Emmylou Harris, Wynonna, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis and more will perform in “A Nashville Christmas,” an hour-long television special on getTV. The show will air on Thursday, December 7 at 8pm ET/7pm CT as part of getTV’s “Most Wonderful Month of the Year” celebration.
Emmylou Harris is a prominent member of the Nashville community, lending her talents to many fundraisers and leads a local dog rescue organization, Bonaparte’s Retreat. She hopes that the spirit of her Nashville community shines through in this television special.
“There’s such a sense of community of all the artists in this city. I found it from the very beginning when I started hanging around with musicians, before I even became a professional musician. There’s a real sense of comradery and generosity. It’s not a competition; it’s more of a community. Even as big as it’s gotten, there’s that Nashville that feels like a small town and I think that’s the artistic community. I think it comes through on this show.”
One of Emmylou’s most memorable recordings is the Christmas album “Light of the Stable,” which was released in 1979. One of the songs on that album was “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” which Wynonna wanted to perform with Emmylou as part of this show. Even though the two singers have very different vocal styles, Emmylou knew it would be a success.
“I have this stubborn belief that any two voices can blend, if you just believe”, she laughed. “I love Wynonna, so I was happy to just be up there as part of the band and add some vocal duet lines with her because she does an amazing version of it.”
Emmylou also performed the Dolly Parton classic “Coat of Many Colors” during the show, bringing new meaning to the song.
“I never thought of it as a Christmas song, but it’s about the spirit of Christmas – about what’s important, about priorities, about family.”
Other memorable performances during the show are Lorrie Morgan’s rendition of “The Christmas Song,” Wynonna’s version of “O Holy Night,” and Pam Tillis singing “Santa Claus Baby.”
How much of our ambition is for the glory of Jesus Christ, and how much is for our own glory !
And yes preachers and singers need to ask ourselves prayerfully that question at least as much as others should
Are we content to fade into obscurity if that best honor Jesus Christ. Here is the observation of John the Baptist on that issue, “He must increase, I must decrease.” These were unselfish spoken sincerely. Yet when John was thrown into prison (and later murdered) , he was so discouraged that he sent his disciples to ask Jesus if he really was the Messiah or should they look for another!
Did Jesus use this opportunity to criticize John? No. He reminded John of the miracles he had done, and said the person who is not offended in him is blessed. Do we sincerely want to be blessed by God? Then we must seek glory for our selves. Does that mean we should not look for a spouse, a job, health, or better ways to serve God?
This is where the holy spirit should be invited into the situation, Because the Bible is not specific about any of these matters for me or you.
How much we should increase and how much we should push for our gifts and abilities to be valued should be on ongoing matter of prayer. Frankly , I try to “pray through” about such matters of great importance. This means to pray until we have the peace (or lack of peace). of God regarding a particular person or circumstance , and how and where we should proceed.
David in the Old Testament and Paul in the New Testament got that kind of guidance time after time. So have I and many Christians regarding a wife or about taking a particular pastorate or not, etc.
How good it is to get other sincere and Godly people to pray with us about matters that are very important to us, when possible. Then God will either give us the grace/favor from Him to endure the situation, or he will lead us into a more pleasant one. In my own life, as with John the Baptist and probably all followers of Jesus , I am sure that very difficult circumstantiates have caused me to draw closer to him and more dependent on him.
The Russian writer Solvents said he blessed his prison walls, for there he became a Christian. As we draw neat to Jesus for the first time or more deeply , our ambition will be that, our ambition will be that he may increase, whether we increase or not in the sight of others!