BOSTON - If you are a musician who makes a hit Christmas song or album, then you are pretty much set for life. Artists who have associated themselves with the holiday season, like Mariah Carey, Michael Buble, the Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, and Kacey Musgraves, have a guaranteed annual source of income as the cycle of holiday tunes rotates in their great Christmas songs.
One such musician, who has achieved a status in the industry so legendary that she would not necessarily have to be bothered with producing content ever again, is Dolly Parton.
Parton is the iconic country music singer of such songs as Jolene and Coat of Many Colors, but she's also become a brand unto herself with ventures in other areas, like her theme park, Dollywood. Recently, Parton has been hard at work with writing music and helping to put on the show of Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol, which is now running at the Emerson Colonial Theatre.
Before making an appearance at the theater for the Thursday night premiere, Dolly Parton also opted to make a surprise showing at the Boston Common, where the city was holding its annual ceremony of a Christmas tree lighting, per WHDH. Parton greeted the crowd in a Santa Claus-themed dress before discussing how proud she was to make her dream of a musical become a reality.
While on stage at the Boston Common, Parton was met by Ann-Margaret Ferrante, a state representative from Gloucester, who proclaimed that last Thursday, December 5 would be officially known as Massachusetts' own Dolly Parton Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol Day.
It's a bit of a mouthful and certainly a very specific thing to honor, but Parton was charmed by the notion all the same, accepting the certificate with aplomb. And when the tree finally went up, it looked absolutely gorgeous. A magical night all around.
In addition to her musical, Parton was also helping to promote her new podcast, Dolly Parton's America, and her new Netflix series, Dolly Parton's Heartstrings. I guess we are in something of a Dollyssaince!
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