(This is one you need to hear)
She might now be 74, but that has not slowed Dolly Parton, with her new song, “There Was Jesus”, going to number one.
A known Country music star, Parton collaborated with Zach Williams, who also wrote the song. This is Parton’s first number on the Christian charts.
“Having a No. 1 record at any time is a great thing, but having a No. 1 faith-based record during these crazy times is even greater,” Parton tells Billboard. “I feel humbled and blessed to be part of this wonderful song with Zach Williams. It does my heart good to know that we have touched the lives of so many people.”
Parton is a noted Christian. In an interview with Today show in April, she shared that Matthew 19:26 was the scripture that had been comforting her during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We just drift along in the wind and then when something like this comes along it jolts you and you just freak,” she told Today’s Kotb. “Then you really realize how small we are in comparison to what matters.
“I think a lot about things my mom taught me growing up and that I learned about in the church growing up and I love that scripture. It just covers so much. For me, that has always been a good scripture.
“Through God, I can do this, all things are possible.”
In 2018, Parton received a second star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, inducted alongside Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris in recognition of their work as a trio.
Parton was also recognized in the Guinness World Records 2018 Edition for holding records for the Most Decades with a Top 20 hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart and Most Hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart by a Female Artist.
In 2020, Parton received a Grammy award for her collaboration with For King & Country on their song, “God Only Knows.”