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Sarah Darling Embraces the Holiday Season

Dec 11, 2013 -- 9:38am

The holiday season is a time of giving, and Sarah Darling is doing just that with the release of a Christmas album and a charity show she'll be hosting near Nashville.

Have a Merry Little Christmas Darling, an independently-released project, features her interpretations of perennial favorites "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)," "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "Silent Night," along with Joni Mitchell's emotional ballad, "River." She'll be joined by several of her singer-songwriter friends for the Sarah Darling and Friends Acoustic Christmas concert set for Friday (Dec. 13) at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn. During a recent interview with CMT.com, Darling talked about her love of the season, her favorite holiday memories and what's in store for 2014.

"Christmas is my favorite time of year," she says. "I think it's one of those times where you're kind of whisked away to when you were younger and immediately listening to Christmas music is just so special to you." For her EP, the Iowa native says, "I picked the songs that were special to me."

Darling chose to kick off the project with "The Christmas Song." "That's always been one of my favorites," she said. "Nat King Cole's version will always forever be the best version. And I decided to keep it really classic and traditional."

Describing Mitchell's "River" as "one of the most gorgeous songs ever," Darling has known for years she wanted to cover it. "When I was younger, I used to hear it and think, 'Gosh, if I ever got a chance, I'd love to cut that song,'" she said. Recording the track was a new venture because it's never been covered by a country artist before. 


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