The family ties are stronger than ever between Dolly Parton and Billy Ray Cyrus and Dolly’s goddaughter, Miley Cyrus!
Christmas is such a special time of year, and a great deal of planning and preparation goes into big family gatherings that celebrate the season. This year, Dolly Parton began planning her holiday gathering back in June. Dolly focused her creative energy on recording a new holiday album, which would become her first Christmas release in 30 years. She knew she wanted to share this experience with her family and dear friends, and among those special people in her life are Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus.
Dolly’s love for the Cyrus family goes all the way back to when Billy Ray toured with her in the 90s. And Dolly has a special fondness for Miley. Dolly said,
“I’ve known Miley before she was even born, I rubbed on her mama’s belly knowing that she was going to be kind of like my little goddaughter. Because Billy Ray and I had got to know each other, we performed together when he had ‘Achy Breaky Heart.’”
Dolly penned a new song entitled “Christmas Is” and set it aside for what would become her first holiday recording with her goddaughter, Miley Cyrus. The tender ballad emphasizes the truest emotions that fill our hearts during the Christmas season; love, kindness, compassion and giving. Dolly initiated this new collaboration when she sent Miley a fax with the request. Yes, you read that right, Dolly Parton’s preferred way of communication is through her trusty fax machine. On The Graham Norton Show, the host asked Miley if Dolly called her to sing on the holiday album and she responded with an enthusiastic “She faxed me!” Miley also outed her dad for owning a fax machine and two Blackberry phones.
A Holly Dolly Christmas reunites Dolly and former duet partner Billy Ray Cyrus. Dolly may have bypassed her fax machine to reach out to Billy Ray. Dolly said,
“I really was happy that they both said ‘Yeah.’ I knew that Billy Ray would say ‘Yeah.’ I knew I’d have to run Miley down…but she’ll do anything I ask her to do if she has the time.”
Just like she did with Miley, Dolly had a special song in mind for Billy Ray. “Christmas Where We Are,” a song written by Dolly’s niece Jada Star and her singing partner Barry J has an upbeat holiday swing to it. The song’s cheerful message reminds everyone that the true joy of Christmas is found in the love we share with friends and family, much like the special bond shared between these three artists that transcends music.
“Christmas Where We Are” and “Christmas Is” are sure to be fan-favorites and holiday hits.
Dolly’s 1993 release, Slow Dancing With the Moon, included a duet with Billy Ray on “Romeo.” Also, Dolly and Miley recorded “Rainbowland” together on Miley’s 2017 release, Younger Now.
A Holly Dolly Christmas
Available now, A Holly Dolly Christmas is Dolly’s first holiday album in 30 years. This festive collection of music includes treasured Christmas songs we all know and love, as well as five original tunes written by Dolly, one she co-wrote with Kent Wells and one written by her niece, Jada Star, with co-writer Barry Jobe. The album features incredible duets with some of Dolly’s dearest friends, including Michael Bublé, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon and Willie Nelson and also spotlights a special song with her brother, Randy Parton, and niece, Heidi Parton.
Beloved global entertainment icon, Dolly Parton releases “A Holly Dolly Christmas,” her first holiday album in 30 years.
GRAMMY Award-winning entertainment and international icon Dolly Parton has released her Christmas album, “A Holly Dolly Christmas” today. Releasing on Butterfly Records in partnership with 12Tone Music, the album is her first holiday release in 30 years and includes some of the timeless Christmas songs we all know and love, as well as a few original tracks. Five of the 12 tracks were written solely by Dolly with one additional co-write with Kent Wells. Duet partners and featured artists on the album include some of Dolly’s dearest friends including Michael Bublé, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon, Willie Nelson, Darren and Rhonda Vincent, plus a special song with her brother, Randy Parton.
“I’ve never been more excited about a project in my whole career than my Holly Dolly Christmas album,” says Dolly. “I’m singing with some of the greatest artists ever on some of our favorite classic Christmas songs and a few new ones that I have written. I hope we all have a Holly Dolly Christmas this year!”
Miley Cyrus’ new album features Dolly Parton on “Rainbowland”
Miley Cyrus invited fairy godmother Dolly Parton to sing on her new recording project. “Younger Now” is Miley’s sixth studio album and is set for release on Sep. 29. Dolly is featured on a track called “Rainbowland.” When asked about recording with Dolly, Miley said,
“This is the most exciting thing I’ve ever done in my life. Singing with Dolly is a dream come true.”
Miley recorded one of Dolly’s signature hits, “Jolene” on “The Backyard Sessions” back in 2012. And on season 11 of NBC’s “The Voice” the pair performed the song with Pentatonix. The performance aired just days after destructive wildfires affected parts of the Smoky Mountains near Dolly’s childhood home in East Tennessee. When Dolly set up The My People Fund to assist those who lost their homes, Miley joined a host of others to support the cause.
Of course, Dolly’s history with the Cyrus family goes way back to the early 1990s. Miley’s dad, Billy Ray Cyrus joined several artists on Dolly’s 1993 recording of “Romeo” from her 31st solo album, “Slow Dancing With the Moon.” The song earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. A few years later Dolly made several guest appearances as “Aunt Dolly” on Miley’s television show, “Hannah Montana.” The episodes of the Disney hit which featured Dolly were, “Good Golly Miss Dolly,” “Kiss it all Goodbye” and “I Will Always Loathe You.”
Dolly’s fans and Miley’s fans alike are certain to enjoy their 2017 collaboration.
NBC’s “The Voice” welcomes back one of it’s most popular guests, Dolly Parton on Nov. 29.
Dolly Parton will make a special guest appearance on NBC’s “The Voice” on Nov. 29 where she will perform “Circle of Love” with Jennifer Nettles from her new movie set to air the following night. Dolly and the a cappella group Pentatonix will also join Miley Cyrus in a special performance of “Jolene.”
Miley Cyrus, Dolly’s goddaughter, has enjoyed an exciting season as a coach alongside Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and host Carson Daly.
Dolly’s appearance on “The Voice” is just part of several guest spots in support of the new film. Dolly will grace the cover of the Nov 27th issue of “Parade” magazine and will have a feature in “US Weekly.” She will appear on “The REAL,” a daytime syndicated talk show on Nov. 30. Plus, viewers can catch Dolly on “Christmas In Rockefeller Center” which airs on NBC at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST, Nov. 30 just before the world premiere of “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.”
Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, Gerald McCraney and Alyvia Alyn Lind will co-star in the upcoming holiday movie “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” airing Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST with Dolly Parton making a special guest appearance. In the two-hour movie, the Partons, a family of humble means living in the mountains of East Tennessee, face a devastating event that challenges their will. But when they experience a bewildering Christmas miracle, the Partons are drawn closer together than ever — with deepened faith and love for one another.
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Dolly plays ‘Aunt Dolly’ on Disney’s ‘Hannah Montana’
Dolly appeared several times between 2006 and 2010 on Miley Cyrus’ hit show “Hannah Montana” as Aunt Dolly, Hannah’s godmother. The character was a Nashville native who lived with her husband, Uncle Pete (who never appeared on camera).