Joy to the World: Dolly Parton Releasing First Christmas Album in 30 Years
Tré Goins-Phillips | FaithWire | 13th August 2020
It’s been a tough year for everyone, so why not kick off the holidays a little early this year?
Country music legend Dolly Parton announced this week she will be releasing a new Christmas album on Oct. 2. It will be her first holiday offering in three decades and will feature collaborations with her goddaughter Miley Cyrus, big band crooner Michael Bublé, late-night comedian Jimmy Fallon, and entertainment icon Willie Nelson, among others.
The 74-year-old Parton told People she wanted the album, “A Holly Dolly Christmas,” to be “cute and clever,” noting the title was inspired by the famous Burl Ives classic, “A Holly Jolly Christmas.”
“He used to be on all of my Christmas specials through the years,” Parton told the magazine of Ives. “I think of him as ‘Mr. Christmas.’ I thought, ‘Why don’t I call it something cute and clever like that, or ‘Deck the Halls with Boughs of Dolly’ — something corny like that.”
The first track on the upcoming record will be “Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas” — a duet between Parton and Bublé. It turns out 2020 isn’t all bad, after all.
She’s also teaming up with Fallon for a special rendition of Mariah Carey’s holiday staple, “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Parton and Fallon decided to record the collaboration after she appeared on his late-night show a couple years ago, when the comedian asked her to sing Carey’s hit Christmas classic. At the time, Parton recalled, she (somehow) didn’t know the song.
“I thought, ‘What other songs are really hot?’ And I thought, ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You,’” Parton said. “Jimmy Fallon, a couple of years ago, I was on his show around Christmas and he asked me to sing that, and I didn’t know it, and I felt so bad.”
“So,” she continued, “I went and I learned it and I was just going to put it on my album and then I went, ‘I’ll ask Jimmy Fallon to sing it with me!’ And he said yes, so I’m really excited about that.”
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Parton said the parts for each of her collaborations were recorded separately. Some of the tracks were done before the pandemic, “but then we went in and started doing our vocals.”
“We’ve been very smart, very careful, because we’re trying to protect ourselves and I’m an older person,” she explained.