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November 21st, 2007 12:56pm EST
Mannheim SteamrollerU.S. troops overseas and veterans here at home will get an early "present in their holiday stocking" as Mannheim Steamroller, along with their fans and the VFW Foundation partner for a week-long promotion to bring America's favorite Christmas music to military service members and their families.

To celebrate Thanksgiving and the approaching holiday season, beginning Monday, Nov. 19 running through Sunday, Nov. 25, for every purchase of the new holiday CD, Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas Song, the band will donate a Christmas CD to the VFW Foundation, who will deliver them to active military personnel, veterans and their families. This includes ANY retail purchase of the new Christmas album, at any store or online.

Davis"As we reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving this holiday season, I am so deeply grateful, especially after visiting Walter Reed Hospital earlier this year. To all the men and women serving overseas and the veterans here at home, I hope this Christmas CD will express our appreciation and thanks for their unselfish service," said Chip Davis, founder of Mannheim Steamroller.

The CD, which features guest vocalists Olivia Newton-John and Johnny Mathis, Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas Song includes 12 holiday classics and new original compositions. The album, already at platinum status, is the first new Mannheim Steamroller Christmas studio release since the multi-platinum Christmas Extraordinaire in 2001.

Mannheim Steamroller kicks-off its annual Christmas tour in Boise, Idaho, on Nov. 20 and will perform in 13 cities. Tour information is available at www.mannheimsteamroller.com.

Mannheim Steamroller is the #1-selling Christmas artist of all time and one of the top 50 best-selling artists of the last two decades, outselling such top artists as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Sting, REM, Michael Jackson and Bon Jovi. Composer and creator Chip Davis started Mannheim Steamroller more than 30 years ago with his Grammy Award-winning Fresh Aire series. With more than 32 million albums sold, an annual Christmas tour that is consistently ranked as the best selling of any artist, a successful Mannheim Steamroller gourmet food line, and a new medical endeavor helping hospital patients recover quicker through audio technology (Ambience Medical), Chip Davis is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the music industry.