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Alison Krauss Christmas Songs & Music

Performing solo and with her group Union Station, there's not much bluegrass singer Alison Krauss hasn't done. Her work has appeared on twelve studio albums as well as compilation albums, live albums and film soundtracks. Krauss has even performed at the Academy Awards. It comes as little surprise then to know that Krauss has also churned out some memorable Christmas tracks, each making their way onto compilation albums of the season.

The Angels Cried- 1993

Krauss teamed up with fellow country aficionado Alan Jackson for the touching duet The Angels Cried. Krauss's vocals shine over the sparse accompaniment and the country flavour works perfectly for this original religious carol. The duet appeared on the country collection Honky Tonk Christmas.

Only You Can Bring Me Cheer (Gentleman's Lady)- 2003

Krauss and her group Union Station produced this bluegrass original for the 2003 compilation A Very Special Acoustic Christmas. The catchy tune sits alongside both new and traditional songs from a variety of country artists, with the proceeds from the album going to charity.

Shimmy Down the Chimney (Fill Up My Stocking)- 2004

Krauss performs the title track on the 2004 compilation album Shimmy Down the Chimney: A Country Christmas. Krauss's original is smooth and sexy, with more of an R&B flavour than her trademark bluegrass. The track features alongside traditional carols from a who's who of country music including Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.

The Wexford Carol- 2008

Alison Krauss took on one of the oldest English carols of all time for the 2008 album Songs of Joy and Peace, featuring Yo-Yo Ma and friends. The result is a simple and beautiful track, in which Krauss vocals are accompanied by Ma's magical cello.