Gwen Stefani Listened to Emmy Lou Harris Each Christmas as a Child

by Emily Morgan

Grammy award-winner and “The Voice” coach, Gwen Stefani visited The Hallmark Channel for the first time to talk about her new song and Hallmark’s “Countdown to Christmas” theme song, “Here This Christmas.”

When asked about her Christmas traditions, specifically her must-listens for the holiday season, Stefani revealed she always comes back to one legendary female country artist for the holidays. 

“As a child, we listened to Emmylou Harris’s Light of the Stable. That’s one of my favorite Christmas records.”

Originally released in 1979, Harris’ Christmas album features 10-holiday classics such as “Silent Night,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and “The First Noel.” Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Linda Ronstadt sing the harmony vocals. Rolling Stone placed the album at No. 19 in their 40 Essential Christmas Albums list. 

In addition to Harris’ classic 1979 Christmas album, Stefani also got inspiration from Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas from 1965. 

This past Oct, Stefani released her fourth studio album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas. During her Hallmark interview, she disclosed that she and her fiance, Blake Shelton, played her record to get into the holiday spirit. 

Gwen Stefani Worked with the Late Busbee on the Holiday Song

For the album, Stefani worked with longtime friends and songwriters Justin Tranter and Michael Ryan (professionally known as Busbee.) Busbee also served as the album’s executive producer.

In the interview, Stefani described Busbee’s significance on You Make It Feel Like Christmas. 

“I’m so proud of it, and I wrote it with a really good friend, and he actually passed on. It’s one of those things where every time I hear it it’s even more special because he was literally a genius.”

In the summer of 2019, Busbee was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. He passed away on Sept. 29 of that same year. 

On Sept. 30, Stefani posted on Instagram to pay tribute to her friend, sharing photos of herself, Busbee, and Blake Shelton.