NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 16, 2016) – It’s an interview fans won’t want to miss, as three-time GRAMMY® award-winning country music icon Charley Pride appears on "Tavis Smiley," December 16. The nationally syndicated talk-show airs on PBS, and is hosted by TV personality Tavis Smiley. During the award-winning program, Pride and Smiley will discuss the 36-time chart topper’s 50-year career, which has landed him dozens of awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Tavis Smiley is known as one of television’s best interviewers, and he has been a fixture on the PBS late-night lineup since 2004. During the candid interview, Pride opens up about his storied life, which includes beating all of the odds and going on to become one of the most iconic country stars of all time.

Charlie Pride on "Tavis Smiley"
December 16 / PBS
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The former CMA winner for “Entertainer of the Year” has experienced resurgence in 2016, celebrating his 50th year as a country music recording artist. In addition to being featured on the No. 1 song, “Forever Country” alongside Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and more, Pride also appeared on “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” performing his signature hit “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” in the show’s opening segment, joined by Brad Paisley.

About Charley Pride:
Charley Pride celebrates his 50th anniversary as a recording artist this year. He has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in the history of country music and is credited with helping to break color barriers by becoming the first black superstar within the genre. A true living legend, he has sold tens of millions of records worldwide with his large repertoire of hits. A three-time Grammy award winner, Pride has garnered no less than 36 chart-topping country hits, including “Kiss An Angel Good Morning,” a massive #1 crossover hit that sold over a million singles and helped Pride land the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award in 1971 and the “Top Male Vocalist” awards of 1971 and 1972. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry, Pride continues to perform concerts worldwide and has toured the United States, Canada, Ireland, The United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand over the last several years. For more information, visit