Jordan Smith, Voices of Lee on ‘CMA Country Christmas’
Lee University’s musical ties run deep on the 2016 edition of “CMA Country Christmas.”
The holiday special, airing at 8 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 28, on ABC, features the elite a cappella group Voices of Lee and two alumni who’ve sold a few million records: “The Voice” winner Jordan Smith and Jay DeMarcus of country trio Rascal Flatts.
The two- hour show was taped earlier this month at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Voices of Lee was recorded singing backup for Rascal Flatts on two songs: “Joy to the World” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”
Si ngled out as t he night’s “standout performances” by TasteofCountry.com were “a stunning version of ‘ O Come All Ye Faithful’” by Sarah McLachlan, “a chill- inducing a cappella perfor- mance of ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ from Rascal Flatts and ‘ The Voice’ winner Jordan Smith, who blew the audience away with an incredible take on the Grinch classic ‘You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.’”
Jennifer Nettles hosts the show, which features stars Brett Eldredge, Kelly Clarkson, Kelsea Ballerini, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Young and Brad Paisley.
“What a great experience! We really enjoyed being a part of this Christmas special,” said Danny Murray, director of Voices of Lee and a close friend of DeMarcus’.
Voices of Lee was originally invited to perform background vocals for an a cappella song on Rascal Flatts’ new Christmas album, but the quality of their performance led to an invitation to sing with the trio during the recording of the Christmas special, according to Lee officials. •••
Jordan Smith will sing “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” from his new album, “’Tis the Season,” on “CMA Country Christmas.” He also will perform Nov. 30 on NBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center.”