Luken Communications, LLC and The Heartland Network, LLC have announced the network’s first original Christmas special. Christmas Songs and Stories, starring GRAMMY Award-winning country star John Berry, will air nationally on Heartland this Christmas Eve (Sunday, December 24) at 7:00 PM ET/6:00 PM CT and 8:00 PM MT/7:00 PM PT. The special caps the network’s annual “Twelve Days of Christmas” lineup of classic and contemporary holiday specials and Christmas episodes.
Currently celebrating the 21st year of his popular Christmas tour, Berry 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.
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.
“I’m so excited to be partnering with Heartland to present our Christmas concert as a network television special,” says Berry. “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 GRAMMY Award-winning country star John Berry has placed 20 singles on the country hit parade charts, six of which went Top 5 as well as a #1 on the Billboard and Radio & Records country charts. He has earned numerous Gold and Platinum records. Berry’s co-written “A Mind Of Her Own” and “Kiss Me In The Car” introduced him to radio audiences in 1993. Then, “Your Love Amazes Me,” “What’s In It For Me” and “You And Only You” thrust him to stardom in 1994. “Standing On The Edge Of Goodbye,” “I Think About It All The Time,” and “If I Had Any Pride Left At All” were all major hits the following year. “Your Love Amazes Me” earned Berry a 1995 GRAMMY nomination. In 1996, he scored a GRAMMY win for his participation in Amazing Grace: A Country Salute to Gospel Vol. 1. Berry took “Change My Mind” into the country music Top 5 in that same year. “She’s Taken A Shine” became an even bigger hit in 1997. The same year, he was nominated for CMA Vocal Event of the Year for “Long Haired Country Boy” with Charlie Daniels and Hal Ketchum. Both fans and the media took note when “There He Goes” was released as a 1999 duet with Patsy Cline. Berry’s two most recent albums, What I Love The Most and his holiday album, Christmas, are both available now at johnberry.com as well as iTunes and other digital retailers.
Berry’s new TV show, Songs & Stories with John Berry, airs weekly on Heartland, The Family Channel, The Country Network, the Angel Two Network, AMG TV, Country TV (New Zealand), and Keep It Country TV (Europe). For more information, visit songsandstories.com.
About Luken Communications: Luken Communications offers diverse, family-friendly programming with its collection of networks delivered via a blend of over-the-air, cable and satellite television. The current network offerings include Retro TV, The Heartland Network, Rev’n, The Action Channel, The Family Channel and Frost Great Outdoors (FGO). Luken Communications’ flagship Retro TV was one of the first digital broadcast networks launched in 2005.https://www.countryschatter.com/2017/12/heartland-to-air-songs-and-stories-with-john-berry-christmas-special/Press ReleaseTV AppearanceA Mind of Her Own,CJM Productions,Heartland Network,Jeff Moseley,John Berry,Kiss Me in the Car,Luken Communications,Matt Winn,Songs and Stories with John Berry,What's in it For Me,You and Only You