Dolly Parton and Dionne Warwick have reportedly teamed up for a gospel duet that is coming out later this month!
Dolly Parton and Dionne Warwick are two of the most legendary and iconic singers alive today. That’s why their fans will be ecstatic to learn that they are set to collaborate on a gospel duet!
— Tamron Hall Show (@TamronHallShow) January 3, 2023
Parton And Warwick Collaborating
Warwick, 80, dropped the bomb that a collaboration between her and Parton, 76, is in the works while she appeared on “The Tamron Hall Show” earlier this week.
“[Parton] sent me a song that she wanted me to record,” Warwick said, according to Page Six. “And I said, ‘Okay, that sounds like a deal!”
Warwick went on to describe Parton as being “such a sweetheart.”
“She sent me another song, the one that we’re going to be doing as a duet,” she said. “[It’s] a gospel song called ‘Peace Like a River’… I am very excited about this. I really am. I’ve done so many duets over the years, but this one’s gonna be very special.”
Check out Warwick’s full interview in the video below.
Parton’s Connection To Warwick’s Family
Parton has known Warwick and her entire family for decades. Some fans may be surprised to learn that Warwick’s cousin was the late Whitney Houston, who made Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” one of the most successful songs in music history. Parton opened up about how Houston’s version of the song came to be in an interview with the singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson last month.
“When they were doing The Bodyguard movie, they had chosen another song for the theme song [at first],” Parton recalled, according to Entertainment Tonight. “Kevin Costner and his secretary said, ‘Do you remember Dolly Parton’s song, ‘I Will Always Love You?’ It’s a country song, but it’s a beautiful song.’ So they called me to see if they could use it, and I said yes.”
“I didn’t know [or hear] anything else about it. I didn’t know if they had it, if they had done it,” she added. “And I was driving my car [through L.A.] and I was driving along and I had the radio on, and I just heard [the song] and that was the first time. They didn’t send it to me or nothing.”
Dolly Parton used royalties from her Whitney Houston song to support a Black neighborhood. “I’m just going to be down here with her people, who are my people as well. I just love the fact that I spent that money on a complex. And I think, ‘this is the house that Whitney built.’” pic.twitter.com/4roo7tI6xZ
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Parton ‘Had To Pull Over’
Parton went on to admit that she “just freaked out” when she heard Houston’s version of the song.
“I had to pull over to the side, because I honestly thought I’d get in a wreck,” she added. “It was the most overwhelming feeling.”
Parton then praised Clarkson for her version of the song that she performed last year at the ACMs.
“When you sang that song, when you did that at the Academy of Country Music Awards [in March], and you did that at the end, I have to tell you, Whitney would have been so proud of you,’” Parton said as Clarkson became emotional.
“Because I felt like she was watching you,” she continued. “You absolutely killed it, and I was so emotional.”
Check out this full segment in the video below.
Parton and Warwick are two living legends, so the fact that they have a gospel duet in the works is about as exciting as it gets. We can’t wait to hear what these two have in store for us, as the song will undoubtedly not disappoint!