After conquering just about everything else, Dolly Parton lets loose her inner Rockstar with some unbelievable guests including Paul McCartney, Steven Tyler, Rob Halford, Joan Jett, and so many more.
If you would’ve told me as a teenage headbanger who blasted Screaming For Vengeance on repeat, but also watched 9 To 5 on a loop on early HBO, that in the future, Dolly Parton and Rob Halford would do a duet, I would’ve said you were nuts. Rob Halford, the “Breaking The Law” guy? With the nice country singer from 9 To 5? Get outta here, you’re crazy. Yet here we are…
Dolly Parton, a recent inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a global icon, continues to break new ground with her first-ever rock album, Rockstar. Teaming up with a cast of both rock legends and today's stars, Parton delivers a remarkable 30-song collection featuring nine original tracks and 21 covers of seminal rock anthems. The list of artists joining Parton on this journey is like a who’s who of the history of rock, including Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Steve Perry, Ann Wilson, John Fogerty, Steven Tyler, Kid Rock, Stevie Nicks, Peter Frampton, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Debbie Harry, Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon, Rob Halford, Sting (not the wrestler), and many more.
Expressing her enthusiasm, Parton shared, "I'm so excited to finally present my first Rock and Roll album, Rockstar! I am very honored and privileged to have worked with some of the greatest iconic singers and musicians of all time, and to be able to sing all the iconic songs throughout the album was a joy beyond measure. I hope everybody enjoys the album as much as I've enjoyed putting it together!"
Rockstar is one of the most highly anticipated records of the year, already possessing chart-topping hits such as the original song "Bygones" featuring Rob Halford and Nikki Sixx, which claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Rock Digital Songs chart. “World On Fire," another Parton original, also ascended to the No. 1 position on the same chart in the month of its release. Yet another special moment on a record filled with them is a powerful duet of "Wrecking Ball" with her fairy goddaughter, Miley Cyrus.
Beyond her musical achievements, the most honored and revered female country singer-songwriter of all time recently released her latest book, Behind The Seams: My Life In Rhinestones. This visually stunning New York Times bestseller chronicles the legendary artist's iconic fashion choices from the 1960s to the present day. Parton's unwavering confidence and lifelong passion for fashion come to life, defying convention and winning hearts around the world. Part of a three-part series, the first being the 2020 bestselling Songteller: My Life In Lyrics, the new book offers fans a deeper look into the multifaceted world of Dolly Parton.
Parton's philanthropy knows no bounds either, with over 218 million books donated to children worldwide through her Imagination Library. Her dedication to literacy is exemplified by works like Coat Of Many Colors, a children's book dedicated to the Library of Congress for the Imagination Library's 100 millionth book donation. In March 2022, Parton co-authored the book Run Rose Run with James Patterson, accompanied by her album of the same name that dominated three charts simultaneously - Country, Americana/Folk, and Bluegrass Albums. With 27 RIAA-certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards and 26 songs hitting No. 1 on the Billboard country charts, Parton's impact on the world of music is unparalleled.