TWO OF AMERICA’S SWEETHEARTS UNITE FOR AN ALL NEW EPISODE OF “CMT CROSSROADS" FEATURING KELLY CLARKSON AND REBA McENTIRE PREMIERING JUNE 24

06/04/07



NASHVILLE – June 4, 2007 – The series that proves great music knows no boundaries returns, bringing together two of America’s sweethearts, Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire. It was only five years ago that Clarkson first made her adoration of McEntire known to the world and since that time, the two have performed together and become friends both on and off the stage. The two friends and collaborators ignite the stage for another explosive pairing on CMT CROSSROADS: KELLY CLARKSON AND REBA McENTIRE premiering Sunday, June 24 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT.

Taped at the historic Ryman auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. before an invitation-only audience, Clarkson and McEntire rocked a full house to its feet with super-charged versions of their biggest hits including “Walkaway,” “Why Haven’t I Heard From You”, “Since You’ve Been Gone” and “Fancy.” For the first time on-stage, the two performed an emotionally-charged version of “Because of You,” the current single from McEntire’s forthcoming Reba Duets album. During an intimate interview segment, Clarkson discusses how it feels to share the stage with her idol and how McEntire’s voice feels like home to her while McEntire reflects on her career and her favorite song of Clarkson’s.

CMT CROSSROADS: KELLY CLARKSON AND REBA McENTIRE will be retelecast on Sunday, June 24 at 11:00 p.m., ET/PT; Monday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m., ET/PT; Tuesday, June 26 at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m., ET/PT; Thursday, June 28 at 11:00 a.m., ET/PT; Friday, June 29 at 6:00 p.m., ET/PT; Saturday, June 30 at 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., ET/PT; and lastly on Sunday, July 1 at 2:30 p.m., ET/PT.

CMT CROSSROADS is presented by Alltel Wireless, the first title sponsor of the critically-acclaimed series and new advertiser for CMT. Alltel is owner and operator of the nation's largest wireless network and has 12 million customers.

Clarkson burst onto the music scene with her 2003 album debut, Thankful that debuted at No. 1 and was certified double-platinum. With her 2004 RCA Records sophomore album, Breakaway, the small town Texas native did just that, rushing past her competitors to sell more than 6 million in the U.S. and 10 million worldwide, producing five No. 1 singles. In February ’06, Clarkson took home a pair of Grammy Awards including Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The album also nabbed four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, one People’s Choice Award and 11 Billboard Music Awards. In 2006, paying tribute to her musical hero, Clarkson delivered truly memorable performances on the special, CMT GIANTS: REBA, singing two of her favorite Reba hits. Clarkson’s newest project, My December, featuring the hit single, “Never Again,” hits stores on June 26.

Having held the title of Top Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year and drawing in millions of fans through her music, television show and clothing line, McEntire duly deserves the title of CMT GIANT designated to her in 2006. She was the first country female artist to sell five million copies of one album since Patsy Cline and has collectively sold over 50 million albums. In a career that has expanded beyond music, McEntire is also a multiple award winner in the acting arena. Her critically-acclaimed Broadway debut in 2001’s “Annie Get Your Gun” was awarded both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards and her self-titled TV show, “Reba,” landed her a Golden Globe nomination and a People’s Choice Award. McEntire’s illustrious career includes 33 No. 1 hits, 29 albums, 15 American Music Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, seven Country Music Association Awards, two Grammy’s and the CMT Johnny Cash Visionary Award. McEntire’s latest project, Reba Duets, is scheduled to hit stores in September and features duets with Clarkson as well Ronnie Dunn, Justin Timberlake, Don Henley, Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill, Carole King, Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, LeAnn Rimes, and Rascal Flatts.

CMT CROSSROADS pairs country music stars with popular artists from other genres—pop, rock, R&B—to play together, swap stories, and share their common love of music. Recent episodes of CROSSROADS have included Bruce Hornsby and Ricky Skaggs; Lindsey Buckingham and Little Big Town; Steve Earle and Rosanne Cash; Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett; Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers; Bon Jovi and Sugarland; and John Fogerty and Keith Urban.

CMT CROSSROADS is produced by Taillight TV. Sarah Brock and Margaret Comeaux serve as executive producers for CMT.

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