Dolly Parton is already an icon beloved by the LGBT community, there’s no doubt about that, but the singer is winning a whole new generation of fans with her latest single.
Parton’s newest track, “Faith,” is a collaboration with Swedish electronic duo Galantis and Dutch artist Mr. Probz, and it has landed her the top spot on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic chart – the first time the multi-platinum selling country superstar has achieved that distinction.
The song debuted at number one on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart for the week of Nov. 9. It was streamed 1.8 million times in the U.S. and sold 4,000 downloads in its first week, according to Nielsen Music.
The song, a cover of a 1987 John Hiatt tune, was originally written by Hiatt while in the process of re-stabilizing his career and personal life after getting sober from drugs and alcohol. According to Parton, speaking at a press event celebrating her 50th anniversary at the Grand Ole Opry, the song’s message of positivity fits perfectly into her current musical themes.
“This world is just so dark and ugly and awful. I can’t believe how we just can’t have a little more light and a little more love,” she said. “So I’m gonna try and make it my business to do more songs that are more uplifting. Not just all Christian-based songs, but songs that are just about better things, and have a little more light.”
Parton will perform “Faith” as part of a medley on tonight’s 2019 CMA Awards. She will also co-host with Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire, as part of the organizations push to honor iconic women in the genre.
As if the singer weren’t busy enough, later this month, Parton’s new show “Heartstrings” will debut on Netflix, promising “the Dolly music you love, the stories you’ve been waiting for.” An anthology series that showcases the stories, memories, and inspirations behind her most beloved songs, every episode will be scored with “new and classic Dolly music.” Episodes vary in tone, and the cast will include Kathleen Turner, Delta Burke, Gerald McRaney, Ginnifer Goodwin, Julianne Hough, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Timothy Busfield, and Melissa Leo.