She will also sing at three associated receptions, including one for Congressional representatives.
The 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is a 73-foot Engelmann Spruce that was harvested near Meeker, Colo., in early November. For 23 days, it traveled to towns and cities across the U.S. on a custom-decorated, Mack Pinnacle truck driven by former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell.
TCA and several industry partners sponsored stops in Dallas and Nashville, both of which included performances by Lawler. She also sang at the initial kickoff celebration in Colorado.
Lawler became involved with the tree when she wrote a song that was chosen as the project's official theme for 2012. Beating out nearly 300 competitors, "Standing Tall" describes the tree's journey across America and its symbolism as a "light in the dark for us all." The lyrics also praise those who fight for freedom so that Americans can continue to live the American Dream. To listen to the song, visit the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree's website at http://bit.ly/11kQK9k.
"I was thrilled to write the winning song, one that speaks to the importance of the People's Tree," Lawler says. "It's a beautiful symbol of unity for our nation. The fact that the tree has traveled from Colorado to Washington by truck makes this project even more important to me, because I love being affiliated with the trucking industry through TCA. I am proud to say a truck was the vehicle that delivered this wonderful tree to the people of the United States."
Chris Burruss, TCA president, and Deborah Sparks, TCA's vice president of development, plan to escort Lawler to the tree lighting ceremony and her other performances.
The tree lighting ceremony takes place at 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 4. Afterward, visitors can view "The People's Tree" nightly from dusk to 11 p.m. throughout the holiday season. For more details, visit http://capitolchristmastree2012.org.