|Shane McAnally, Ashley Arrison, Kelly Clarkson and Aben Eubanks sing|
"Wrapped in Red," co-written by the quartet
This holiday season, Kelly Clarkson decided to bring more than just a little cheer to her adopted hometown of Nashville with the inaugural Miracle on Broadway event at Bridgestone Arena. Performing December 20 with more than a dozen of her musician friends, Kelly hosted a star-studded evening that delighted the crowd while raising $400,000 (half from ticket sales, merchandise sales, and text donations and half through a matching donation from Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks) to benefit four of Nashville's charities: Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Monroe Harding Children's Home, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Thistle Farms.
In addition to performing nearly all of her 2013 Christmas Album, "Wrapped in Red," and several new-to-her Christmas cover songs, Kelly welcomed several guest artists from a range of genres to share the stage: Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Charles Esten from Nashville, Meghan Trainor, Hayley Williams from Paramore, Ronnie Dunn, Kix Brooks, Kacey Musgraves, Ashley Arrison, Shane McAnally, Deborah Allen, and a 20+-piece orchestra of musicians.
|Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, and Reba McEntire singing "Silent Night"|
The entire evening was magical, beginning with an instrumental "Carol of the Bells," Kelly's performance of "Underneath the Tree," and a brief cameo by Kelly's six month old baby girl, River Rose. The night continued with nearly 30 more performances filled with joy and a few (happy) tears.
From the perspective of an audience member (a Jewish one at that), the event was a huge success. Hopefully, as she said on stage, Kelly is able to continue this new tradition and have an annual Miracle on Broadway. Every Christmas, we'll wait.
|Jason Halbert and Kelly Clarkson performing "White Christmas"|
All of my photos are here, and my video of one of the evening's highlights is below.