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Eric Church to Perform at the White House for Holiday TV Special

by Amy Myers
(Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)

Country fans, mark your calendars. The White House is hosting a holiday music special, and Eric Church is one of the many headliners.

This year, PBS is starting a new holiday tradition with the premiere of In Performance at the White House: Spirit of the Season. From Camila Cabello to Nora Jones, a wide variety of genres and artists will be performing during the celebration. But most importantly, Eric Church will be there with his acoustic guitar and slow and low southern accent.

Can’t you just hear him singing “Holly Jolly Christmas” already?

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Other notable performances include the Northwell Health Nurse Choir, Voices of Service and the United States Marine Band. Meanwhile, the First Family will also demonstrate their “Gifts from the Heart”-themed holiday installations. The Northwell Health Nurse Choir is a group of frontline nurses that came together in 2020. Their mission is to lift spirits and represent the frontline workers and the nursing profession.

Meanwhile, Voices of Service, a singing quartet, is a part of the nonprofit Center for American Military Music Opportunities (CAMMO), which spreads awareness about the visible and invisible wounds of service members. Voices of Service includes retired Master Sgt. Caleb Green, retired Staff Sgt. Ron Henry, Sgt. Maj. Christal Rheams and Sgt. 1st Class Jason Hanna.

The hour-long broadcast will take place on December 21 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS. On a later date, the American Forces Broadcast will also show the program to service members at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.

Producers Hope Holiday Special Featuring Eric Church Will Spread Cheer

Likely, Eric Church will sing plenty of Christmas and holiday hits with a twangy twist, but he could also be performing some of his most popular, All-American hits. After all, according to the program producers, the intent of the new event is to spread holiday cheer and demonstrate the resilience of Americans.

Several program executives voiced their hopes for the inaugural special, including Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and chief executive officer of WETA, the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital.

“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,” Rockefeller shared.  “We look forward to sharing more special performances recorded at the White House to capture the essence of our nation at its best.”

Likewise, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Pat Harrison, commented on the importance of unity and gratitude in light of the pandemic.

“Although we are still dealing with the pandemic, it is important to take this time to count our blessings through music and song and come together as a nation during this season of celebration and remembrance,” Harrison said.