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Dolly Parton + Kelly Clarkson Release Reimagined ‘9 To 5’: Listen Now

Setting the stage for the forthcoming documentary Still Working 9 to 5Dolly Parton and Kelly Clarkson aligned talents for the emotional rendition of the classic 1980 hit song, ‘9 to 5.’

Schedule for a September 16 release, the film revisits the iconic 9 to 5 comedy and addresses its lasting impact and focus on women’s issues and feminist ideals within mainstream media culture.

In transforming the original country-influenced anthem into a subdued, emotional ballad that highlights the pain and struggles within Parton’s lyrics, both Grammy Award-winning musicians were assisted on the re-recorded track by the movie’s executive producer and songwriter Shane McAnally, singer-songwriter Sasha Alex Sloan, and producer King Henry .

In a statement about the the collaboration Parton said “Nobody sings like Kelly Clarkson.” “She makes any song come alive. I love her voice on ‘9 to 5’ and I am so proud I got to sing with her on it.”

Commenting on her involvement, Clarkson expressed her excitement about collaborating with the county music legend, saying “I am so honored that Dolly asked me to reimagine this iconic song, ‘9 to 5,’ with her! She is so talented, an inspiration to all women, and one of the sweetest people you will ever meet,” she said. “I hope y’all like what we did, but even if you don’t, remember I got to sing a duet with the magical Dolly Parton and now have bragging rights til the end of time!”

In addition to featuring actress Rita Moreno who starred in the TV sitcom inspired by the movie,) the Still Working 9 to 5 documentary reunites the stars of the 1980s film – including Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman.

“Who knew that 42 years later, I’d still be working 9 to 5,” Parton said when her collaboration with Clarkson was announced last month. “I believed then, and I believe now, that every person deserves to be paid fairly for their work… no matter what they are. I think this documentary shows that the struggle continues and that we all need to do our part to help make things better for everybody.”

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Author: Al Denté

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