The man has been a household name in country music for the past 15 years, doing it his own way, and always marching to the beat of his own drum. He’s finally secured his first CMA Entertainer of the Year award in 2020, and is showing zero signs of slowing down anytime soon.
And now, he’s capping off the year at the White House for the PBS Christmas special, In Performance at the White House: Spirit of the Season.
The hour long special, produced by WETA Washington D.C., will be recorded over a span of four days between December 11-14, with the official premiere on Tuesday, December 21 at 8 PM ET.
Hosted by actress Jennifer Garner, the special will also feature performances by Andrea, Matteo, and Virginia Bocelli, Camila Cabello, Jonas Brothers, Norah Jones, Pentatonix, Billy Porter, Northwell Health Nurse Choir, Voices of Service and the United States Marine Band.
Paula A. Kreger, PBS president and CEO, weighed in on her excitement for the upcoming show:
“We are thrilled to celebrate the holiday season with this special musical performance at the White House. As an important part of our mission, PBS and our member stations will continue to share the very best of theater, music and dance with audiences across the country.’’
Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and chief executive officer of WETA, added:
“WETA is pleased to partner with the White House to welcome viewers into the nation’s most prominent home to focus on the importance of family, community and America during the holidays.
We look forward to sharing more special performances recorded at the White House to capture the essence of our nation at its best.”
My only question… can Eric sneak Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” in there as a Christmas song?
It’s kind of like Die Hard where it’s not really a Christmas song at all (and Cohen is Jewish), but you know, there’s some Christmas-y words in there like “Hallelujah,” “God,” “faith,” etc… and believe it or not, a lot of people think “Hallelujah” is a Christmas song.
Unpopular opinion: While Hallelujah is a beautiful song, it is not a Christmas song.