- By Ken Werther
This holiday season, international superstar Dolly Parton has released her first full-length Christmas album in 30 years! Featuring a delicious mix of reimagined holiday standards and new originals, A Holly Dolly Christmas includes guest appearances by Michael Bublé, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon (yes, that Jimmy Fallon!), Willie Nelson, and Parton’s brother Randy. Produced by Kent Wells with Dolly serving as executive producer, this is her 47th solo studio album. It’s only her third Christmas album, following Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers (1984) and Home for Christmas (1990). The album has hit number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums and Top Holiday Albums charts and it has received positive reviews from music critics.
Yuletide favorites on this new album include Holly Jolly Christmas, All I Want for Christmas is You, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, and Mary, Did You Know? New music includes Christmas Is, Christmas on the Square, and Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas (all written by Dolly), Pretty Paper (penned by Willie Nelson), and more. To help you get into the holiday mood, Dolly and Jimmy Fallon will be performing during NBC’s annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center tree-lighting ceremony on December 2 and then, on December 6, CBS-TV is presenting a special called, appropriately enough, A Holly Dolly Christmas. Dolly will be sharing personal holiday stories interspersed with songs from the album. Merry Christmas!
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