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“A Very Special Christmas” Album Series Celebrates 25th Anniversary With The Release Of Two Albums Benefitting Special Olympics

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — TheA Very Special Christmas’ holiday music series, benefitting Special Olympics, will celebrate its 25th anniversary this holiday season with the first ever release of two new albums on October 16, each on a different label:

A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS 25TH ANNIVERSARY on Big Machine Records will feature songs from Christina Aguilera, Francesca Battistelli, Michael Bublé,  Cheap Trick, Vince GillAmy GrantDave MatthewsJason Mraz, One Republic, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Train, and Wonder Girls;

A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS: BRINGING PEACE ON EARTH on Word Records will feature songs from Meredith AndrewsChris AugustFrancesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason CastroNatalie Grant, Group 1 Crew, for KING & COUNTRY, Dara Maclean, Point of Grace, Sidewalk Prophets.

“This album series has been a remarkable gift to our Special Olympics athletes,” said Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman and CEO, Special Olympics. “Thanks to the generosity of countless incredible people across the music industry, the legacy from the ‘A Very Special Christmas’ album series continues to support and sustain our work to bring the joy of sport to people with intellectual disabilities which in turn fosters a global community of acceptance and inclusion.”


Special Olympics changes lives through the power of sport, as the world’s largest organization dedicated to year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities.

Since 1987, the biggest and brightest voices in the recording industry have generously lent their time and talents to Special Olympics to create the holiday album series ‘A Very Special Christmas,’ the single most successful benefit recording series in musical history generating more than $100 million in royalties to benefit Special Olympics.

Grants from the Christmas Record Trust have enabled Special Olympics to implement programs worldwide, from the United States to Timor Leste, China to UgandaCambodia to Haiti and more. In the United States, these funds have also supported Special Olympics programs in urban areas such as New York CityPhiladelphia and New Orleans.

Each successive album of the series has honored the quality of its predecessors with timeless recordings of holiday music by some of the most influential and talented artists of their time.  U2, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Madonna, Sting, Bon Jovi, Reba McEntireAlan Jackson, Wyclef Jean, Sheryl CrowMary J. Blige, No Doubt, Eric ClaptonTom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Vanessa Williams and Bryan Adams are among the stars who contributed tracks to previous albums and whose songs for ‘A Very Special Christmas’ have become perennial favorites on the radio and at holiday celebrations over the years. Learn more about ‘A Very Special Christmas’ at

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