Lauren Alaina has a special gift for fans this holiday season, one that will also benefit a cause important to her. She will release her rendition of the holiday classic, “Grown Up Christmas List,” to iTunes on December 10 in conjunction with the 26th anniversary of the Special Olympics’ A Very Special Christmas holiday music album series.
“Growing up, I was very close with a cousin who had an intellectual disability, and it upset me when people all around me treated him differently,” Lauren said. “I feel blessed that I’m able to be so involved with a cause dear to my heart. Not only am I able to record one of my all-time favorite holiday songs for a great cause, but year-round, I’m able to visit schools across the country and talk to kids about creating acceptance and respect for all kids – regardless of any disability.”
Lauren has been very involved with the Special Olympics organization since she started with her local hometown chapter at just 11 years old. She now serves as an Ambassador for the program and spent a week in PyeongChang, South Korea last year participating in the Special Olympics Winter Games.
The A Very Special Christmas album series, launched in 1987, has generated over $116 million in royalties in direct support of Special Olympics programs with the help of top recording artists. U2, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Madonna, Sting, Bon Jovi, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, No Doubt, Eric Clapton and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are among the stars that have contributed tracks over the years.
Lauren will perform “Grown Up Christmas List” and “Jingle Bells” during NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center which will air December 4 at 8/7c on NBC.