will be pulling triple duty during "CMA Country Christmas," airing Thursday, Dec. 1
(9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Gill will perform the upbeat Christmas classic "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" and later join Miss Piggy in a special duet of "Baby, It's Cold Outside." Gill also contributes background vocals to his wife Amy Grant for "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)."
Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles hosts the two-hour holiday extravaganza with performances from "American Idol" runner up Lauren Alaina, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Brian Setzer with special guest Brad Paisley, Sugarland, and Keith Urban.
"CMA Country Christmas" is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer, Paul Miller is the director, and David Wild is the writer. . The special was shot in high definition and will be broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.