Big Machine Records will release A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary collection on October 16, reports MusicRow. Proceeds from album sales will benefit the Special Olympics. Artists on the collection include Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill, The Band Perry, Amy Grant, Jason Mraz, Christina Aguilera, Francesca Battistelli, Michael Bublé, Cheap Trick, Dave Matthews, One Republic, Train and Wonder Girls.
The release will be made in conjunction with A Very Special Christmas: Bringing Peace on Earth which will be released by Word Records on the same day. Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Group 1 Crew, for KING COUNTRY, Dara Maclean, Jamie Grace, Natalie Grant, and Sidewalk Prophets will be featured on the project.
“This album series has been a remarkable gift to our Special Olympics athletes,” Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, said. “Thanks to the generosity of countless incredible people across the music industry, the legacy from the A Very Special Christmas album series continues to support and sustain our work to bring the joy of sport to people with intellectual disabilities which in turn fosters a global community of acceptance and inclusion.”
The 25th Anniversary release marks more than $100 million raised through the album series. U2, Bruce Springsteen the E Street Band, Madonna, Sting, Bon Jovi, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson and Sheryl Crow have participated in the project over the years.