From the pioneer woman
Miley Cyrus’ 2012 Backyard Sessions cover of “Jolene” by Dolly Parton recently has exceeded 300 million views on YouTube, and it’s no wonder why. It is so beautiful! Yet for some, the choice of song may seem unexpected. But did you know that Miley actually has a very special relationship with the woman behind the iconic 1973 hit? Believe it or not, Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus’ godmother!
Dolly opened up about their special bond in a 2019 interview with SiriusXM Just Jenny, explaining how she became Miley’s godmother after working with her father, fellow country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, in the early 1990s.
“I worked with Billy Ray all those years when he had ‘Achy Breaky Heart’,” Dolly said. “He worked with me on some shows that we did in the beginning. He opened some of my shows. We just got to know each other. I wrote a song called ‘Romeo’, and I have it. put in a video. gelled, because we’re both country kids. We had a lot of fun talking about it. And then when Miley arrived, I said, ‘She must be my fairy goddaughter. ‘ “
And Dolly, 75, is a godmother more than just a title. The 11 Grammy Award winner and her self-described “fairy goddaughter” have an indestructible bond that has lasted for Miley’s 28 years.
While Dolly has often acted as a mentor for the Grammy-nominated pop star, she says she’d rather lead by example than give advice.
“I’ve told her things that I think are valuable and that she uses, but I’d rather live by example,” Dolly said. People in 2019. “[I’d rather] Be an example rather than just trying to tell someone to do this, just do it because I don’t think it’s right. Everyone is different. You have your own journey. And some people are going to help you along the way and they might knock a few rocks out of the way for you, but you have to step on them.
Fortunately, Dolly has been there for Miley every step of the way. She even appeared on Miley’s Disney sitcom. Hannah montana as the character’s godmother (like in real life!).
The two singers have also performed together on several occasions, most recently at the 2019 Grammy Awards. As part of a tribute to Dolly during the show, Miley and Dolly teamed up for a stunning rendition of – you guessed it. – “Jolene”.
2019 has been a great year to honor Dolly. It was also around this time that Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute was filmed as part of the celebration when the Recording Academy (which hosts the Grammy Awards) named Dolly their very first MusiCares Person of the Year.
The show was filmed in Los Angeles just before the 61st Grammy Awards, but fans will finally be able to watch it this week. The star-studded concert will air as a Netflix special called Dolly Parton: a tribute to MusiCares, broadcast on April 7 on the streaming platform.
Hosted by Little Big Town, the concert also features performances by Miley, Katy Perry, Shawn Mendes, Willie Nelson, Leon Bridges, Chris Stapleton and Yolanda Adams. We can’t wait to watch! And you? Share your opinion in the comments!