HBO Max Lands Carrie Underwood Christmas Special

HBO Max Sept. 24 announced today a holiday special starring seven-time Grammy Award winner, five-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and the 2020 ACM Entertainer of the Year, Carrie Underwood, performing songs from her first ever full-length Christmas album, My Gift, which is available on CD and digital Sept. 25. The streamer will premiere the event this holiday season.

Underwood will appear with a live orchestra and choir, performing a combination of beloved traditional favorites celebrating her faith and the spiritual nature of the holiday, as well as new original material from the highly anticipated album which will also be released on vinyl Oct. 30.

“Carrie Underwood is a multi-faceted talent and we are thrilled to be partnering with her and our friends at Playtone to bring a dose of holiday cheer,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, said in a statement.

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The Max Original special will be executive produced by Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks for Playtone, along with Underwood and her manager, Ann Edelblute. The holiday event is set to shoot this fall.

Underwood emerged to national prominence following her 2005 “American Idol” win.  All seven of her albums, including her greatest hits album, have been certified platinum or multi-platinum, and she has sold more than 64 million records worldwide. She has also recorded 27 No. 1 singles, 14 of which she co-wrote, and continues to sell out arena tours across North America and the U.K. — before the pandemic.

Underwood starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour 2013 holiday special, the Emmy-winning The Sound of Music Live!, which attracted 44 million viewers. She returns this Fall for her eighth season as the voice of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” This past November, she hosted the CMA Awards for the 12th consecutive year. Apple Music recently announced Underwood’s own monthly radio show, which she hosts and produces and premiered on the newly launched Apple Music Country.

Time Life Issues First Blu-ray Disc Collection of Country Music Association Awards Highlights

Time Life has set a March 3 release date for CMA Awards Live Greatest Moments: 2008-2015, the first Blu-ray Disc installment in Time Life’s top-selling CMA Awards Live home entertainment line.

The collection will be available at a suggested retail price of $16.99, and features over two hours of country classics and collaborations from chart-topping acts.

This release will take audiences behind the scenes, thanks to interviews with artists and an interview with Robert Deaton, executive producer of the CMA Awards.

Featured performers include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and more.

The Blu-ray Disc collection features several memorable collaborations, including “Coal Miner’s Daughter” by Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, and Loretta Lynn; “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” by Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire; “Tennessee Whiskey/Drink You Away” by Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake; and “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by Alan Jackson and George Strait.