Multi-platinum, GRAMMY® winner Michael W. Smith and America’s Got Talent winner Darci Lynne are thrilled to co-bill A Very Special Christmas. They are excited to bring the merriment with Balsam Hill® starting December 15th here in Greenville, SC! Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, October 11 at 10 AM ET.
Smith states, “This is my absolute favorite time of the year and I am so happy to be back on the road. I am very excited to be teaming up with America’s Got Talent winner, Darci Lynne. It is going to be something extra special.”
Lynne adds “I am so excited to be going on the road with Michael W. Smith! I’ve been counting down the days until Christmas since it’s my favorite holiday. Performing this holiday season is a dream for me, especially with Michael! He is an incredible artist and I can’t wait to learn so much from him as we travel together! This show is going to be magical with Michael and my friends.”
ABOUT MICHAEL W. SMITH
Michael W. Smith has been releasing new music regularly and performing around the world to sold-out crowds for the last 35+ years. During his storied career, he’s written and recorded over 36 No. 1 songs, been honored with three GRAMMY® Awards and 45 Dove Awards, one American Music Award, was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and has sold more than 15 million albums. Amassing an in-depth catalog of achievements, Smith was also recently honored with a star-studded tribute concert in Nashville, TN to celebrate his 35 No. 1s, by a myriad of legendary performers. His recent USA Today, Yahoo! Music and Billboard-acclaimed studio album A Million Lights and Parade, Good Morning America-featured and GRAMMY nominated live worship album Surrounded have together become his 30th and 31st Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart, more than any other solo artist in history. His most recent album STILL Vol. 1, is an atmospheric listening experience of improvisational music coupled with inspirational scriptures. More than just an outstanding songwriter and performer, Smith has given back to the global community throughout his career. Smith has raised funds to battle AIDS in Africa, started Rocketown, a safe haven for young people in Tennessee to meet and find hope; and has helped more than 70,000 children through Compassion International. He has also written several bestselling books, including Old Enough To Know and Friends Are Friends Forever. Michael W. Smith’s heavily praised Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas features collaborations with Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Bono, Michael McDonald and Grant. For more information, visit www.michaelwsmith.com.
ABOUT DARCI LYNNE
Singer / Ventriloquist Darci Lynne is the youngest contestant to ever win NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” garnering over 87M views on AGT’s YouTube and the most votes for a final performance in the history of the show. She won the hearts of America with her sweetheart disposition and undeniable talent. In 2018 she kicked off her national tour selling out her first headlining family friendly show in just six minutes, continually adding shows to meet the overwhelming demand. On the heels of a record-breaking 2020, the gifted Singer/Ventriloquist Darci Lynne has kicked off her 2021 “My Lips Are Sealed (Except When They’re Not) National Tour where she is sharing her passion for performance and bringing her enchanting show from New York to Nevada.
Growing up in Oklahoma, Darci has always been close to her family and relies on their support and encouragement. In her younger years, Darci participated in talent-based pageants to overcome her shyness. She was soon introduced to the art of ventriloquism and decided to try it out for herself. Her hard work, grit and discipline developed from her early days of gymnastics where she practiced thirty hours a week. After only having her first puppet for two weeks, Darci began performing in talent shows in her home state and beyond. She was determined to audition for her first talent show, ultimately leading her to audition for the biggest talent show on television.
The stage is now a platform where Darci can open up and display her incredible talents for the world to see. Her polished, impeccable skill as a ventriloquist at such a young age is jaw dropping and sure to inspire the next generation to keep the craft alive, but when she sings, her voice leaves her audiences breathless. Darci has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, opened for Fergie at Caesar’s Palace on New Year’s Eve, and starred in her own NBC Christmas Special “Darci Lynee: My Hometown Christmas.”
Darci Lynne kicked off 2021 with a bang, starring in Nickelodeon’s hit show “Unfiltered,” which has been renewed for a second season, and she has made appearances in Nick favorites like “All That,” “The Substitute” and “Side Hustle.” She then rocked the stage singing on Nickelodeon’s “2021 Kid’s Choice Awards.”
Darci Lynne’s popularity on stage and TV has expanded onto the social media scene. Darci Lynne’s Instagram has reached over 864K followers @itsdarcilynne and her TikTok profile soared from 7K followers on Jan. 16th to an astounding 2.4M followers and 42.4M total likes. Darci Lynne’s Tik Tok profile can be seen at https://vm.tiktok.com/4KMdEd/
Darci has been seen on “America’s Got Talent,” “America’s Got Talent: Champions,” NBC’s “Little Big Shots,” “Food Networks” kids Baking Championship,” “Ellen,” NBC’s “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” and the “Today Show.” For more information visit darcilynne.com
ABOUT BALSAM BRANDS
The flagship brand of Redwood City-headquartered Balsam Brands is Balsam Hill, renowned worldwide for its superbly crafted, lifelike Christmas Trees inspired by nature. Its exclusive True Needle™ Technology is modeled after real evergreen branches to beautifully replicate nature’s design. Not only known for being life-like, Balsam Hill’s patented technology including Flip Tree™, Instant Evergreen™, Candelight™ LED and Easy Plug™ make assembly easier than ever.
The company was founded in 2006 by Thomas Harman, who was inspired to start Balsam Hill by a family member who was allergic to live trees but still wanted to create a festive atmosphere in his home during the holidays. When Thomas’ search for a lifelike artificial Christmas tree came up empty-handed, he created Balsam Hill to make highly realistic artificial trees.
Today, Balsam Hill creates inspired home décor for all seasons and occasions, including realistic artificial florals that capture the beauty of spring. As a community leader, Balsam Brands engages in a variety of civic activities that help strengthen families and support those in need.