Led by American Idol champ Kelly Clarkson, some of Nashville’s best came together in 2016 for a one-of-a-kind benefit concert, Miracle on Broadway, at Music City’s Bridgestone Arena.
Reba McEntire, Ronnie Dunn, Kelsea Ballerini, RaeLynn, Steve Wariner and Chip Esten were among the stars who participated in the holiday-themed concert to raise funds for four Nashville-area charities.
The song was made popular by Dolly Parton who sang the tune in the movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in 1982. While it does have the word “Christmas” in the title, there is no other lyric in the song that references the holiday! It is simply a song about dreaming for the future in spite of all the struggles you may be going through.
“Lord it’s like a hard candy Christmas
I’m barely getting through tomorrow
But still I won’t let
Sorrow get me way down.”
Parton’s version reached the Top 10 on the country singles charts in the fall of 1982. “Hard Candy Christmas” has since been covered by a long list of artists, from June Carter Cash to LeAnn Rimes, Kelly Clarkson, and even RuPaul!
While promoting the album, McEntire spoke about “Hard Candy Christmas” and said, “It’s a song Dolly Parton recorded years ago and it’s one of my favorite Christmas songs. It’s really sad, but it’s one of my favorites.”
The country music legend delivered a rousing performance of the tune, and it’s definitely worth sharing! Check it out below.