Dolly Parton to Those in Leadership: 'You Need to Pray More'

The Country star urges political leaders to summon more empathy through spirituality

August 27, 2020

Dolly Parton laid out her life’s charge in a recent interview with USA Today, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which effectively gave women the right to vote.

The Country icon covered an array of topics including her career, looks and inspiration. Dolly also touched on her faith, expressing hope that political leaders will channel their own spiritual convictions during these trying times. “You need to pray more,” she said, giving advice to American leaders. “You need to look at people. No matter who's in (charge), you've got to look at who you're supposed to be representing. We're all God's children. We're all out here trying to do our thing."

"I don't care if that's Bush or Clinton or Obama or Trump or Biden or whoever it may be. They need to think more about the people instead of about the party.”

USA TODAY profiled Dolly along with 100 other women who’ve “made a substantial impact on our country or our lives over the past 100 years.”

For more than 50 years, the “9 to 5” singer’s chipper disposition stood in contrast to a larger than life persona that’s been a paragon for modern female artists. Parton’s ostentatious looks are a big part of that notoriety. "The whole magic about me is that I look artificial but I'm totally real," she said. "People can see that. They forgive me for being gaudy. They forgive me for not being stylish. They forgive me for not being as smart as some educated people might be. People see me. I want them to know me. I'm not bashful."

Dolly’s legacy is being honored in other places across the country. A beautiful new mural paying tribute to the Country singer has gone up outside of the famous ‘5 Spot’ in Nashville after she verbally supported the Black Lives Matter movement.

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