Mary Mary, Matthew West and All-Star Compassion World Premiere Christmas Specials

By Jenny Bennett | managing editor,
Posted: Thu, 12/10/2009 - 19:31


ATLANTA (Dec. 10, 2009) -- Mary, Mary, Fred Hammond, Matthew West and an all star line-up with ‘compassion' headline the Dec. 12-13 weekend on GMC, America's Christmas Channel.

-- Matthew West Christmas world premieres Sat. Dec. 12 @ 9:30 Eastern/Pacific. The multi-Dove Award nominee and sought-after songwriter performs songs from his new Give This Christmas Away Album, including "Give This Christmas Away", "The Christmas Hope", "Away in A Manger" and "The Day After Christmas."

-- A Christmas of Compassion follows Matthew West Christmas on Dec. 12 at 10pm ET/PT. Hosted by GRAMMY-Award winner Rebecca St. James, A Christmas of Compassion features timeless holiday classics and modern favorites, along with powerful stories of the work Compassion International is doing around the world. Performers include: DecembeRadio, The Martins, KJ-52, Laura Story, and Stephanie Smith. A Christmas of Compassion was recorded live at Gospel Music Channel Studios in Atlanta. Call 877-721-7800 to help support a child through Compassion.

-- On Sun. Dec. 13 at 6:00 pm ET, GMC premieres "Christmas...Who Needs It?" - An intriguingly-hilarious new dramedy written by gospel music legend, Fred Hammond which cleverly captures the true essence of Christmas. Hammond heads the fresh, lively cast of characters who transform this theatrical production into a motion picture. This tale set on Christmas Eve is filled with interesting twists and surprises around every corner and ultimately underlines what the holiday season is really all about.

-- The world premiere of Mary Mary Christmas, an hour-long live concert performance by gospel's super duo, Mary Mary, is Sun. Dec. 13 at 8pm ET. The new special features Christmas classics like "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Silent Night" mixed with modern holiday favorites like "Call Him Jesus", "Thank You", and "Put A Little Love in Your Heart." Mary Mary Christmas is a joyous, R&B fused evening of great holiday fun for the whole family.

America's Christmas Channel is also airing exclusive Christmas specials, series and holiday programming Monday-Friday at 10:00 pm ET while GMC's morning show "Joyful Noise Café" is airing Christmas music videos throughout the season. Visit for schedules and more information.

GMC is the fastest-growing network in television and can be seen in 45 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224.

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