A Home For The Holidays With Phillip Phillips and Rachel Crow To Air 12/19

American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips will perform (“Home,” I presume!) and X Factor’s Rachel Crow will perform and share her own adoption story on the CBS special, “Home For The Holidays” set to air on Monday, December 19 on CBS TV.

The two join a slew of celebrities, including Rascal Flatts, Melissa Etheridge, Matchbox 20 and more, who are set to help spread adoption and foster care awareness.

Check out the press release below


Rascal Flatts, Rachel Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Matchbox Twenty and Phillip Phillips Will Perform and Wayne Brady, Kevin Frazier and Jillian Michaels Will Present On This Moving Holiday Special, Which Tells Inspirational Stories About Adoption From Foster Care

The 14th Annual A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH RASCAL FLATTS, an entertainment special to be broadcast Wednesday, Dec. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, will be hosted by best-selling country vocal group Rascal Flatts. It will include moving performances by Rascal Flatts, Rachel Crow, whose performance accompanies her personal story about foster care adoption, Melissa Etheridge, Matchbox Twenty and Phillip Phillips. Wayne Brady, Kevin Frazier and Jillian Michaels are set to present.

Following the success of the past 13 annual shows, the special continues to tell touching stories about adoption from foster care to raise awareness for this important social issue. The inspirational stories of these American families are enhanced with performances by some of today’s most popular artists.

Some of the musical performances accompany story segments which are introduced by celebrities who have their own adoption experiences or are involved with children’s issues. The stories highlight exceptional American children and families involved in this rewarding process.

Crow Family (Los Angeles, Calif.)

“Everything I’ve done has been possible because of my family. They gave me the love and support to follow my dreams,” says 14-year-old recording artist and “X Factor” finalist Rachel Crow. Placed in foster care as an infant, she moved through three different foster homes in less than a year and faced an uncertain future until she was adopted by Kelly and Barbara Crow. “Even as a toddler, Rachel had such spirit and drive to be the child she was meant to be, and before we knew it she became this little girl with the big voice,” says Barbara. Three years later, the Crows adopted their second daughter, Hannah. “The love I have for my girls is beyond anything,” says Kelly. Today 11-year-old Hannah is a straight-A student and Rachel has a recording contract with Columbia Records/Syco, a development deal with Nickelodeon and a recurring role on the comedy series “Fred: The Show.”

Dunne Family (Tampa, Fla.)

If you met the Dunne brothers today you would never know they had been living apart, as they moved through 23 different foster homes in just five years. “Some nights I would try to hide under the covers because I was so scared,” says the youngest, John. Chris and Tammy Dunne had raised two daughters when they saw a picture of the four brothers in foster care. “My husband was adopted as an infant and I aged out of foster care without a family, so the boys really touched our hearts,” says Tammy. “We wanted them to stay together, and made an instant decision to adopt all four,” says Chris. “You can’t think that no one will love you. There is someone and you just have to keep hoping,” says oldest brother Eric.

Burkett Family (Nashville, Tenn.)

“We met our son when he came to stay as a temporary foster placement. It started out as two days and turned into forever.” The Burketts always had a love for children and decided to become foster parents in 2009. “We wanted to bridge the gap between the uncertainty of a foster child’s past and the hope for an adoptive family in their future.” But fate had other plans. “The day after we met Anthony, we took him to his high school track meet and he politely said, ‘I’ll call you when I’m done.’ It broke my heart that he didn’t think we would cheer him on,” says Tahnesia. “He had this shy smile of amazement when he realized we were there to watch him run and from that day on, we had a special bond,” says Brett. Now a star athlete, Anthony thrived in the care of his loving parents, and when the Burketts learned that Anthony had a sister in foster care, they adopted both children.

Moore Family (Long Beach, Calif.)

When Terri and John Moore married in 1988, they thought about having biological children, but instead decided to adopt. “We were very involved in our church and wanted to make a difference. Foster children need someone to champion them, and we knew we could give them the love they deserve.” The couple soon met 5-year-old Anthony and his 4-year-old brother Chris, who had been placed in foster care after being found homeless and abandoned. “The boys just stole our hearts and that was the beginning of our wonderful family of six beautiful children,” says Terri. The Moores became an inspiration to their church, and today their congregation has fostered more than 50 children and more than 20 have been adopted.

Children Waiting

Currently, there are more than 400,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 100,000 of them are available for adoption. This segment gives voice to these children by creating an intimate portrait of youth who need permanent loving homes.

The special is presented in association with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the Children’s Action Network. Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, who was adopted, established the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in 1992. It is dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of children in the United States foster care system. Wendy’s is a program sponsor.

The Children’s Action Network was founded in 1990 by leaders in the entertainment industry to harness the power of the entertainment media on behalf of children. The special is a part of CAN’s National Adoption Campaign to raise awareness of the joys of adopting and to find homes for the children who are waiting.

A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH RASCAL FLATTS is produced by Triage Entertainment and Goldsmith Entertainment, in association with the Children’s Action Network and the Dave Thomas Foundation. Karen Mack, Stu Schreiberg, Stephen Kroopnick and Marilyn Seabury are the executive producers. Kelly Brock is the producer, Kimberly Steer is the supervising producer and Mary Donaldson is the coordinating producer. Michael Simon is directing the special.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6KBNBAY3M4742SQMHUMAV6CVGQ Mike

    Wow!!  Nobody can say that Jimmy/Interscope haven’t done their job promoting Phillip…that boy is everywhere.  Not complaining..really enjoy him & glad they are giving him every opportunity to succeed.  Can’t say the same for poor Melanie over at X-Factor.

  • girlygirltoo

    I know all this promo is great for Phillip, but for me, personally, it feels like I can’t get away from seeing or hearing him, he is pretty much everywhere.  There’s a thin line between great promo and being overexposed to the point where people get sick and tired of you. Hopefully his label and management understand this. Also, give the guy a couple of days off…he must be totally exhausted! :)

  • Maya100

    Good to see Rachel.  What’s she been up to?

  • blackberryharvest

    “Mommy, you promised me!”

    Sorry I couldn’t resist, LOL. Poor girl will look back in embarrassment in 5 years about her meltdown on live TV. Instead of embarrassing home videos or pictures, she has that :(

  • Liteasy

    I don’t think people that have favorites ever get tired of seeing/hearing them – at least I know I don’t.  And there are still thousands of people that don’t have a clue as to who P2 is, especially people that work during the day and never see him on TV.  This is great for him to get all the exposure that his management gets for him.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Not sure if this was posted earlier:

    The Washington Tree Lighting show (that P2 will be on) will be streamed live here at 4:30 PM EST on Dec. 6:


    There’s also a promo video at the above site showing the performers, each for about a microsecond. lol  Performers include: James Taylors, Jason Mraz, The Fray, Colbie Caillat, P2, Ledisi, BabyFace and more. Special guest: Rico Rodriguez from “Modern Family”.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Eh, we’re collectively getting over-saturated because we’re paying attention to the launch as a launch, so we see every. single. appearance. Plus with the commercial placements, we know from the git-go that the song is “Home” — we’re not slowly learning to recognize and like it.

    A typical media consumer is getting exposed to a fraction of these appearances. Usually this level of PR carpet-bombing isn’t attainable, so it’s impressive that P2’s team has managed it. 

  • Anny_nanny

    I think it is 19 does its part of the work.
    Happy for Rachel, it’s nice to hear news about her. Not on topic, but, damn it, I hear about Josh, Chris, Rachel, but then why don’t they won this show?

  • elliegrll

    he is pretty much everywhere.  

    This is a good thing.  Not everyone who saw Phillip on the Today show will see him on this Home for the Holidays, nor will the audience be exactly the same for any of his other television appearances.  Marketing is about reaching a mass audience, and that doesn’t happen with just one or two appearances.  There’s a reason why Pop radio, which has a smaller playlist, and plays the songs that are on it a lot, results in more single sales than AC radio, which has a large audience, but also has a  much larger playlist, so people don’t hear the songs as much.  

    There’s a reason why half of a movie’s budget is spent on promotion, and why it is so important to artists.

  • elliegrll

    And there are still thousands of people that don’t have a clue as to who P2

    You mean millions.  This is true.  The appearances are all about letting people know that Phillip exists, and connecting a name and face with the song that has been playing on the radio and tv for the past few months.

    Phillip can sleep later.  Right now is about striking while the iron is hot, and not wasting the AI launch, or the success of his song.

  • girlygirltoo

    Yeah I know. I just have a low tolerance factor for this stuff. Even with my absolute favorites after awhile I can be “ahhhh…just make them go awaaay already!!!”    :)
    But as I said, it’s great for Phillip, and it’s a sign that his team isn’t going to back off too much on the promo now that his album has been released, which is nice. I do think the guy deserves a few days though. He must not know where he is half the time these days…

  • durbesque

    Make that rich Melanie over at XFactor…ha!

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Yeah I know. I just have a low tolerance factor for this stuff. Even with my absolute favorites after awhile I can be “ahhhh…just make them go awaaay already!!!” 

    There are occasions, re my favorites, where I’ve snapped at my radio “Don’t sneak up on me!” and changed the station.

    I’m developing P2 Stockholm Syndrome, where he’s been put in front of me so many times I’m starting to believe his album is Important and requires my listening to it. Ack!

  • Trina

    I dont agree this is overexposure at all. Taylor Swift is my definition of overexposure. Phillip is still a newcomer who needs to find an audience outside of AI..and frankly I think hes getting the kind of promo many Idols and fans would kill for. How often do we read complaints about lack of promo for idol, XF, Voice contestants? I bet Melanie and Jermaine Paul would kill for this kind of “overexp”osure.  I think its a very good thing P2 seems to have an actual team of people helping him and its paying off so far for him in sales.  Jimmy & co. must be thrilled to watch this happening. why not reward him?

  • YankeeFan08

    I don’t think he’s being overexposed at all.  I say good for him that his management team is keeping him front and center.  His first single is a smash hit.  They would be crazy not to build on that momentum.  They are doing a fantastic job with him.  I’m pretty sure that’s what we would all wish for our favorite Idols.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    This show is always a major tear jerker. 

  • getaway1

    The lack of promotion is often the #1 complaint when someone’s record isn’t selling, when someone is dropped from a label.

    Phil’s team has done an excellent job with his rollout.  He’s obviously in huge demand.  It’s also obvious he has grown in his performances, in his interviews.  And that came from having more experience, more exposure. And that’s part of being developed as an artist.

  • maymay

    You think PP is overexposed because you have known his detailed schedule. Most people don`t know PP`s existence or Home.

    When Home sold platinum, I remember someone said this song was overexposed. That`s ridiculous comment. How about Call Me Maybe? Rolling in the Deep? Somebody That I Used to Know?

    PP is a new artist. He needs to work hard to build his music career. He`s lucky to have great promotion which many new singers are dying for. When singers release their albums, they are usually everywhere, PP why not? I think he can take a rest on the Christmas week.

  • tucker davis

    Talk about growing in his interviews…the last few times I’ve heard him interviewed, they had to cut him off to ask the next question. lol.
    I remember when he would barely answer the question. I love watching him grow as a performer!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6KBNBAY3M4742SQMHUMAV6CVGQ Mike

    Phillip got to close the show for the Nascar Sprint Championship Awards….the busted out the ‘marching band’…lol!  Haven’t seen that since the finale in May.  They did a great job!!  But, boy does Nascar know how to draw out a ceremony!

  • iluvai

    I’m looking forward to seeing Rachel. 

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I have wondered what happened to Rachel.  It will be good to see both.

  • stargazed

    Sounds like a wonderful Christmas show.  Love Rascal Flatts and what could be better than more P2 and I don’t think he’s overexposed at all.  He hasn’t been around long enough for that.