Track is lead single from A Holly Dolly Christmas
GRAMMY Award-winning entertainment and international icon Dolly Parton announces the release of “Mary, Did You Know?” from her upcoming Christmas album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, available everywhere on October 2nd. The classic holiday tune follows a series of Christian faith-based releases from Parton including the No. 1 platinum single and Grammy winning song, with four-time Grammy award-winning Christian pop duo, For King & Country, “God Only Knows,” which she performed with the duo at the 2019 CMA Awards. That same evening Parton took the stage with Grammy award-winning Christian artist, Zach Williams, to perform their hit song, “There Was Jesus.” The track is Parton’s first Top 10 single on Hot Christian Songs and Christian Airplay charts, and is currently Top 5 and climbing on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs & Christian Airplay charts this week. Parton’s steadfast connection to her faith has been a theme throughout her legendary career, from her childhood in the east Tennessee mountains singing hymns at church with her family, to now when the world can collectively use a little something more to believe in.
“‘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.”
Releasing on Butterfly Records in partnership with 12Tone Music, A Holly Dolly Christmas is Parton’s first holiday album 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 Parton with one additional co-write with Kent Wells. Duet partners and featured artists on the album are some of Parton’s dearest friends including Michael Bublé, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon and Willie Nelson, plus a special song with her brother, Randy Parton.
Parton has also announced her partnership with Chronicle Books to release Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics. The visual memoir and annotated songbook will give an intimate look at Parton’s enduring career as a songwriter, musician, and country legend. Fans will have access to the stories behind the lyrics in Parton’s own words with never-before-seen photographs and memorabilia, bringing them closer to her work than ever before. The Recorded Books audiobook form and CD of Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics will be available on November 17th.