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About

The National Christmas Tree Lighting is a beloved American tradition featuring live musical performances and the official lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in President’s Park. The celebration dates back to President Calvin Coolidge in 1923. Today the lighting ceremony is co-presented with the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service and inspires visitors and viewers to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque during the holiday season.

The National Christmas Tree is a living Colorado blue spruce from Virginia, which can be seen year-round in President’s Park. Fifty-six smaller trees surrounding the National Christmas Tree will feature one-of-a-kind ornaments, representing every U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia.

Meet the Cast

Thompson Square

Performer

Thompson Square is an internationally renowned country duo created by the husband-and-wife team Keifer and Shawna Thompson. Since breaking out with the double platinum smash “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” the duo has gone on to score two top 5 albums and #1 romantic hits in the U.S. and Australia. They have also racked up multiple GRAMMY nominations and 3 ACM/CMA Awards trophies as Vocal Duo of the Year. They have earned 5 Top 20 hits, with streaming numbers surpassing 600 million and a social media following of nearly 2 million. Thompson Square has been featured on TODAY, Fox & Friends, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Conan, and CBS This Morning, and have also earned critical praise from Rolling Stone, People, Glamour, Elle, USA Today, and more. After welcoming the birth of their first child in 2016, Thompson Square has released their third studio album, Masterpiece, which was produced by the duo with Grammy winner Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift), perennial hit maker Dann Huff (Keith Urban), and Ilya Toshinskiy.

Matthew West

Performer

Matthew West is a four-time GRAMMY nominee, multiple-ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner, Billboard Music Award winner, and American Music Award and Dove Award recipient. West also received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Original Music & Lyrics for “The Heart of Christmas” from the film of the same name. With over 130 songwriting credits to his name across genres, West has sold more than 1.6 million albums. His latest, All In, contains his most recent chart-topping single, “Broken Things,” adding to his list of No. 1 hits that includes West’s record-setting “Hello My Name Is,” which held the No. 1 spot at radio for 17 weeks straight. Adding to his list of accolades, West has authored five books, and with his father, founded popwe, a non-profit ministry helping others to craft, share, and live a more meaningful life.

LOCASH

Performer

LOCASH creates a sound that fuses modern country and classic heartland rock with an edgy vocal blend. Wheelhouse Records’ LOCASH is made up of singer-songwriters Chris Lucas and Preston Brust, who are natives of Baltimore, Maryland, and Indianapolis, Indiana, respectively. With two albums and 8 charting singles to their credit, LOCASH broke out in 2015 with their gracious gold-certified hit, “I Love This Life,” followed by the flirtatious gold-certified #1 smash that brought them to the top of the country radio airplay charts, “I Know Somebody,” and 2017’s fun-loving romantic anthem “Ring on Every Finger.” All three singles were part of their album, The Fighters, which was released in the summer of 2016 to Top 15 success. In 2017, they earned their first round of awards show recognition with nominations at the ACM Awards for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, the CMT Music Awards for Duo Video of the Year (“I Know Somebody”), and the CMA Awards for Vocal Duo of the Year. Their latest single, “Feels Like A Party,” is the pair’s first release with their new label, BBR Music Group/BMG.

Gabby Barrett

Performer

Gabby Barrett is a singer-songwriter from Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania, who placed 3rd on Season 1 of ABC’s reboot of American Idol. At only 18 years old, her musical resume is that of a seasoned artist’s. From singing with a local gospel choir at only 9 years old, to performing in over 120 concerts in a year, Gabby continues to gain recognition, garnering millions of views on YouTube. She has won the Smokey Robinson Motown Award, voted on by Smokey Robinson himself, and the Jackie Evancho Award. She performed the National Anthem for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pittsburgh Pirated, and the Daytona 500. Gabby has opened for country acts such as Toby Keith, Keith Urban, and Cole Swindell, and although her love is country music, she has the vocal ability to handle any genre. She was invited to do a couple of songs with Luke Bryan on his tour stop this year in Pittsburgh. Now that her tour with the American Idol Top 7 is complete, she will be going back on the road to open for Chris Lane and to perform several of her own shows. Giving back is something that is near and dear to Gabby’s heart. She has performed for Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, St. Jude, Wounded Warriors Project, and Camp Star, an amputee summer camp for youth. She opened for Cole Swindell again this October as part of a fundraiser for the Brighter Days Foundation, which works to end hunger in Ohio. She was signed with Red Light Management and William Morris Endeavor out of Nashville.

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