by Olivia Kelley
The Trevecca Gospel Choir has been asked to sing at the CMA Country Christmas Show for the second year in a row.
Twelve members of the TNU Gospel choir will be recording with country artists LeAnn Rimes and Jennifer Nettles for the annual Country Christmas show on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.
A CMA representative reached out last year to request the gospel choir sing with famous country star Carrie Underwood at the CMA’s. They performed Underwood’s song “Something in the water” live with her at the awards. They also performed “Go tell it on the mountain” with country artist Sara Evans at the Country Christmas show.
“Historically, they’ve used Belmont and Lipscomb. They thought it would be a good idea to reach out to a different school so they called us last year,” said Marvin Jones, the gospel choir director. “A couple weeks ago, (she) called me and asked if we would come back again this year and I said, ‘Let me think, yes.’”
A slightly different group of students will be going this year than previously. There will be quite a few fresh faces, with only a couple of repeats from last year.
This is great publicity for Trevecca and even helped a couple of students get internships and make connections last year, said Jones.
“I think one of the reasons they asked us back is because when we were in the green room, the stylists made the statement that our group was the most well behaved and cordial and friendly group they had ever worked with and they hoped we could do it again,” said Jones.
The country Christmas show will be recorded in front of a live audience on Saturday, November 7th. An air date and host has yet to be announced for the show.