Chattanooga Times Free Press - Parade - - PERSONALITY - What sweet sur­prises does she have for fans this hol­i­day sea­son? Go to Pa­ to find out. WAL­TER SCOTT ASKS

The Grammy-win­ning singer-song­writer, 47, wrote and sings the ti­tle song for the an­i­mated movie The Star, in the­aters Nov. 17. It’s about a brave don­key and his an­i­mal friends who be­come he­roes in a crit­ters’-eye view of the Christ­mas story. What came first, the song or the movie? The movie. I loved the whole premise of the first Christ­mas told through the eyes of the an­i­mals that took Mary and Joseph to Beth­le­hem. Most peo­ple don’t know I’m a song­writer. They look at me as a singer. What other hol­i­day projects are in the works? All I Want for Christ­mas [avail­able on Blu-ray, DVD and on-de­mand on Nov. 14] is a lit­tle an­i­mated film based on my chil­dren’s book from 2015. It is an adorable story about a lit­tle girl who wants a puppy at Christ­mas. My “All I Want for Christ­mas” con­cert tour starts on Nov. 17, and we will be tour­ing through Dec. 22. It is a Christ­mas ex­trav­a­ganza, but in an in­ti­mate way. Do you have a fa­vorite Christ­mas tra­di­tion? I love to be with peo­ple that I love, but I also like to have a white Christ­mas. We go to Aspen. We do re­ally nice things there, like the sleigh rides, we see Santa Claus, and there are live rein­deer. The kids love it. Your per­for­mance as Ms. Weiss, the so­cial worker in the movie Pre­cious, was well­re­ceived. Do you want to do more act­ing? I would. We did Pre­cious, and then I was preg­nant with the twins [Moroc­can and Mon­roe, 6]. I had some other of­fers right away, but I couldn’t do any­thing. It would be great to do more things that re­ally mat­ter like Pre­cious, an im­por­tant film.

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