Dolly Parton Releases ‘Mary, Did You Know?’ From Upcoming Christmas Album

Dolly Parton is getting fans into the Christmas spirit a bit early this year with the upcoming release of A…


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August 21, 2020


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Dolly Parton is getting fans into the Christmas spirit a bit early this year with the upcoming release of A Holly Dolly Christmas, her first holiday album in 30 years.

Ahead of the project’s October 2 release, the worldwide superstar shared her beautiful take on the iconic faith-filled track, “Mary, Did You Know?”

“‘Mary, Did You Know?’ is one of the greatest, sweetest, well-written songs that I’ve ever had the chance to sing on,” says Dolly. “When I was recording it, I got very emotional. It is to me what Christmas is about and I’m proud to be able to sing it for my upcoming album.”

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Parton enlisted a star-studded group of artists to join her on A Holly Dolly Christmas, including her goddaughter, Miley Cyrus, as well as Billy Ray Cyrus, Michael Bublé, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Fallon.

Her brother, Randy Parton, will also join her on the project.

“I thought, ‘I think I’ll call it A Holly Dolly Christmas because I love the song “A Holly Jolly Christmas” with Burl Ives. He used to be on all of my Christmas specials all through the years. I think of him as Mr. Christmas. I thought, ‘Why don’t do I call it something cute and clever, like that or Deck the Halls with Boughs of Dolly, something corny like that,’” Parton previously shared with Billboard.

Fans can pre-order A Holly Dolly Christmas now by clicking HERE.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.