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Delivering a bright, polished sound that owes as much to contemporary pop as anything in the classic country handbook, Dan + Shay is the country singing and songwriting duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney. Both began playing music as teenagers, with Smyers (born and raised in Wexford, Pennsylvania) discovering songwriting at the age of 14, then learning the guitar at the age of 16, and Mooney (born and raised in Natural Dam, Arkansas) writing and playing music from the age of 12. The pair met in Nashville in December of 2012 and immediately began writing songs and performing together. Developing a bright and contemporary country-pop sound, the duo was signed to Warner Bros. Nashville, which released an infectious debut single, “19 You + Me,” a song the duo wrote with Danny Orton, in the summer of 2013. “19 You + Me” peaked at seven on Billboard’s country chart. In the spring of 2014, Dan + Shay dropped their debut album, Where It All Began, which included “19 You + Me.” “Show You Off” went to 29 in 2014 and, after the seasonal single “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” it was followed by “Nothin’ Like You,” a single that peaked at five on the country chart. It set the stage for Dan + Shay’s next album, Obsessed. Released in June of 2016, it was preceded by the single “From the Ground Up,” which reached nine on the Billboard country chart earlier that year. Two other singles — “How Not To” and “Already Ready,” both reaching the mid-20s on Billboard — followed in 2016. Early in 2017, Dan + Shay released “When I Pray for You,” a song recorded for the faith-based film The Shack. ~ Steve Leggett”>Delivering a bright, polished sound that owes as much to contemporary pop as anything in the classic country handbook, Dan + Shay is the country singing and songwriting duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney. Both began playing music as teenagers, with Smyers (born and raised in Wexford, Pennsylvania) discovering songwriting at the age of 14, then learning the guitar at the age of 16, and Mooney (born and raised in Natural Dam, Arkansas) writing and playing music from the age of 12. The pair met in Nashville in December of 2012 and immediately began writing songs and performing together… READ MORE
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Singing country music with a soulful edge and more than a dash of pop polish, Brett Eldredge was born in Paris, Illinois on March 23, 1986, and grew up listening to singers Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, and Bobby Darin. After hearing Brooks & Dunn at the age of 16, he became fascinated by country music, a fascination that stayed with him when he began attending Elmhurst College in Chicago…READ MORE
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AMY GRANT

Although Amy Grant cannot claim to have invented the contemporary Christian music (CCM) style of gospel music, she did the most to popularize it in the 1970s and 1980s before successfully crossing over to pop music in the ’80s and early ’90s. When Grant came along as a teenager in the mid-’70s, “inspirational” (i.e., white) gospel music was a tiny subgenre, its records sold almost exclusively in Christian bookstores and almost exclusively in small numbers. … READ MORE
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Delivering a bright, polished sound that owes as much to contemporary pop as anything in the classic country handbook, Dan + Shay is the country singing and songwriting duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney. Both began playing music as teenagers, with Smyers (born and raised in Wexford, Pennsylvania) discovering songwriting at the age of 14, then learning the guitar at the age of 16, and Mooney (born and raised in Natural Dam, Arkansas) writing and playing music from the age of 12. The pair met in Nashville in December of 2012 and immediately began writing songs and performing together. Developing a bright and contemporary country-pop sound, the duo was signed to Warner Bros. Nashville, which released an infectious debut single, “19 You + Me,” a song the duo wrote with Danny Orton, in the summer of 2013. “19 You + Me” peaked at seven on Billboard’s country chart. In the spring of 2014, Dan + Shay dropped their debut album, Where It All Began, which included “19 You + Me.” “Show You Off” went to 29 in 2014 and, after the seasonal single “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” it was followed by “Nothin’ Like You,” a single that peaked at five on the country chart. It set the stage for Dan + Shay’s next album, Obsessed. Released in June of 2016, it was preceded by the single “From the Ground Up,” which reached nine on the Billboard country chart earlier that year. Two other singles — “How Not To” and “Already Ready,” both reaching the mid-20s on Billboard — followed in 2016. Early in 2017, Dan + Shay released “When I Pray for You,” a song recorded for the faith-based film The Shack. ~ Steve Leggett”>Delivering a bright, polished sound that owes as much to contemporary pop as anything in the classic country handbook, Dan + Shay is the country singing and songwriting duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney. Both began playing music as teenagers, with Smyers (born and raised in Wexford, Pennsylvania) discovering songwriting at the age of 14, then learning the guitar at the age of 16, and Mooney (born and raised in Natural Dam, Arkansas) writing and playing music from the age of 12. The pair met in Nashville in December of 2012 and immediately began writing songs and performing together… READ MORE
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Singing country music with a soulful edge and more than a dash of pop polish, Brett Eldredge was born in Paris, Illinois on March 23, 1986, and grew up listening to singers Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, and Bobby Darin. After hearing Brooks & Dunn at the age of 16, he became fascinated by country music, a fascination that stayed with him when he began attending Elmhurst College in Chicago…READ MORE
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AMY GRANT

Although Amy Grant cannot claim to have invented the contemporary Christian music (CCM) style of gospel music, she did the most to popularize it in the 1970s and 1980s before successfully crossing over to pop music in the ’80s and early ’90s. When Grant came along as a teenager in the mid-’70s, “inspirational” (i.e., white) gospel music was a tiny subgenre, its records sold almost exclusively in Christian bookstores and almost exclusively in small numbers. … READ MORE
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Since releasing his PLATINUM debut single, “Cowboys and Angels,” Dustin Lynch has earned five consecutive #1s, three Top 5 albums, PLATINUM-level certifications and toured with the biggest names in Country music (Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Brad Paisley). His latest album CURRENT MOOD (Broken Bow Records) features the GOLD-certified, #1 hits “Seein’ Red” and “Small Town Boy,” and brand new single “I’d Be Jealous Too.”
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With over 56 million albums sold and 35 No. 1 singles, Reba McEntire has become a household name with an illustrious career that spans across music, television, film, theater and retail. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has been honored with numerous accolades including CMA and Grammy Awards. The superstar’s current release, MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS, is her third holiday album and features duets with Vince Gill & Amy Grant, Darius Rucker and contemporary Christian artist Lauren Daigle.
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Since releasing his PLATINUM debut single, “Cowboys and Angels,” Dustin Lynch has earned five consecutive #1s, three Top 5 albums, PLATINUM-level certifications and toured with the biggest names in Country music (Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Brad Paisley). His latest album CURRENT MOOD (Broken Bow Records) features the GOLD-certified, #1 hits “Seein’ Red” and “Small Town Boy,” and brand new single “I’d Be Jealous Too.”
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With over 56 million albums sold and 35 No. 1 singles, Reba McEntire has become a household name with an illustrious career that spans across music, television, film, theater and retail. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has been honored with numerous accolades including CMA and Grammy Awards. The superstar’s current release, MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS, is her third holiday album and features duets with Vince Gill & Amy Grant, Darius Rucker and contemporary Christian artist Lauren Daigle.
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BRAD PAISLEY

Arguably the preeminent male country artist to emerge in the 2000s, Brad Paisley cannily blended the past with the present, paying constant tribute to his forefathers — when he reached the top of the charts, he still found space for Little Jimmy Dickens and George Jones in his videos — but pushing the music forward into the new millennium, expanding its sonic and thematic possibilities…. READ MORE
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BRAD PAISLEY

Arguably the preeminent male country artist to emerge in the 2000s, Brad Paisley cannily blended the past with the present, paying constant tribute to his forefathers — when he reached the top of the charts, he still found space for Little Jimmy Dickens and George Jones in his videos — but pushing the music forward into the new millennium, expanding its sonic and thematic possibilities…. READ MORE
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Make Holiday Memories With Your Favorite Country Stars!

Enjoy the magic of the holidays with your favorite Country stars, as they perform classic Christmas songs and share their treasured holiday memories. It’s a night of celebration guaranteed to get you in the spirit! “CMA Country Christmas” comes to ABC each Christmas season.

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