When Dailey & Vincent announced their Christmas album, The Sounds of Christmas, fans quickly took sight of another famous name among the track list. The name belongs to Dolly Parton, who lent her voice to the original track, “Road to Bethlehem.”
Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent first heard the song after a friend of a friend had pitched it to them. The demo featured a female voice as harmony and lead in one of the verses. The men decided to keep a female presence among their new version and aimed high when it came to their ideal collaborator.
“I sent it to her with the lyrics and… a long shot because she’s so busy, especially with Dollywood,” admitted Vincent in an exclusive video premiering on Sounds Like Nashville.
Thankfully, Parton agreed to join the Grand Ole Opry members and brought the song to life in the way only she could.
“She was so gracious to have just a short amount of time to sing for us and man, it was so good. I remember I was just crying and just so thankful that she took time to help us make memories of Christmas so special for all of our fans and for us on this Christmas record,” shared Vincent, with Dailey adding that she put her “lasting legacy” on the tune.
Parton was also thrilled to be featured on the Christmas song, saying “I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful song ‘Road to Bethlehem.’ I love Dailey & Vincent and I love how we sound singing together. I am so glad they asked me to sing on it with them.”
See what Dailey & Vincent had to say about working with Parton and how “Road to Bethlehem” came to be in the videos above.
Pick up your copy of Dailey & Vincent’s The Sounds of Christmas here.
Dailey & Vincent: The Sounds of Christmas Track Listing:
1. Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
2. Mary Did You Know
3. Road to Bethlehem featuring Dolly Parton
4. Go Thee Down
5. Let it Snow
6. The Spirit of Christmas
7. Carol of the Bells
8. It’s a Very Merry Christmas
9. Mr. Grinch
10. Silver Bells (Bonus Track)
11. Frosty the Snowman
12. Tonight’s It’s Christmas featuring Ricky Skaggs (Bonus Track)
13. Christmas Medley
14. Jingle Bells
15. Little Town of Bethlehem
16. Go Tell It on The Mountain
Dailey & Vincent’s A Springer Mountain Farms Chicken Christmas Tour Dates:
Nov. 24 The Lincoln Theatre – Marion, Va.
Nov. 29 Knoxville Performing Arts Center – Knoxville, Iowa
Nov. 30 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Dec. 1 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Dec. 2 The Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College – Council Bluffs, Iowa
Dec. 5 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Dec. 6 Blue Gate Theater – Shipshewana, Ind.
Dec. 7 The Wilson Center – Brookfield, Wis.
Dec. 8 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Dec. 10 Arlington Music Hall – Arlington, Texas
Dec. 11 Stephen F. Austin State University – Nacogdoches, Texas
Dec. 12 The Palace Theatre – Corsicana, Texas
Dec. 15 Renfro Valley Entertainment Center – Mt Vernon, Ky.
Dec. 16 Meramec Music Theatre – Steelville, Mo.