For his first holiday special, Scotty McCreery invited friends Gloriana, Jana Kramer and Brett Eldredge to join in on the fun. Christmas with Scotty McCreery & Friends premieres on GAC Saturday, December 1 at 11p|10c. In addition to featuring traditional Christmas music and holiday memories, Scotty and friends give back through two nonprofits close to Scotty’s heart.
“Growing up, Christmas was a special time of year for my family, probably our favorite time,” Scotty said. “It’s nice that we all get together as a family and spend time together.”
Scotty will perform “Christmas In Heaven,” an original song from his new holiday album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, as well as “Let it Snow” and “Santa Claus Is Back In Town.” Gloriana will perform “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night” while Jana performs “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland.” Brett will add his own renditions of “Mary Did You Know” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”
“For me personally, ‘Oh Holy Night’ is a song I used to sing in church when I was younger,” Gloriana’s Rachel Reinert said. “This song brings in the spirituality of Christmas and I think that’s why we all connect with it.”
Besides performing, the artists wrapped gifts for hand-selected angels from the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program and encouraged audience members to pick an angel from the tree set up in the studio. “I have so many holiday memories that bring a smile to my face but for these kids they might not get the gifts I took for granted growing up,” Scotty said.
Jana struggled to narrow down her favorite holiday tunes for the special, but is thrilled with her picks. “I’m so happy to be singing ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.’” she said. “It’s so vulnerable and special.”
For Brett, it’s “Mary Did You Know” that means it’s Christmastime. “There’s no mistaking it when I hear the first few notes of the guitar in that song, it immediately puts me in the Christmas spirit!” he said.
Scotty also works closely with Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child. During the special, he’ll share footage from a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, where he saw the organization’s work firsthand as he handed out specially-packed Christmas boxes saying “I’m just glad that I can be on the other end of it now.”