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(Nashville, Tennessee) –December 4, 2014 –Brenda Lee’s perennial Christmas song classic, “Rockin’ Around  The Christmas Tree,” consistently recognized by Billboard Magazine as one of the Top 10 Christmas songs in the history of American music, gets new meaning this year as Brenda’s nostalgically themed addition to Gaylord-Opryland Resorts  “Annual Parade of Trees” in Nashville is now up for online bids to benefit Musicares, the humanitarian arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).
The only female artist to be enshrined in both the Rock & Roll and Country Music Halls of Fame, when Brenda Lee decorates a Christmas tree for charity it bears paying attention.
Heavily laden with over seven feet of ‘50’s-‘60’s pop culture memorabilia that includes vintage car models, replicas of gold records, malt shop sundaes, musical notes, autographed ornaments from top artists of the 50’s and ‘60’s a whimsical Brenda tree topper and surrounding pink poodle tree skirt, the Brenda Lee tree is currently bringing happy memories and smiles to the more than 2 million visitors expected to be on hand to see it throughout the holidays at  Nashville’s Gaylord-Opryland  Cascades Atrium. 
The tree’s unique decor will be sold to the highest bidder—a winning bid that will bring not only a tree full of nostalgic ornaments and goodies but a sleigh load of personal gifts from Brenda herself—highlights including:
  • Personal lunch with Brenda for four at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
  • Autographed replica of her  “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” gold record.
  • Handwritten “Rockin” lyrics.
  • Limited edition signed “Rockin Around The Christmas Tree” ornament from Hallmark.
  • Malt Shop Memories Autograph Book –autographs from Brenda, The Beach Boys, Dion, The Drifters, The Temptations, Martha & The Vandellas,  etc.
  • Vintage replica tabletop jukebox that plays Christmas classics.
In Brenda’s case, the inspiration for the tree., as well as many of the ornaments, came from her November performances on the “Malt Shop Memories Cruise” –an annual week long oldies music extravaganza at sea presented  by Star Vista Entertainment. The sailing again this year offered cruise-goers the top names in music from the 50’s and 60’s aboard Holland American lines elegant ship, the Eurodam. While cutting the blue waters of the Caribbean, Brenda proved to be an instant hit aboard ship with the sea-faring music lovers—a love affair on her maiden voyage that was in this case mutually felt by both artist and audience.
“I’ve done many cruise performances but the ‘Malt Shop Memories Cruise’ moved the experience to a whole new level for me,”  noted Brenda from her vantage point back on dry land.
“It was just tremendous fun to be surrounded aboard ship by people of my generation who loved and identified with the same music I did as a teenager—and who brought these same memories to share together on the cruise. I actually was given ornaments for the tree from many of the cruisers who used them as door decorations aboard the ship—which adds to the special ‘malt shop memories’ element of the oldies theme we used.  To say the audience made me feel loved during the week would be an understatement, and it was a thrill for me to get to know and perform for the actual people who’ve supported my music for more than six decades.  These are the very people who have stuck with me and allowed me to have the career I’ve had.”  
Paying her career blessing s forward, Brenda has earmarked the proceeds from her tree to MusiCares, the humanitarian outreach of the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), for whom she’s served as a board member and which serves as the parent organization of the Grammy Awards.   MusiCares offers a broad reach of financial resources and assistance aid to those in need within the music community. 
Brenda’s tree and the additional 15 celebrity trees up for auction for charity through the “Parade Of Trees” at Gaylord Opryland will be available for bidding throughout December to close of bids on December 31st.  They can be viewed and bids placed online at:  www.oprylandparadeoftrees.com

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