meaning of Christmas. In recent interviews, she has likened the tale to a diva-spin on A Christmas Carol.

Of course, the powerhouse vocalist will also be performing songs from her new Christmas album, Wrapped In Red. The record was just released last month, and it is absolute Christmas and vocal perfection! We’ve had it on repeat since October.

Her mom-in-law, Reba, and good friend, Trisha Yearwood, helped Clarkson close out her album with a stunning trio version of “Silent Night”, and they join her to perform the classic for the special as well. Also on hand for Clarkson’s Christmas special debut is good buddy, Blake Shelton. Other guests include: Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, William Shatner, Danica Patrick, Heidi Klum, Ken Jeong and Jai Rodriguez.

Set your DVRs! The music tale will air Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).

Meanwhile, take a listen to Clarkson’s first single from her Christmas album, “Underneath The Tree” & check out some photos from the Christmas special’s taping:

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Kelly Clarkson Unwraps “Underneath the Tree”

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It may not even be Halloween yet, but Kelly Clarkson‘s already got us hitting the fast-forward buttons on our calendars. Her Christmas album, Wrapped In Red, hits stores October 29th, but today, Clarkson spoiled her fans with an early Christmas gift. The pop-country dynamo unwrapped “Underneath the Tree” on her official Vevo account a day after taking to Twitter to spotlight the Christmas single’s omg-adorable lyrics.

While the lyrics are cute in their cursive print on festive red stationery, it’s the toe-tapping melody, sleigh bells, perfect saxophone solo and unmatched vocals that make “Underneath the Tree” sound like an insta-classic. Clarkson sings as though she’s got the Hallelujah Chorus, Santa’s entire workshop and the little girl from Love Actually (forget Mariah!) trapped within her vocal chords, and we mean that in the absolute best way possible. Frankly, she “sleighs” it. (badum!)

Enough from us, you just have to listen:

Clarkson will be filming a Christmas special at the Venetian in Las Vegas on October 30th, and already-announced guests include Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood. The show, Kelly Clarkson’s (Cautionary) Christmas Tale, will air following The Voice on December 10th or fans can grab tickets to the live taping here.

And if you can’t get enough Christmas in October from Clarkson, she revealed a STUNNING rendition of “White Christmas” earlier this week.

 

Gretchen Wilson To Release Holiday Album

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Gretchen Wilson will be decking the halls a bit early this year with the release of her first Holiday album, Christmas In My Heart, to be released on October 8, 2013. The 10-song album will be released on Wilson’s Redneck Records and will feature a mix of traditional songs and original tracks.

“This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said Gretchen. “We really took our time and came up with a fun mix of classic songs and found some great new songs to record.”

The album’s original tracks include title-track “Christmas In My Heart” written by Greg Barnhill, “Santa I’ve Been Naughty” by Robert Simbeck and Frank Michels and “If You See Rudolph,” written by Trent Willmon, Jenee Fleenor & Rob Byus.

Classics include “Blue Christmas,” “The Christmas Song” and “Have A Holly Jolly Christmas.”

Christmas In My Heart Track Listing:

1. Christmas In My Heart
2. Santa I’ve Been Naughty
3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
4. If You See Rudolph
5. Nuttin’ For Christmas
6. Silent Night
7. Have A Holly Jolly Christmas
8. The Christmas Song
9. I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas
10. Blue Christmas