The pocket-size actress and singer hosts the American Country Awards on Dec. 5 and stars in ABC's ''GCB,'' debuting next March

By Tanner Stransky
December 02, 2011 at 05:00 AM EST

Blossom Dearie
”She’s a jazz artist that I adore. She was way before Diana Krall and could sing a lyric like no one else. I love ‘A Fine Spring Morning’ and ‘Thou Swell.’ What can I say? I was born in the wrong time.”

Dolly Parton
”At least once a day I listen to ‘Little Sparrow.’ I also like [1995’s] Something Special. I covered her song ‘Change’ on my recent album. She is the epitome of the word entertainer. And what a great human. Real heart.”

”I know! I’m late to the party. But 21 — whew. Gut-wrenching. Anyone who has ever been in love and hurt, this is your album.”

Eva Cassidy
”There was an angel on earth, and her name was Eva Cassidy. [Cassidy died in 1996 at age 33.] Her album Songbird has just about every great song ever written. And her voice! ‘I Know You by Heart’ is a particular fave.”

Pink Martini
”I highly recommend Joy to the World, but I also like their older stuff from Sympathique. I just want to get up and dance when I play them.”