Eric Church to perform at the White House for PBS Christmas Special Sounds Like Nashville

Eric Church will be performing The Gather Again tour in the nation’s capital this weekend (December 11-12), and while he is there, he will make a stop at the White House. But it will not be a tourist trip.

Instead, Church is on a PBS special called In Performance at the White House: Spirit of the Season, where he will help the country celebrate Christmas with music.

Scheduled to feature a long list of artists who will perform in some of the White House’s most famous venues, the holiday TV special is intended to showcase America’s diverse cultural tapestry … and how the holidays help to assemble it. The church will be joined by Andrea Bocelli, Matteo Bocelli, Virginia Bocelli, Camila Cabello, Jonas Brothers, Norah Jones, Pentatonix, Billy Porter, Northwell Health Nurse Choir, Voices of Service and the United States Marine Band, and the show will be hosted by actress Jennifer Garner.

The hour-long program premieres Tuesday, December 21 at 8 p.m. ET (then later on the U.S. Forces Network for the Military Abroad), as the stars perform in historic venues around the House. White – including the East Room, State Dining Room, and Blue Room, the home of the official White House Christmas tree.

According to a press release, the In Performance at the White House The series has been around since 1978 when the Carter administration launched it, and since then the country’s most famous house has hosted everyone from Justin Timberlake and BB King to Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss and more. Organizers now say the time has come to relaunch the series for the holidays, in hopes of helping citizens remember what we can be grateful for as the nation continues to fight the pandemic. And for Church, the honor will go beyond politics.

In 2020, when the country star won the CMA Artist of the Year award, he called on his fellow musicians to assume their role of patriotic unifiers, saying, “You know what victory is? The win is we were all here tonight together as country music in person, live, not zoomed in. It will be the music that gets us out of there. It’s the only thing that will save the whole world. Politicians are about division, music is about unity. And I promise you, everyone in this room will have to unite.

Jerry B. Hatch