NBC has just announced the Blake Shelton of “The Voice” will host his first Christmas special, “Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas,” a star-studded event airing on Monday, December 3 (10-11 p.m. ET). The CMA Awards Entertainer of the Year and reigning ACM and CMA Male Vocalist of the year is joined by Grammy Award-winning guest stars Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert and Reba on songs including “Let It Snow,” “There’s a New Kid in Town,” “Oklahoma Christmas” and “Home.”
The special will also feature a very special duet with Shelton’s mother, Dorothy Shackleford, with whom he co-wrote the song “Time for Me to Come Home,” as well as a number of comedy bits featuring special guests Christina Aguilera (NBC’s “The Voice”), Larry the Cable Guy and Jay Leno (host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”).
“I love Christmas music,” said Shelton. “I listen to it year-round. I had always wanted to do a Christmas album so getting to do ‘Cheers, It’s Christmas’ was exciting for me, and then to have NBC let me do a special around the CD, well, I still can’t believe it. I am so proud of the performances on the show, the skits are hilarious and the icing on the cake was having the opportunity to perform with my mom, a song we co-wrote together. Christmas has always been about family to me so having my mom and Miranda there — that made it Christmas.”
Shelton is one of the “most versatile of contemporary country singers” according to The New York Times. CMA Entertainer of the Year, reigning ACM and CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, and with seven consecutive #1 singles — four of which are off his 2012 Grammy-nominated album, “Red River Blue” – Shelton is the voice of country music. “Red River Blue” debuted at #1 on Soundscan’s Top Current Albums chart and Soundscan Top Country Albums chart, with the Associated Press calling the album “the best album of his career.”
Shelton’s infectious multi-week #1 hit “Honey Bee” holds the record for the fastest-selling digital platinum single for a male country solo artist. The single held the #1 spot on the Billboard Country chart for four weeks in a row with over 40 million in audience. No country artist has held this record in almost seven years. Shelton now has eleven #1 hits and has not had a single peak outside the Top Ten since 2007. What country fans have long known, the rest of the world learned with “The Voice,” the NBC blockbuster from which Blake has emerged as “the breakout star,” according to The New York Times.
Read all about the guests on Blake’s Christmas special on page 2!!