Christmas Songs and Stories starring John Berry will air on Christmas Eve.
Luken Communications, LLC and The Heartland Network, LLC have announced the network’s first original Christmas special. Christmas Songs and Stories, starring GRAMMY award winner John Berry, will air nationally on Heartland this Christmas Eve at 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT and 8:00 p.m. MT/7:00 p.m. PT. The special caps the network’s annual “Twelve Days of Christmas” lineup of classic and contemporary holiday specials and Christmas episodes.
Berry, currently celebrating the 21st year of his popular Christmas tour, recorded the special in front of a live audience in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the newly renovated Robert Kirk Walker Theatre. Christmas Songs and Stories also features other popular Chattanooga area locations including the Chattanooga Choo Choo and Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights. John Berry appears regularly on Heartland with his television series, Songs and Stories with John Berry. Both the series and the Christmas special were produced by Jeff Moseley and CJM Productions.
Berry said, “I’m so excited to be partnering with Heartland to present our Christmas concert as a network television special. What a wonderful way to bring my music of Christmas to a broader audience. I hope you and your family will tune in to enjoy Christmas Songs and Stories.”
Matt Winn, Executive Vice President of Luken Communications, said, “Celebrating a country Christmas is a favorite annual tradition at Heartland. As we mark five successful years of Heartland, we felt it would be the perfect time to add our own Christmas special to the incredible lineup of holiday programs in our library. We couldn’t think of a better gift for our viewers than John Berry sharing his stories and performing some of the most cherished and heartwarming Christmas songs.”
While this is Heartland’s first original Christmas special, it’s not their first leap into original production. Their new series, More Than the Music, will premiere on Tuesday, January 9.
Heartland, currently reaching more than 26 million TV homes, features programming comprised of syndicated and first run shows along with digitally restored content pulled from the vaults of Music Row, creating a country music and lifestyle experience that brings delight to lovers of every generation and genre. The program lineup includes WSM Radio’s Coffee, Country & Cody, Reflections with host Keith Bilbrey, Songs and Stories with John Berry, Positively Paula starring Paula Deen, Bluegrass Ridge, Country Standard Time, Music City Tonight, Texas Music Scene, Gaither Gospel Hour, Larry’s Country Diner, Country’s Family Reunion and several popular video blocks. The network also recently launched its own Roku® channel.
About John Berry:
John Berry has placed 20 singles on the country charts, six of which went Top 5 as well as one number one. An active recording artist since 1979, Berry has released more than twenty studio albums, including one platinum album and two gold albums. His hits include: A Mind of Her Own, Your Love Amazes Me, What’s In It for Me, You and Only You, Standing on the Edge of Goodbye, I Think About It All the Time and many more. His latest album, What I Love the Most, was released in June 2016. For more information, visit www.johnberry.com or www.songsandstories.com.