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Kelly Clarkson, Brett Eldredge partner with Cracker Barrel

To celebrate the holiday season, exclusive music videos feature new hits and traditional holiday classics

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has kicked off the holiday season with the release of its “Rocking and Stockings” content series with multiple Grammy Award-winning superstar Kelly Clarkson and platinum-selling singer-songwriter Brett Eldredge. The exclusive performances of new hits and traditional holiday classics premieres on Cracker Barrel’s YouTube channel with Clarkson’s “Love So Soft,” followed by Eldredge’s “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” on November 17th. Fans can follow along as each new video launches weekly through December 12th.

“Rocking and Stockings” features four performances of new music from Clarkson’s recently released eighth studio album Meaning of Life, including her latest hit single, “Love So Soft,” as well as “Meaning of Life” and “Heat.” It also includes Clarkson’s new holiday track “Christmas Eve.” From his 2016 holiday album Glow, Eldredge performs traditional classics, including “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “First Noel.”

“The holidays are always a special time for us,” states Cracker Barrel Senior Marketing Manager Julie Ulmer. “We created ‘Rocking and Stockings’ to bring together two of music’s most beloved artists for exclusive performances as a joyful way to kick off the season and to help inspire the love and togetherness we hope our guests feel when they dine with us.”

“Christmas is far and away my favorite holiday and recording the music for Glow was a dream come true,” says Eldredge. “I’ve been inspired for this record from a very young age, and I dreamt of the day I could record all these classic songs that I’ve loved since I was a little kid. I think we found a little magic on this album and Christmas is all about magic!”

For fans wanting more, Cracker Barrel is offering Eldredge’s fourth studio album Brett Eldredge and holiday album Glow, as well as Clarkson’s Meaning of Life album and children’s books “River Rose and the Magical Lullaby” and “River Rose and the Magical Christmas,” at its locations nationwide and online.

Meaning of Life is the album Kelly Clarkson was destined to make with Atlantic Records; it is a collection of soul-inspired pop that immediately belongs among the legendary label’s classic canon. In addition to her new album, Clarkson also succeeded her New York Times Top 10 bestselling-debut children’s book, “River Rose and the Magical Lullaby” this year with “River Rose and the Magical Christmas,” both available now from HarperCollins.

While Eldredge’s chart-topping album Brett Eldredge shows the singer’s diverse and ever-evolving sound, his dream of creating a holiday album became reality with the release of Glow last year, which gave the singer a chance to record all the classic songs he loved as a child.

By partnering with artists through its Spotlight Music Program, Cracker Barrel provides guests exclusive access to content they can’t find elsewhere like the “Rocking and Stockings” performance series. Known for its Warehouse Sessions, Cracker Barrel has partnered with artists including Alison Krauss, NEEDTOBREATHE and Reba McEntire for live and taped performances from its Décor Warehouse in Lebanon, Tennessee. In February, Cracker Barrel’s partnership with a cappella group Pentatonix and singer-songwriter legend Dolly Parton won the artists a Grammy Award for “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” for their unique remix of Parton’s 1970s hit “Jolene.” This was the first time the song had won the prestigious award since its release over 40 years ago.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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