tasteofcountry.com — Thomas Rhett is gearing up to celebrate his first Thanksgiving with his two daughters, both of whom came home in 2017. While both Willa Gray, 2, and Ada James, 3 months, are too young to understand the meaning of Thanksgiving, Rhett says he’s looking forward to teaching them.
“You know, Willa’s a little bit too young to understand a lot of things,” Rhett says via his label, Big Machine Label Group, “So, I think once she gets to the age where she starts to ask questions like, ‘Where am I legitimately from? What kind of holidays do they celebrate in Uganda?’ I would love to start incorporating a ton of her culture into our lifestyle because we’re celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas and Fourth of July. And when she starts asking those questions, I would love for her to start knowing and learning about her culture as well.”
In addition to enjoying Thanksgiving with his new family of four, Rhett has been picked to perform during the halftime show for the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Los Angeles Chargers Thanksgiving game, which kicks off the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.
“Watching the Cowboys game is such a tradition on Thanksgiving Day,” Rhett says in a press release. “It’s all about being together with family and friends, but this year is going to be a little different for us. I’m pumped that we get to pack up the whole family to go to Dallas for the halftime show…it’s going to be blast and helping do it for a good cause makes it even better.”
Tune into CBS on Nov. 23 to watch Rhett perform.
cbssports.com — Country music star Thomas Rhett will perform at halftime of the Thanksgiving Day matchup between the Chargers and Cowboys on Nov. 23, the Cowboys announced on Tuesday.
“Watching the Cowboys game is such a tradition on Thanksgiving Day,” Rhett said via the team’s official website. “It’s all about being together with family and friends, but this year is going to be a little different for us. I’m pumped that we get to pack up the whole family to go to Dallas for the halftime show … it’s going to be blast and helping do it for a good cause makes it even better.”
As you might expect, the Cowboys are just as excited to welcome Rhett.
“Thomas Rhett is not only a chart-topping country artist, but also a musician whose commitment and passion for philanthropy makes him a great fit to join the Fight for Good and kickoff the Red Kettle Campaign,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, the Cowboys’ executive vice president and chief brand officer who is also the former national advisory chairperson for The Salvation Army. “Every year, The Salvation Army makes a difference in the lives of millions of Americans. We want everyone to know that their donations truly make an impact.”
Rhett’s performance kicks off The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign, where donations help provide shelter and food for those in need, as well as Christmas toys for millions of children.
“We are thankful for our partnership with the Dallas Cowboys, whose organization has continually provided us with incredible awareness during our most critical fundraising season,” said Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, national community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. “We celebrate their ongoing support, and what is sure to be a memorable kickoff performance.”
ABC has announced the first wave artists set to perform at the 2017 CMA Awards.
Announced Wednesday morning, Country Music’s Biggest Night is already shaping up to be star-studded with performances from Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood.
16-time CMA Award winner and 2017 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Alan Jackson will also take the stage during the show for his 24th CMA Awards performance since debuting in 1990 with “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.” Garth Brooks, reigning Entertainer of the Year and most awarded artist in history, is also set to perform and has earned his 12th nomination for Entertainer of the Year.
With five nominations this year, including her 11th nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year, Miranda Lambert tops the list of nominees. Meanwhile, newcomer Jon Pardi secured two nominations for New Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for his song “Dirt On My Boots.” Thomas Rhett raked in first-time nominations for Musical Event of the Year, Music Video of the Year, and Male Vocalist of the Year.