With nearly 60 country radio stations across the U.S. now spinning “A Big Ole Texas Christmas,” Dove Award-winning quartet Canton Junction has toes tapping to their latest single. An upbeat ode to holiday traditions uniquely Texas, the Western Swing-influenced tune was co-penned by country hitmaker Phil Vassar and is featured on Canton Junction’s critically acclaimed new release, A Canton Christmas.
Among country stations now playing “A Big Ole Texas Christmas” are Watertown, New York’s WFRY; KRAZ in Santa Barbara, California; KXOX in Sweetwater, Texas; and Renegade Radio Nashville, which is broadcast around the world online.
"Bob Wills would be proud,” says Chris Diestler of KQBA Radio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “This new Texan Christmas anthem really swings!"
Mike Thomas of KWRE/KFAV Radio in Warrenton, Missouri, adds, “The perfect song to put a little ‘swing’ in your Christmas celebration. Imagine Asleep at the Wheel meets The Oak Ridge Boys.”
A Canton Christmas bowed October 21 from Difference Media/Capitol Christian Distribution. Produced by Garry Jones (Ivan Parker, Brian Free & Assurance), the project features 10 arrangements of classic carols and timeless favorites. In addition to “A Big Ole Texas Christmas,” highlights of A Canton Christmas include “Let There Be Peace On Earth”; the Matt Hagee and Aaron Wilburn-penned “Glory To God In The Highest”; and new arrangements of such beloved carols as “Angels We Have Heard On High,“ “Joy To The World” and the project’s finale, “Silent Night/Away In A Manger.”
With individual resumes including GRAMMY Award nominations, multiple GMA Dove Awards, Singing News Fan Awards and finalist honors on "Nashville Star," Canton Junction effortlessly blends traditional and contemporary sounds for a cutting-edge style all its own. Since their 2012 debut, Canton Junction has quickly become one of Southern Gospel’s most sought-after groups. The self-titled Canton Junction featured four #1 singles, garnered a GMA Dove Award for Southern Gospel Album of the Year, and earned the group a Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Southern Gospel New Traditional quartet. Last year’s Every Hallelujah debuted at #1 on Nielsen SoundScan’s Southern Gospel Overall Chart and features the single “Weep No More,” from the hit box office film Four Blood Moons.
Difference Media is a division of John Hagee Ministries, founded by John Hagee. Along with Canton Junction, the San Antonio-based label features some of the leading names in Gospel music, including Ivan Parker, Ricardo Sanchez, Matt Hagee, Tim Duncan, Aaron & Amanda Crabb, The Cornerstone Sanctuary Choir, John Hagee and The Hagees.