“Finding Christmas” is most notable, though, for the presence of J. T. Hodges, normally a country singer but here an actor. Mr. Hodges, a newcomer to the acting thing, is surprisingly good, and the script also leads his character to an open-mike night in which he sings a delightful “Joy to the World...” – The New York Times

Romantic possibilities are plentiful when country music star J.T. Hodges makes his acting debut alongside Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”), Mark Lutz (“Ghost Whisperer”) and Cristina Rosato (“Perfect Plan”) in the World Premiere of “Finding Christmas,” a Hallmark Channel Original Movie Sunday, December 15 (8pm ET/PT, 7C), part of the network’s celebrated “Countdown to Christmas,” TV’s top holiday destination. 

In harmony with the “Finding Christmas” movie, Hodges offers viewers a modern country take on the holiday classic “Joy To The World,” performed in the movie by Hodges and available now on iTunes http://smarturl.it/JTJTTWiTunes. Hodges’ own arrangement of the classic marks the first time he has released a Christmas/holiday song in conjunction with a network film release. 

“Finding Christmas” is about single mother Ryan (played by Helfer) who has just given up on dating after her divorce, happily accepting her young son as the most important man in her life. That all changes when Ryan’s brother Owen (played by Hodges), also feeling unlucky in love after a bad breakup, swaps his home in their small North Carolina town with New York City adman Sean (played by Lutz). Ryan feels an instant spark with her new neighbor, but Sean, who signed up for the temporary home swap after a proposal gone wrong, is out of his comfort zone in his new rural surroundings. He quickly discovers the magic involved with taking chances and starts opening up to romantic possibilities around free-spirited Ryan.

On the other end of the housing exchange, aspiring musician Owen (JT Hodges) is charmed when he meets Sean’s sassy assistant Mia (played by Rosato) in New York City. The brash Mia is just the right person to help Owen snap out of his rut and take a real chance on his music career. As Owen acclimates to his swanky New York City digs with Mia’s help, he begins to realize Mia might be just the right girl for him. With Christmas approaching and the home swap nearing an end, the future for both relationships is up in the air and it’s anyone’s guess if the temporary holiday arrangements lead to long lasting love. In “Finding Christmas,” JT Hodges performs the holiday song “Joy to the World” when he goes to an open-mic night at a New York City Club with his new love interest, Mia. Knowing Owen plays around his home town in North Carolina, Mia encourages him to play because of the people who will be attending from the radio networks. “Finding Christmas” is a Chesler/Perlmutter Production.

"I've always loved performance art period. It was choir and musicals in high school and then on to theatre and television studies in college. I’ve always been passionate about cinema, as a viewer and an actor, and my parents always gave me the encouragement I needed to pursue the Arts while growing up. Names like Paul Newman, Robin Williams, Oliver Stone and Steven Spielberg will always have my praise,” said JT Hodges.  “Being able to work on this movie with Hallmark Channel was an amazing experience and opportunity for me. I'm very thankful and excited that all of my fans now get to see another side of my artistry."

Fans of Hodges can enjoy the movie right along with him as the star will be tweeting live during the broadcast on Sunday, December 15th beginning at 8pm EST/7pm CST. Hodges will also tweet with his West Coast fans when it airs the same night at 8pm PST. To join J.T. during the movie’s premiere airing fans can go to www.twitter.com/hellojthodges

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          JT Hodges is an artist who arrived in Music City in 2010 and hasn’t looked back since. Hodges arrived with his original music style and a personality as big as his home state of Texas and immediately caught the eye of Nashville. He has toured with Toby Keith, Eric Church, Eli Young Band and Miranda Lambert and has performed several times on the legendary stage of the Grand Ole Opry. In May of 2012, Hodges released “Goodbyes Made You Mine” and the music video quickly racked up over 1 million views. JT recently completed co-writing “Let’s Go Home” with mega-award winning country solo artist Ronnie Dunn. Adding to his list of accolades, the popular singer/songwriter can now ink in actor to his long list of credits with a starring role in the Hallmark Channel film “Finding Christmas” which will premiere December 15, 2013. His newest album is set to release in 2014. For more information go to www.jthodges.com, www.facebook.com/jthodgesmusic and www.twitter.com/hellojthodges