JohnBerryLuken CommunicationsLLC 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 (SundayDecember 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 WinnExecutive 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 BerryPositively Paula starring Paula Deen, Bluegrass RidgeCountry Standard TimeMusic City TonightTexas Music Scene,Gaither Gospel Hour, Larry’s Country DinerCountry’s Family Reunion and several popular video blocks. The network also recently launched its own Roku® channel.  

For more information about Heartland and the network’s current availability in your area, visitwww.watchheartlandtv.com or www.facebook.com/WatchHeartlandTV.

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