NASHVILLE, TN Monday Sep.3.2007 / -- Diamond Rio, has signed with Word Records and will release their first Christmas project, October 9, 2007.

For years they have wanted to record a Christmas project and with the recent Word label signing the timing was perfect. A Diamond Rio Christmas: The Star Still Shines will feature classic holiday songs along with the original title track. The CD will be distributed by Word Distribution in the CBA and Country markets.

"It is a very exciting time being in Diamond Rio right now,˛ says Jimmy Olander, who plays electric and acoustic guitar for the group. łThe folks at Word share with us, not only a great passion for the music, but an even greater passion for the message. This is a great fit."

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