Dolly Parton Opens up About Duet With Her Brother on New Christmas Album

by Jennifer Shea
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Dolly Parton is releasing a Christmas album, “A Holly Dolly Christmas,” which will be her first in 30 years. And on the album, the singer duets with her brother Randy.

The song, “You Are My Christmas,” also features Dolly Parton’s niece Heidi Parton, Randy’s daughter, The Boot reports.

In an interview posted on her website, Parton talks about what it was like growing up in a family of 12. And she shares how Randy inspired her to write the song in the first place.

Randy, Parton said, was the family’s “Christmas baby.” He was born close to Christmas and he was like a little doll.

“We used to cry for one of those walking, talking dolls when we were kids, that we’d see in the catalog,” Parton recalled. “Or, some of our relatives that had a little more than we did, they’d get one. So I remember the year that Randy was born around Christmas, Mama said, ‘Hey, come here, look. We’ve got your own walking, talking doll. He actually cries real tears, he pees real pee, and he’s like your walking, talking doll.'”

In the interview, Parton also explained the genesis of the Christmas album. She had been working on it for awhile. But it was only when the pandemic hit that she found the time to finish it, she said.

“A few years back, I had thought about doing a Christmas album,” she said. “And I was kind of working on it, and then I started doing promotion on the ‘Dumplin’’ movie that I did with Jennifer Aniston, so I put it on hold. But when the COVID hit, we were all kinda holed up anyway. And I thought, ‘Oh, what a perfect time for me to write some new songs and continue with the Christmas album.’”