August 09, 2020

Dolly Parton's Decision to Praise God in Her Songs — What Was the Reason?

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Her Christian faith is an important part of Dolly Parton's music. One of her most memorable songs is the 1971 hit, "Coats of Many Colors," which speaks of the story of Joseph and his brothers in the Bible.

The 74-year-old singer, known for her work in country music, recently collaborated with Christian rock band King & Country for the song, "God Only Knows."

The song was released in July 2018 and went on to win Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song at the Grammy Awards in 2020.

Dolly Parton during an interview with host Seth Meyers on November 21, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images


The legendary singer explained that she felt drawn by God to create music that inspires people and strengthens their faith. In an interview with PEOPLE, she said:

"People look at me like a mother or sister. If I say something good, people might listen."

Parton, who made her album debut in 1967 with "Hello, I'm Dolly," said she felt she was in a position to help, with her considerable influence as an artist.

Dolly Parton on CMT 100 GREATEST LOVE SONGS, debuting on Sunday, June 13, 2004 | Photo: Getty Images


The singer went on to say that more people should try to "brighten the world a little bit." For her, help can come from music, and that she considers music more of her ministry than a job.

Aside from "God Only Knows" - which was released as a single from King & Country's third studio album, "Burn the Ships" - Parton worked on two other gospel-themed songs.

Her big break in Nashville came when she joined "The Porter Wagoner Show."

Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers at The MGM Grand at Foxwoods on April 10, 2010 in Ledyard, Connecticut. | Photo: Getty Images


She collaborated with Zach Williams on the duet "There Was Jesus" and with Swedish dance duo Galantis and rapper Mr. Probz on a remake of the 1987 song, "Faith."

"There Was Jesus" went on to become Parton's first Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs and Christian Airplay charts, as reported by Good Morning America.

While she is focusing on gospel-themed music recently, she also has previously released Christmas albums with religious music. These include "Once Upon a Christmas" and "Home for Christmas."

Dolly Parton and Stella Parton at the Egyptian Theatre on December 2, 2015 in Hollywood, California. | Photo: Getty Images


Parton's glorious music career has spanned six decades. Her big break in Nashville came when she joined "The Porter Wagoner Show."

She served as a Wagoner's sidekick and won over his fans. She later left his ensemble and made the iconic song, "I Will Always Love You," as her farewell message.

Throughout her career, she has had 25 No. 1 songs, and for that, she is tied with Reba McEntire for the female country artist with the most chart-topping songs.

Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton at the Ryman Auditorium on August 23, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. | Photo: Getty Images

Parton recently paid a touching tribute to country music legend Charlie Daniels, who passed away on July 6, 2020, at the age of 83.

She called the Grammy-winning musician "one of the greatest entertainers ever" and said that his legacy will forever remain.