The War And Treaty Deliver Powerful Performance During “Christmas At Graceland”

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The War and Treaty sing “If I Can Dream” for the first-ever Christmas at Graceland TV special.

The spirit of Elvis Presley came alive for the new holiday special Christmas at Graceland, where stars gathered at his residence to rejoice in the holiday spirit by performing a variety of Elvis’ beloved songs. It was “the first live musical televised holiday special of its kind at the estate.” The special aired on Wednesday night (November 29) at 10 PM ET.

Broadcasting live from Elvis’ Graceland Estate, The War and Treaty joined other prominent music figures, including Lainey Wilson, Kane Brown, Kacey Musgraves, John Legend, Lana Del Rey, Post Malone, and Alanis Morissette.

The musical duo composed of husband and wife,  Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter, has achieved notable success in the music industry. Amazing harmonies and soulful vibes—fans can’t get enough. Mixing up soul, folk, and gospel, the pair has nailed a fresh sound in country music today.

This year, the duo earned Grammy and CMA award nominations and secured the title of Duo/Group of the Year at the Americana Music Honors & Awards.

‘Tis the season, and as Elvis enthusiasts well know, the King had a deep love for Christmas.

In 1957, Elvis dropped a Christmas album that went on to be his top-selling record of the decade, featuring timeless tunes such as “Blue Christmas,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” and “Silent Night,” alongside some fresh tracks. Even after his passing, Elvis’ Graceland Estate keeps the Christmas spirit alive. Annually, the halls of Graceland are adorned with festive decorations, earning them the distinguished title of the “#1 Best Holiday Historic Home Tour” for four consecutive years.

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Christmas at Graceland was produced by Elvis’ granddaughter, Riley Keough, the only child of the late Lisa Marie Presley.

Keough said in a statement:

My family and I are elated to open the doors to Graceland in this first-of-its-kind special. With intimate musical performances drawing inspiration from my grandfather Elvis’s cherished Christmases in Memphis, viewers will be invited to experience firsthand the magic that is Christmas at Graceland.

The War and Treaty paid tribute to Elvis by singing “If I Can Dream” from Elvis’ Christmas Album.

During Christmas at Graceland, The War and Treaty performed their rendition of Elvis’ iconic “If I Can Dream.” The song was written for Presley and was recorded in June 1968, just two months after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. It was released as the final song on Elvis’s ’68 Comeback Special.

In an exclusive interview with American Songwriter before the TV special aired, The War and Treaty expressed their excitement to be involved in the project.

“Graceland is historic all year ’round. However, during the Christmas season, the mansion comes alive with a mesmerizing sparkle. The holiday special is not merely a time of celebration, but a chance to honor the enduring legacy of Elvis Presley as well as preserve the essence of Elvis’ festive spirit. We can embrace the magic of Christmas and enjoy the timeless allure of Graceland.”


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