ATLANTA - Channel 2 WSB-TV brings the lighting of Atlanta’s most recognized Christmas tree to homes all over North Georgia. For more than six decades, generations of Atlantans have welcomed the holiday season with the lighting of the Great Tree.
Channel 2’s Jovita Moore and David Chandley host the live broadcast from Lenox Square on Thanksgiving night beginning at 7 p.m. Our superstar lineup includes platinum selling country legend Trace Adkins, Chris Mann from The Voice, and Nickelodeon’s Cymphonique Miller.
The holiday celebration will be capped off with the lighting of a 60-foot white pine filled with over 4,000 lights. The décor package includes 100 red Macy’s stars , 1,200 multi-color metallic basketball-sized ornaments and 8.2 miles of wiring throughout. A fantastic fireworks finale set to holiday music tops it all off.
Join Channel 2 WSB-TV for this memorable way to kick off the holiday season!
WHAT: Macy’s Great Tree Lighting
WHO: Hosted by Jovita Moore and David Chandley
WHEN: November 22, 2012 at 7 p.m. on Channel 2 WSB-TV
Trace Adkins: Trace Adkins is one of Country music's most versatile and accomplished entertainers. His instantly recognizable baritone has earned platinum, and multi-platinum albums with total sales surpassing 10 million. He is the author of A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck. He charmed millions as a finalist on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice and was recently seen in the box-office topping theatrical release, The Lincoln Lawyer. In December 2012, he will serve as co-host of the American Country Awards on FOX for the third consecutive year. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Adkins was raised on Country and Gospel music and is known as an artist who speaks his mind and honors the past. The 6'6" former oil rigger-turned-Country star is the father of five daughters.
In the fifteen years since his platinum debut, Adkins has released ten studio albums, three greatest hits packages, thirty chart singles. He has racked up four Grammy nominations, five ACM and CMT awards. Trace has made his mark as a TV and film actor, a voiceover artist, an author, a social commentator — and even the inspiration for a series of comic books. Trace Adkins’ last studio album, PROUD TO BE HERE, featured the Top Ten hit, "Just Fishin'" and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Country Album Chart in August 2011 by Show Dog - Universal Music. Adkins is currently preparing his eleventh studio album, which will feature the new American anthem, “Tough People Do.” has received the fan-voted Top Video of the Year award three times on GAC, “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” was voted #2 Video of the Decade by CMT, and Trace has been voted “Country’s Sexiest Man” by the readers of Country Weekly. He has turned his entertainingly articulated views on a variety of current topics into a seat on any number of TV talk shows, and into a well-received book, A Personal Stand: Obervations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck. He has narrated any number of TV documentaries and has been a commercial spokesman for products ranging from Kentucky Fried Chicken to BC Headache Powder. The comic book character he inspired, McBain, was featured in four well-received editions. Trace has appeared in many TV shows, including "The Celebrity Aprentice," “King of the Hill” and “My Name Is Earl,” and in movies ranging from 2008′s “An American Carol” to 2011′s “The Lincoln Lawyer.”
Chris Mann: This time last year, Chris Mann faced his make-or-break moment. As a finalist on the hit NBC television series The Voice, Chris Mann captured the hearts of millions while drawing the respect of multi-platinum talents such as Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo. “I remember it was Halloween night and my blind audition for The Voice was just a few days away,” Mann recalls. “I was a nervous wreck. I went to The Voice with the hope of just making the show.” What a difference a year makes. When he strode onto a soundstage at Sony Studios to perform Andrea Bocelli’s “Because We Believe” for his Voice audition, Mann was more nervous than he’d ever been before a performance. “It was a combination of knowing that this was bigger than anything I had ever done before and realizing that it could change my life,” he says. “I just sensed that that something different was gonna happen this time—something good.” Mann’s intuition was right and was selected to be on Christina Aguilera’s team. Now Mann is signed to Faircraft/Universal Republic, a new label formed by renowned producer/music executive Ron Fair. He’s also releasing his major label debut, Roads, a bold reimagining of the classical-pop genre. The aptly-titled album represents the culmination of a long and challenging journey for this gifted and dedicated young artist, who’d been pushing forward against what had appeared to be overwhelming odds. Roads boasts a wildly eclectic assortment of songs, ranging from Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” to “Ave Maria” and Damien Rice’s “The Blowers’ Daughter,” with the latter featuring a special guest appearance from Aguilera. While Mann chose most of the material himself, it was Fair who instigated what would become the album’s centerpiece, hooking up with Paul Anka, who was so taken with Mann’s voice and story that he reworked “My Way” specifically for Chris. Anka tweaked the lyrics so that instead of being about a guy looking back, this new version is written from the point of view of a young man looking hopefully ahead—a notion central to the theme of Roads.
Cynphonique Miller: Cymphonique Miller currently stars on her own show on Nickelodeon entitled “How To Rock.” One of the top rated shows of the network, the show tells the story of “Kacey Simon” the former queen of The Perfs (perf is the abbreviation for "perfect"), and is the lead singer of Gravity 5. Kacey is confident, bold, and now on a constant campaign to take her new friends and band mates to the top of the school’s social ladder. She can sing, dance, write incredible songs, and she's proving to Gravity 5 that she also knows how to be a true friend. The show recently wrapped production on its first season and new episodes are running until the end of the year. The series is based on the book How to Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg Haston. The series premiered on February 4, 2012, which attracted 3.3 million viewers! The show is extremely popular with teens and Cymphonique has fast become a fan favorite, not only for her acting, but for her incredible fashion sense and amazing singing voice! She is fast becoming one of Hollywood’s most sought after young actresses! She has built a diverse R&B, Pop and Hip Hop fan base online and created her own brand and identity, accruing over 20 million views before landing a deal with Nickelodeon. The No Limit Forever recording artist is also an amazing singer and in 2011 at the tender age of 14 ½ she was nominated for her first BET Award for Best Hip Hop Female Artist 2011 her song "All That.” She has recently been on a 2012 summer tour with her group Fabulous Girls where she has been the opening act for her brother Romeo, and various No Limit Forever recording artists. No Limits Forever, is the family’s multi- mega hit recording company founded by her father, rap legend, entrepreneur and philanthropist Percy Miller (a.k.a. Master P) and was recently passed onto her brother Romeo (a.k.a. Lil Rome) who now is the CEO of the company.
Macy’s All-Star Holiday Choir: For many choir members, the Lighting of the Macy’s Great Tree has become an important part of their family’s Thanksgiving Day tradition. This event brings together siblings, couples and multi-generations of families singing and sharing their favorite holiday songs.
Macy’s All Star Cheer Squad: Coming back for the second year is the Macy’s All Star Cheer Squad, which will kick the evening off with their high energy dance routine. Aged 10 to 17 years old, the group of fifty young ladies are from the Sting Rays Competitive Cheer Gym in Marietta, Georgia. The group’s routine will be choreographed by Roger Schonder, coach of several National Winning Cheer Squads.
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