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Enchanted glow: Country singer Brandy Clark films Christmas special in Santa Fe

Country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark recorded a Christmas special in Santa Fe. (Courtesy of Thomas Crabtree)

Santa Fe has a special place in Brandy Clark’s heart.

The Grammy-nominated country music singer-songwriter often finds herself inspired by the feel of the city.

“I fell in love with Santa Fe because my manager has a house here,” she says. “It was about four or five years ago. She suggested that I do a songwriting retreat here. I come here usually for a month, and I have two different songwriters coming in.”

Clark was approached about doing a Christmas special for the Circle Network.

Immediately, she knew she wanted to film it in Santa Fe.

“Christmas From Here, There and Everywhere” will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, on Circle Network, which is available through The Roku Channel, Samsung TV Plus, XUMO and VIZIO free channels.

Clark says she will treat viewers to a special Christmas show from Santa Fe that will also feature guest performances from an A-list roster including Melissa Etheridge, Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde, Reyna Roberts, Charlie Worsham and CAM. Each performer will be covering traditional and contemporary Christmas tunes.

Clark says everyone loved the idea of filming in Santa Fe, because it feels very Christmassy.

“The night we filmed, it was the coldest night since I got here,” she says. “It was about 22 degrees, but it was gorgeous. We built a fire and had farolitos set up.”

The special was filmed at the casita at her manager’s home.

Clark says picking the songs was difficult.

“Honestly, now I understand why people choose the songs that they choose,” she says of Christmas songs. “We did it fast and inexpensively. We needed to find public domain Christmas songs. I had so many of the guests that wanted to do original songs. I tried to do songs that would be uplifting, because we’ve all had a year like no other.”

Clark will get a chance to visit her mom for the holidays after lying low for months this year.

“This was also my first Thanksgiving where I had to cook,” she says with a laugh. “I have so much more appreciation for what my mom did. I’ve always showed up with a Costco pumpkin pie. My mom would work all day cooking for us. Seeing her will be my highlight of the season.”

Clark hopes the Christmas special will become an annual event for her.

“My hope is that it will bring joy to people,” she says. “Maybe I can tie it in with the writing retreat next year.”

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