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Country music duo Thompson Square hands out toys during the 2011 CSX Santa Train.
Country music duo Thompson Square hands out toys during the 2011 CSX Santa Train.
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KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Six-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Amy Grant will be the celebrity guest on the Santa Train when it makes its 72nd journey to bring gifts to Appalachian families on Saturday, Nov. 22.


She will accompany Santa and event sponsors CSX, Dignity U Wear, Food City and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce on the 110-mile trek. Fans can use the hashtag #santatrain14 to engage in the Santa Train conversation on social media.


“I’m incredibly excited to be the celebrity guest on this year’s Santa Train,” Grant said. “It’s important to give back to the community, especially during the holidays, and I’m glad I can help.”


2014 promises to be a big year for Grant, who is scheduled to release her first-ever album of remixes on Aug. 19. “In Motion: The Remixes” is available for pre-order on iTunes now and includes an instant download of her remix for “Baby, Baby” featuring Dave Aude.


“We are thrilled to have a beloved performer like Amy Grant join us on the Santa Train,” said Tori Kaplan, AVP-corporate social responsibility for CSX. “Her music has a special impact on families during the holidays, and her presence will be an invaluable addition to the holiday spirit on the Santa Train.”


Grant has been performing music for more than 30 years, and she is widely credited with paving the way for the contemporary Christian genre. She has won countless awards during her career, including six GRAMMY® awards, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


The Santa Train makes 14 stops through Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee and delivers toys and winter accessories to thousands of children and families along the way.


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