Notable Alumni, Students Offer Nationally Broadcast Christmas Performances

Trisha Yearwood Performing at CMA Country Christmas
Trisha Yearwood performs “It Wasn’t His Child” at the 2019 “CMA Country Christmas” special filmed at Belmont’s Curb Center. “CMA Country Christmas” aired on Tuesday, December 3 on ABC.

The month of December is full of opportunities to catch Belmont University on national television.

On December 3, country superstar Brad Paisley, a Belmont alumnus and co-founder of the new nonprofit free grocery store The Store, hosted his first variety special on ABC. Aptly named, “Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special,” the show featured many special guests, including Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Hootie and the Blowfish, Tim McGraw, The Jonas Brothers, NFL player Peyton Manning and “Bachelor” Host Chris Harrison.

Immediately following, the “CMA Country Christmas” aired on ABC, which was filmed earlier this fall on Belmont’s campus and featured another Belmont alumna, Trisha Yearwood, as host. Joining Yearwood for “CMA Country Christmas” were Kristin Chenoweth, for KING & COUNTRY, Chris Janson, Tori Kelly, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Runaway June, CeCe Winans, Brett Young and Chris Young.

Later this month, be sure to catch the nearly 800 Belmont student musicians alongside guest artists Michael W. Smith and CeCe Winans for the annual “Christmas at Belmont” holiday production. This concert of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites will air nation-wide on PBS on Monday, December 23 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Nashville Public Television will also air the holiday spectacular on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. CT. along with other stations around the country. Check local listings for times.

Christmas at Belmont airs nation-wide on PBS on Monday, December 23 at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. CT