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Amy Grant, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store bring home holidays with release of ‘Tennessee Christmas’

Staff Reports • Updated Nov 20, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store announced Amy Grant as its latest artist to release an album under its Spotlight Music Program. 

The six-time Grammy award-winning singer released her new holiday album “Tennessee Christmas” in Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations nationwide and online at crackerbarrel.com Oct. 21.

Grant and Cracker Barrel have become synonymous with the holiday season for decades. Grant is well known for her Christmas music, which makes “Tennessee Christmas” even more of an anticipated release. 

“Tennessee Christmas” marks the first all-new holiday release for Grant in more than 20 years. The 13-song collection of new recordings features a mixture of classic holiday hits and heartfelt originals that beautifully capture the joy, laughter and anticipation of the Christmas season. While the album’s title track was originally written and recorded by Grant more than 25 years ago, her fresh take on this holiday standard is warm and welcoming and perfectly sets the tone for the new album.

“I love writing and recording Christmas music,” said Grant. “I love the joy it brings, the hope it shares, and the memories it brings to mind for all of us. My hope for ‘Tennessee Christmas’ is that it draws you and your loved ones closer to celebrate the simple joy of just being together. And ‘being together’ is one of the reasons I am so glad to partner with Cracker Barrel as they have been a gathering place for friends and family for years.”

Grant’s unmistakable voice has become the soundtrack to nearly four decades of Christmas memories for generations of family and friends the world over. With six Grammy awards to her credit and more than 30 million records sold worldwide, Grant is undoubtedly a household name and musical force.

“Amy has been an honorary member of the Cracker Barrel family for many years as we’ve had the opportunity to share several of her albums with our guests,” said Cracker Barrel Old Country Store senior marketing manager Julie Ulmer. “We always look for artists who have an authentic connection to our brand, who care about family and spending time with loved ones, and enjoy giving back. Amy has always fit that criteria for us, and she’s been a great partner over the years.”

Cracker Barrel has released albums with a wide variety of artists, some of which have debuted in top spots on a range of Billboard charts. Recent Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Spotlight Music partners include the brand’s first pop album with a cappella group Pentatonix, its first R&B album with Anthony Hamilton, as well as recent albums from Cole Swindell, Blake Shelton and NEEDTOBREATHE. In September, Cracker Barrel paired Dolly Parton and Pentatonix for an exclusive a cappella recording of “Jolene,” which was viewed on YouTube nearly 12 million times in its first month.

Established in 1969 in Lebanon, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. and its affiliates operate 640 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store company-owned locations in 43 states and own the fast casual restaurants Holler & Dash. Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2016 Consumer Picks survey named Cracker Barrel Old Country Store the best family dining restaurant in America. For more information about the company, visit crackerbarrel.com.

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