With “Dare the World” taking off, more artists expressed interest in joining Major Rising. As a direct result of the escalating appeal, the second chapter to the project was almost immediately launched. Joining the existing cast were Aaron and Thea Tippin, Pam Tillis, David Pomeroy, Becky Hobbs, Kathie Baillie, Lila McCann, and Shawn King. Together, they created “Christmas Is”, an album that ambitiously set out to become far more than just another disc rotating in the CD changer during the holidays. In addition to weaving together a wonderful combination of songs, it also served to promote an “Online Virtual Angel Tree” to help bring smiles to our nation’s children that are in the “system”, that are ill, or whose families are serving in uniform or have simply fallen on difficult times.
Working in conjunction with Operation Troop Aid, The Melodical Hearts Foundation was also able to send 1,000 copies of the “Christmas Is” CD/DVD to deployed troops. All of the involved artists and their fans combined their efforts to demonstrate the power of compassion among country artists and listeners, making the second phase of Major Rising a complete success.