Appearances Planned for CMA Country Christmas and Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family: Home for the Holidays”
Nationwide Christmas tour launches next week ahead of Ryman residency
Nashville, Tenn. (Nov. 4, 2016) – Six-time GRAMMY® Award winner Amy Grant’s newly released Tennessee Christmas earned the No. 3 spot on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart just behind top sellers Pentatonix and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The debut comes ahead of Grant’s appearance on the Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family: Home for the Holidays” airing on November 17, and a performance of the title track on the CMA’s Country Christmas airing on ABC November 28.
The multi-platinum singer/songwriter’s first all new holiday album in nearly 20 years, Tennessee Christmas captures the joy, laughter, anticipation and even melancholy the Christmas season brings in its 13 tracks. A perfect blend of familiar carols, hymns, raucous Santa songs and thoughtful new originals, there is something on this project for every listener. In addition to a new version of Grant’s classic “Tennessee Christmas,” the record begins with the fresh and uplifting anthem “To Be Together,” calling to mind the nostalgia of holidays spent in the company of family and friends. Grant also intentionally included songs on this record that accurately portray the feelings of sadness and grief that so often accompany the holidays for many of us. With offerings like “December,” “Another Merry Christmas” and “Melancholy Christmas,” her hope is that those who are struggling will find a sense of peace by realizing that they are not alone. “Melancholy Christmas,” which Grant co-wrote with Marshall Altman, has already stirred up social responses from fans finding solace in the relatable and vulnerable lyrics.
Early critics are hailing Tennessee Christmas “amongst her finest work” (CCM), “definitely a strong contender for ‘Best Christmas Album for 2016′” (Hallels) and a “set (that) will no doubt add to that impressive résumé!’” (SoundsLikeNashville). Grant will be featured as a special guest co-host on KeepTheFaith’s Christmas Marathon for the third consecutive year alongside Chris Tomlin and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, airing on hundreds of Christian radio stations from coast-to-coast between December 23-December 26.
Kicking off next week at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre, Grant and Michael W. Smith, joined by Republic recording artist Jordan Smith (winner of NBC’s “The Voice), will present their Christmas favorites with a full symphony orchestra in twenty major markets including Dallas, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Baltimore. Grant will also be teaming up with husband Vince Gill for “Christmas At The Ryman,” as they continue their wildly successful residency at the iconic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
Tennessee Christmas is a part of Cracker Barrel’s Spotlight Music Program. A deluxe version is available exclusively at Target. For the latest information on Grant’s album and tour, visit www.AmyGrant.com.
About Amy Grant: Amy Grant’s career spans more than 30 years and stretches from her roots in gospel into becoming an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist. With three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums and four gold albums, her total career album sales have exceeded 30 million. Grant’s chart success has been consistent throughout her career with six No. 1 hits, 10 Top 40 pop singles, 17 Top 40 Adult Contemporary tracks and multiple Contemporary Christian chart-toppers. In addition to her six GRAMMY® Awards, Grant has earned 26 Dove Awards (including four Artist of the Year Awards) and has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Conventional wisdom has it that Grant put Contemporary Christian Music on the map becoming the first Contemporary Christian artist to have a platinum record, the first to hit No. 1 on the Pop charts and the first to perform at the GRAMMY® Awards. With that, her legacy as one of the most influential artists of the past four decades is assured. In April, Grant celebrated the 25th anniversary of her iconic hit “Baby Baby” with a worldwide release of the song featuring pop sensation Tori Kelly. Tennessee Christmas will mark Grant’s first all-new holiday album in nearly 20 years.