Feel-Good Friday: Uplifting Country News From Dolly Parton

Parton is spreading goodness throughout the world this year.

Written by Annie Reuter
Feel-Good Friday: Uplifting Country News From Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton; Photo by Karolina Wojtasik/ Copyright 2020

Welcome to Feel-Good Friday, a weekly roundup of heartwarming stories, lighthearted videos, and inspiring country news that reminds us all there is still good in the world. In celebration of Sounds Like Nashville’s December Cover Story with Dolly Parton, this week we honor the positivity the singer is bringing into the world.  

Coat of Many Colors ornament benefits Imagination Library

Dolly Parton; Photo courtesy of the Imagination Library

This holiday season, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors collectible ornament will benefit Imagination Library. The book gifting program, which she founded in 1995 to aid in children’s literacy by gifting a book to a child each month until they turn 5, has amounted in over 150 million books sent to children around the world.

Dolly takes over television & the web with Christmas specials

There is no shortage of holiday specials from Dolly this year. Tonight, the singer partners with Pandora for a virtual holiday-themed Pandora LIVE concert featuring Brett Eldredge, Carly Pearce and gospel singer Tasha Cobbs Leonard. In addition to performing with her band, she will be interviewed by children about her holiday traditions. The show kicks off at 9 p.m. ET via Pandora.

On Saturday (Dec. 5), the singer will take over CMT starting at 9 a.m. ET for the channel’s “CMT’s Holly Dolly Christmas Movie Marathon.” Throughout the day several of Dolly’s music videos and films will air including Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, Unlikely Angel and Steel Magnolias. Additionally, she’ll be the featured guest on an episode of CMT Hot 20 Countdown. As if that’s not enough Dolly, the singer will host her own CBS special Dec. 6. A Holly Dolly Christmas will air at 8:30 p.m. ET where she’ll perform holiday songs from her latest Christmas album of the same name.

Jimmy Fallon duets with Dolly

The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon teams up with Dolly on her latest Christmas album A Holly Dolly Christmas. The two friends duet on a cover of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” and the animated music video is just as fun as the collaboration. In a four-minute clip created by Ingenuity Studios, Parton and Fallon travel from opposite ends of the U.S. to perform at a drive-in concert in Tennessee. While there are some hiccups in Fallon’s travel plans, he makes it just in time for the last song.

Dolly drops surprise new song “I Still Believe”

Dolly has released a special bonus track to her A Holly Dolly Christmas album today called “I Still Believe.” The uplifting tune has Dolly singing, “These are strange and crazy times that we’re living in/ But I still believe/ I believe to my very core we’ll walk again in the sunshine by the seashore/ That we’ll dance, and we’ll sing and be happy again/ Don’t know how or when, but we will again/ You’ll see.” She’ll perform the song Sunday night during her CBS special.

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital’s “Jingle Challenge” includes Dolly

Dolly serves as a spokesperson in sending uplifting messages to patients and staff at Tennessee’s Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital this holiday season with the “Jingle Challenge.” With the goal of sending 10,000 messages of joy in December, the “Jingle Challenge” and Dolly urge others to create a personalized postcard featuring a photo with her to the children and staff at the hospital.

Send the gift of Dolly this holiday season

In addition to sharing a special personalized postcard for hospital staff, Dolly has her own line of cards with American Greetings. Dolly has mementos for every occasion including those wanting to send a Christmas card or virtual holiday card in 2020. She even has a customizable Christmas card featuring her singing “Holly Jolly Christmas.”