ABC has announced two new performers to ‘CMA Country Christmas,’ the annual special will feature Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley when the special-event airs in December. The show will once again be hosted for the fifth year by Jennifer Nettles and is set to air on MONDAY, DECEMBER 1 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.
The special, which tapes in front of a live audience Friday, November 7 (7:30 p.m., CT), at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., is a star-packed celebration of the season with performances by Alan Jackson, and Brad Paisley adding his blazing guitar work to a performance by rock ‘n’ roll royalty Steven Tyler. Artists previously announced include Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, Nettles, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith, and Carrie Underwood.
For the third year, audience members are being encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping to help make the holidays brighter for Nashville area children. “Our toy drive adds something special to the celebration shining a spotlight on a worthy endeavor in a way that reflects the values and giving nature of our artists, the industry, and this city,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
The Nashville-based, non-profit group Generosity will have volunteers on site at the Bridgestone Arena plaza with specially marked bins to collect toys beginning at 5:00 p.m., CT on Nov. 7. In 2013, the group collected more than 5,000 toys.