???The torch has been passed to a new generation of superstar talent for A Very Special Christmas Volume 7, as Colbie Caillat, Carter Twins, Charice, Miley Cyrus, Kristinia DeBarge, Gloriana, Vanessa Hudgens, Sean Kingston, Leighton Meester, Mitchel Musso, Kellie Pickler, Ashley Tisdale, and Carrie Underwood contribute to the latest edition of the acclaimed album series which benefits Special Olympics. A Very Special Christmas Volume 7, set for release on November 24, through the Universal Music Enterprises, features original recordings of new and traditional Christmas songs which each artist selected especially for this album.
“This is a fantastic Christmas record created by and for a new generation that wants to make the world a better place,” said Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics. “The songs on A Very Special Christmas Volume 7 have all the freshness and energy of the talented artists who recorded them. Through the spirit of their musical performances, these young recording stars bring the same passion and dedication to Special Olympics that our athletes display every day of their lives.”
A Very Special Christmas Volume 7 and its focus on young entertainers was the brainchild of entertainment attorney Greg Lapidus, who said, “In a year filled with defining moments for Special Olympics and this country it’s wonderful to see that the philanthropic impulse of this new generation of stars is strong. They have created an album of great Christmas music, fun, cheery and perfect for their generation of fans.”
Selling one million copies in its first year, the premier album, A Very Special Christmas, released in 1987, and the subsequent albums in the series, have generated more than $l00 million for Special Olympics, the most ever raised by a benefit recording series. Disbursed in grants by the Special Olympics Christmas Records Trust, the monies raised each year by the albums/CDs/DVDs play a crucial role in the lives of the least-advantaged Special Olympics athletes around the world where there are inaccurate and prejudiced views about people with intellectual disabilities.
Each successive album of the series has honored the quality of its predecessors with timeless recordings of holiday music by some of the most influential and talented artists of the time. U2, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Madonna, Sting, Bon Jovi, Reba McIntyre, Alan Jackson, Wyclef Jean, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, No Doubt, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Vanessa Williams and Bryan Adams are among the stars who contributed tracks to the previous albums and whose songs for A Very Special Christmas have become perennial favorites on the radio and at holiday celebrations over the years.