Singer sensation Kelly Clarkson brought her Christmas show and some special friends to join her on her "Miracle on Broadway" concert at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee Friday Dec. 16, 2016. With an outstanding opening of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by her band, easily rivaled the performance by the Trans Siberian Orchestra, Clarkson entered the stage. Her serious and funny side was present throughout the night as she raised funds for local Nashville charities. Powerful vocals and costume changes throughout the night brought joy to the holiday season.
Canned goods were requested by patrons upon entering for the Second Harvest Food Bank as well as a Facebook Live feed on Clarkson's page for additional donations. All proceeds from the show will support Alzheimer’s disease and memory care research through Abe’s Garden, literacy through the Nashville Public Library Foundation, feeding the hungry through the Second Harvest Food Bank and music education at the W.O. Smith Music School in Nashville through Clarkson’s Fruition Fund with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Representatives and videos from each organization was on stage or aired during the show to share how "Miracle on Broadway" makes a difference in their respective causes.
Performances by RaeLynn, Kelsea Ballerini, Nashville‘s Charles Esten, Reba McEntire, Steve Wariner, Hunter Hayes and the SteelDrivers were all part of the show. RaeLynn had some difficulty with sound during the beginning of her performance of "Santa Baby", but once the microphone was picking up her lovely vocals, the crowd applauded with great response. McEntire performed a two Christmas tune before being joined by Clarkson and Steeldrivers' vocalist Tammy Rogers for a beautiful version of the gospel hymn "Softly and Tenderly". Esten hit the stage with the Bruce Springsteen version of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and then joined Clarkson for a fun audience participation song of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". Ronnie Dunn, who had cancelled his appearance due to illness earlier in the week, made it to the stage to perform "I'll Be Home for Christmas" to loud cheers from the crowd.
Clarkson noted plans to make this fundraiser an annual event in Nashville. Read more about Kelly Clarkson here.