Country music entertainer Reba McEntire is set to debut as host for the eighth annual ‘CMA Country Christmas’ event from Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry House on Monday, November 27th at 8/7C via the ABC Television Network. The Oklahoman replaces Jennifer Nettles, who hosted the program from 2010 through 2016. The two-hour holiday music celebration will feature performances by McEntire herself along with country music standouts…
“Christmas is such a special time. It reminds me of growing up in Oklahoma and singing carols with my family,” shared McEntire in a statement. “I’m just tickled to join a group of some of my best country buddies onstage to celebrate the holiday season. This is where my love of music began.”
“Reba epitomizes Country and the cheer of the holiday season,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. “She’s also the most nominated female in CMA Awards history, so the fit couldn’t be more perfect.”
What can fans expect from this year’s festive event? Less formality for sure.
Reba told PEOPLE that she wants to set the tone for the occasion “not to be such a formal event, but just a friendly ‘sit down, let’s sing, let’s talk a little bit, and then sing another song’ – and with lots of heartfelt emotion.”
Watch Reba make the original announcement in the video below!
Speaking of Reba and Christmas, the star’s repackaged My Kind of Christmas album dropped in October and includes collaborations with top-notch performers Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Lauren Daigle, Darius Rucker, Kelly Clarkson, and Trisha Yearwood.
My Kind of Christmas Track List:
1. “Winter Wonderland”
2. “The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
3. “Mary, Did You Know?” (with Vince Gill and Amy Grant)
4. “Jingle Bell Rock”
5. “O Holy Night”
6. “Hard Candy Christmas”
7. “Back To God” (with Lauren Daigle) (Acoustic Version)
8. “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
9. “O Come All Ye Faithful”
10. “O Little Town Of Bethlehem” (with Darius Rucker)
11. “White Christmas”
12. “Jingle Bells”
13. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
14. “Silent Night” (with Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood)
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