Ovation, REELZ to broadcast national park-inspired holiday event Monday, Dec. 9
Colton Dixon will join a melding of music, national parks, outdoor performances and holiday cheer during the 97th National Christmas Tree Lighting. The event will feature not only the official lighting of the new National Christmas Tree and timeless holiday tunes. It will take place on Dec. 5 at the Ellipse in President’s Park (White House).
Hosted by country music star Jessie James Decker, Dixon, who will release new music for the first time in over two years in early 2020, will join country singer and winner of “The Voice” Chevel Shepherd, The U.S. Air Force’s premier rock band Max Impact, country music artist and “The Voice” finalist Spensha Baker, the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, the West Tennessee Youth Chorus, and “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band.
Thanks to a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, Ovation and REELZ will broadcast the 2019 National Christmas Tree Lighting on Monday, Dec. 9. Viewers can tune in to watch the broadcast at 8 p.m. ET on REELZ and 9 p.m. on Ovation.
First celebrated in 1923 by President Calvin Coolidge, the ceremony today inspires visitors and viewers from around the globe to #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque during the holiday season.
Last month, the National Park Service planted a new National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in President’s Park. The new tree is a 30-foot Colorado blue spruce from Palmyra, Pennsylvania. It will be lit for the first time during this year’s ceremony.
Through a partnership with the National Park Foundation, GE Lighting is celebrating its 57th year of decorating the National Christmas Tree. In addition, 56 smaller trees surrounding the National Christmas Tree will feature one-of-a-kind ornaments, representing every U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia.
To learn more, visit www.thenationaltree.org and follow along with the National Christmas Tree on Twitter @thenationaltree.
Dixon has been writing and recording in Los Angeles for the majority of 2019 and said he is excited to release new music in early 2020. More details will be forthcoming after the holidays.
The singer and pianist quickly became a household name in 2012 when he was voted a fan favorite and made it to the top seven on season 11 of “American Idol.” His career has been on the fast track ever since.
Dixon now boasts over 61 million streams. His 2013 debut, “A Messenger,” set the record for biggest first-week sales by a new solo Christian act, becoming the No. 1 selling album by a new Christian artist. His sophomore effort, “Anchor,” included the most-played Hot AC single of 2014, “More Of You," which spent three weeks at No. 1, as well as "Through All of It," his fourth consecutive No. 1 at Hot AC Radio.
In 2013, Dixon won a Dove Award for Best Rock/Contemporary Album Of The Year, and had two additional nominations. In 2015, “Anchor” was honored with the Dove Award for Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year. Dixon received back-to-back K-LOVE Fan Award nominations for Male Artist of the Year in 2014 and 2015, followed by the release of his third studio album, “Identity,” which included the top 5 single “All That Matters,” whose video was premiered by PEOPLE magazine.
Dixon is a Steinway & Sons artist, following in the footsteps of legendary artists such as Harry Connick Jr. and Billy Joel.
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