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Martina McBride will host The 13th Annual A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, Wednesday, Dec. 21 (7:00-8:00 PM) on the CBS Television Network. The show encourages adoption and will include some moving performances by country superstar entertainer McBride and pop superstar Justin Bieber.
Martina McBride says her family had a different kind of Christmas morning tradition growing up here in Kansas. She says when she and her brother and sister, Steve and Gina, would get up on Christmas morning Santa would have covered all of their gifts with a blanket. "A white blanket. So when we’d come down on Christmas morning or come in on Christmas morning, we couldn’t just see it immediately. And so we had to wait for my dad to do the big reveal of all the presents that Santa brought.” Martina says she and her own family have their own traditions and Santa doesn't cover her daughters' presents with a white blanket. Martina has three daughters, Delaney, who will be 17 on December 22nd, Emma who is 13 and 6-year-old Ava.
The Eli Young Band will end a monumental year with several accolades thanks to their breakout hit, “Crazy Girl.” Billboard has announced their record-breaker as the #1 Country Song of the Year, based on 2011 audi-ence impressions. Just last month, “Crazy Girl” topped both Country Radio Charts and the digital sin-gle certified platinum for sales in excess of 1 million after selling over 30,000 copies a week, every week, for months on end.
Miranda Lambert says she never worried about being on Santa's naughty list growing up, "I definitely was…growin’ up was a very good kid. I pushed the limit, but I never really got too far out there. I wasn’t one of those ‘rules are meant to be broken’ kind of…I was not a rebel at all; I didn’t party at all in high school. I was a very good Christian girl, yeah." What about today? Miranda is still a good girl. She may have a tough girl image on stage, but Miranda says she is very domestic during the holidays. She enjoys cooking. baking and decorating.
Darius Rucker is ready to get started on his third country album and he plans to make it his best yet. Darius isn't knocking his debut, 'Learn to Live,' which earned him the CMA Best New Artist award. And, he isn't saying his chart-topping sophomore album, 'Charleston, S.C. 1966,' is chopped liver. He's just hoping his third country effort will be the one that seals the country deal. "With this record, I want country music to say, 'Hey, he can stay,'" Darius tells Taste of Country. "The first record was, 'Welcome!' The next record was' 'OK, that's great.' But I want them to now say, 'OK, he can stay.'"
Keith Urban's annual Keith Calendar to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® is ready. The calendar features photos taken by fans at Keith Urban concerts, which are then submitted for the calendar through the fan website. Since 2003, this limited edition, one-of-a-kind Keith Urban calendar has raised more than $700,000 for the hospital. The new calendar costs $15 and is available now at www.keithurbanfans.com and www.keithurban.net
Singer Brad Paisley has recorded a song written by a dying friend. "Hard Life" was written by his pal Joe Kindregan, a 23 year old battling a rare disease that combines symptoms of cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and cancer. The pair became friends in 2005 after meeting at a fundraising event. Proceeds from the single, which is currently available at digital outlets, will benefit the non-profit A-T Children's Project. Paisley tells Cmt.com, "I've known Joe for several years, and he is one of my favourite people. His disease is physically debilitating, but obviously creatively and mentally, Joe has such tremendous depth. It's an honour for me to be the person to give voice to his creativity and cause."
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