The John Berry concert that was filmed in the Walker Theatre inside Memorial Auditorium on Dec. 15 will be shown at 7 p.m. today on The Heartland Network.
It is the first original Christmas special for locally owned Luken Communications LLC and The Heartland Network, and caps the network’s annual “Twelve Days of Christmas” lineup of classic and contemporary holiday specials and Christmas episodes.
Berry is in the 21st year of his popular Christmas tour and this was his first performance in Chattanooga. He makes regular appearances on The Heartland Network via his “Songs and Stories with John Berry.”
Tonight’s special show was recorded in front of an audience in the newly renovated Robert Kirk Walker Theatre. “Christmas Songs and Stories” also features other popular locations, including the Chattanooga Choo Choo and Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights.
The series and 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,” Berry said in a news release.
“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.'”
Heartland reaches more than 26 million TV homes and features programming comprising syndicated and first-run shows along with digitally restored content from the vaults of Music Row.
Matt Winn, executive 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.”
John Berry and his amazing band have kicked off his 21st annual Christmas Tour in style, with two big shows last weekend in Georgia (Marietta & Calhoun). The tour continues starting Saturday night, November 25th in Ringle, WI and then heads to Traverse City, MI for Sunday, November 26th.
Visit www.johnberry.com/tour for all the dates and to secure your seats for what will be THE holiday concert experience of 2017! We hope to see you on the road!!
Ty Bentli talks with singer/songwriter John berry in his sixth episode of Writers Rule, a podcast about the art of songwriting with some of Nashville’s best songwriters.
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The Christmas 4 Kids organization has announced the lineup for its 2017 Ryman Auditorium concert, set for Monday, November 20 at 7:00 PM inNashville. Hunter Hayes will headline this year’s show with Brett Young, John Berry,Halfway to Hazard, and Lindsay Ell also scheduled to perform. This year marks the organization’s 35th anniversary.
“We are so thankful for all of these great artists who have all volunteered to donate their time and talent to help bring a better Christmas to so many children in need,” says Christmas 4 Kids President Linda O’Connell. “This year, Christmas 4 Kids is celebrating its 35th anniversary so this concert will be extra special!”
John Berry adds, “I am so excited to be part of the Christmas 4 Kids concert for the second year in a row! Christmas is my favorite time of year and I love the opportunity to spread holiday cheer to kids in the Nashville area.”
Tickets are $38.50 and $60.00 and are available for purchase now at Ryman.com. All proceeds generated from the concert go to the Christmas 4 Kids organization.
About Christmas 4 Kids
Christmas 4 Kids is a not-for-profit organization that has been in existence for 35 years providing many children, each year, with their very own shopping spree. The funds generated by the concert, and the Tour Bus Show/Artist Meet and Greet event, are used to give over 400 children from 29 different schools, a day-long shopping excursion. The special day consists of a chauffeured trip from their school aboard an entertainer’s luxury tour bus, dinner, and a party hosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus. To wrap up the day, the tour buses journey to the Hendersonville, Tennessee Walmart where the kids receive a brand new winter coat, and $150.00 to spend however they choose.
October 23rd, 2017) Singer-songwriter, John Berry, will join RFD-TV’s new weekly live concert series, #MusicMondays, which features artists from the music & entertainment programming lineup, along with up and coming artists, established artists, and more performed on the @OfficialRFDTV Facebook page. The concerts are presented as weekly jam sessions where artists can come together at The 615 Hideaway, to bring fans and viewers their weekly dose of live music. Bluegrass artist Ronnie Reno from RFD-TV’s “Reno’s Old Time Music” serves as host for some of the sessions.
“I love what I do, with a passion not seen in quite some time. I’m hopeful and excited about the future. I love singing and always will,” said Berry. “I have a bus, an incredible stage presentation, a great band, hands-on management team and I’m always all dressed up and ready to go. Working with RFD-TV on this live performance is a great opportunity to connect with their music fans.”
John Berry rose to stardom on the country charts of the 1990s with such mega-hits as Your Love Amazes Me, & Standing on the edge of Goodbye and She’s Taken a Shine.” His annual Christmas tours (2017 marks his 21st year for his Christmas tour) brighten the holidays for thousands, as does his electrifying rendition of O’ Holy Night.
John has placed 20 singles on the county charts, six of which went “Top 5,” with Your Love Amazes Me scoring a #1 on the Billboard and Radio & Records Country Chart. Standing on the Edge of Goodbye and She’s Taken a Shine earned the #1 slot in Radio & Records. Berry has earned multiple Gold and Platinum records over the years. He was nominated for the ACM Top New Male Vocalist in 1994, won a Grammy Award in 1996 for his participation in Amazing Grace: A Country Salute to Gospel Vol. 1 and was nominated for another Grammy in 1995 for his smash hit Your Love Amazes Me and was nominated for the CMA Horizon Award and Top Male Vocalist Award in 1995. In 1997, he was nominated for Vocal Event of the Year (for & Long Haired Country Boy with Charlie Daniels and Hal Ketchum). In 2013 John was nominated for the Mainstream Country Male Artist by the ICM Awards. And thanks to the miracles of modern technology, he even sang a duet with the late, great Patsy Cline.
About Ronnie Reno: The eldest son of bluegrass legend Don Reno, Ronnie Reno began his career professionally at age eight. Often standing on a milk carton in order to reach the microphone, the young boy played mandolin and guitar with his father on-stage. After working with the Don Reno Band for almost ten years, Ronnie Reno opted to join the Osborne Brothers, another bluegrass band.Working with them for four years, the group released five albums during that time.
Ronnie Reno’s first big break came in 1973 with his working relationship with country star Merle Haggard. Opening many of Haggard's shows, Reno would then support Haggard as a backing musician. Reno appeared on 10 of Haggard’s album throughout the 70’s and 80’s. He also wrote a hit song for Haggard, I’ve Gota Darling. It was also during this time that Ronnie Reno recorded his first album, For the First Time, on MCA Records. In the early 90’s, Ronnie Reno teamed up with his younger brothers to form the Reno Brothers. Recording began with 1992’s Kentucky Gold and ended with 1998’s Three-part harmony on Pinecastle Records. The band was also nominated for an International Bluegrass MusicAssociation Award in 1997. Working on albums by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Conway Twitty, Ronnie Reno recorded his sophomore album, Portfolio, in 2002.
Learn more at johnberry.com, the615hideaway.com, ronniereno.com, and rfdtv.com.