Country legend Dolly Parton wants to help her fans kick off the holiday season with a live Christmas special streaming on Pandora, where she’ll perform songs off of her newest Christmas album, A Holly Dolly Christmas.
The special, fittingly called Dolly Parton and Friends, will feature performances from the iconic singer, as well as some of the new faces in the music industry. Grammy-winning gospel singer Tasha Cobbs Leonard, “I Hope You’re Happy Now” singer Carly Pearce, and Sunday Drive songwriter Bret Eldridge will also perform and be interviewed as part of the show.
The performances will take place in a seasonally decorated Nashville studio, with Parton’s backing band. According to a press release obtained by Newsweek, the performers will be interviewed about their favorite Parton-related memories, as well as their usual holiday traditions. “Additionally, children around the country will act as the evening’s interviewers, asking Dolly about her holiday traditions in a special ‘Dear Dolly’ segment,” the press release states.
The show will stream for free on December 4 at 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. PT) on Pandora’s live stream page. The announcement encourages fans to sign on at least 15 minutes early “for exclusive pre-show activities, including artist trivia, the ability to chat with other fans, and more.”
Fans can RSVP to the show on Pandora’s website by entering their name and email address.
Besides the performances and interviews, there will be plenty to keep fans entertained and engaged. There’s the aforementioned pre-show trivia, a virtual photo booth sponsored by Meow Mix and a chat sponsored by Wendy’s.
And, in keeping with the holiday spirit, there’s also a charitable component to the show. “Pandora and flavor brand McCormick will be partnering for a charitable donation to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and encourage viewers to get involved and give the gift of reading this holiday season,” the press release says.
Parton released A Holly Dolly Christmas in October. It’s Parton’s first Christmas album in 30 years, with the previous being 1990’s Home for Christmas. The new album features some holiday classics, like “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” “All I Want for Christmas is You” (with Jimmy Fallon) and, of course, “Holly Jolly Christmas.” It also features a handful of new original songs by Parton, along with some new duets, like “Christmas Is” featuring Miley Cyrus and “Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas” with Michael Bublé.
Parton’s publicist did not respond to Newsweek’s emailed request for comment in time for publication.
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