Dolly Parton, Cyndi Lauper, Belinda Carlisle, & More Team Up For ’80 For Brady’ Friendship Anthem, ‘Gonna Be You’

“I’m so excited to be a part of 80 for Brady,” Parton shared.


Madeleine O’Connell

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January 30, 2023


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Dolly Parton – 80 For Brady; Photo Via YouTube

Dolly Parton is lending her voice to “Gonna Be You” from the 80 For Brady soundtrack.

The country music icon has joined a star-studded lineup of some of the biggest female artists of the ‘80s for the highly anticipated new song, “Gonna Be You,” and its accompanying music video. Parton, alongside Belinda Carlisle, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, and Debbie Harry recorded the song for the soundtrack of the soon-to-be-released Paramount Pictures film, 80 FOR BRADY.

Since the narrative highlights the power of friendship among four female friends, Oscar, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning songwriter Diane Warren penned the heartwarming track with the idea that she would replicate the same sentiment in the song with this all-star group of singers. 

“When I wrote ‘Gonna Be You’ for 80 FOR BRADY, I wanted to write a song that celebrated these women’s deep friendship,” shared Warren. “Since 80 was in the title I got a crazy idea, why not get some of the most iconic singers from the 80s, who are still amazing and always will be, to all sing it?!!!! Everyone I approached said yes and was just as excited as me!! I’m honored to have Dolly Parton, Belinda Carlisle, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan and Debbie Harry on this song!! ‘Gonna Be You’ is that song you want to sing along to with all your good friends!!!”

“What an honor to sing a song by my favorite songwriter with four other women who I have been a fan of for years! It doesn’t get much better than this,” shared Carlisle.

The sports comedy film follows the true story of four women who add a bit of adventure into their lives when they decide to take a trip to the 2017 Super Bowl LI game in hopes of seeing their favorite seven-time Super Bowl Champion, Tom Brady.

The movie stars Parton’s former co-stars, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, of the 1980 film, 9 To 5, along with Academy Award winners Rita Moreno and Sally Field. Iconic NFL player and producer, Tom Brady, will also make an appearance.

“I’m so excited to be a part of 80 for Brady and the Diane Warren title song for it. Working with Jane, Lily, and Sally Field again, my older pals that are in the movie, and then working with all the wonderful artists on the song and video, like Belinda Carlisle, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan and Debbie Harry was a joy. This is very exciting to me. I love feeling like I’m still part of something great and being with those gals that we know are great was a thrill,” Parton shared.

Directed by four-time Cannes Gold Lion Award winner Alex Ogus, the “Gonna Be You” music video features a mix of clips from the movie along with footage of Parton, Carlisle, Lauper, and Estefan. These artists are captured singing the track in front of a blurred-out stadium background while donning custom blinged-out jerseys with Tom Brady’s number underneath their last names.

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“This was such a great project to be part of because it was nice to be able to join forces with my pals for the song,” added Lauper. “Each of these women mean a lot to me. Friendships between women are important and I think Diane’s lyrics captured that. It was really touching. You don’t often see female ‘buddy movies’ so this was fun.”

The movie’s leading ladies, Tomlin, Fonda, Moreno, and Field recently appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show to discuss some of their favorite behind-the-scenes moments together. 

When Clarkson asked what it was like working together on and off the set, Fonda said, “right from the very first time we got together, we started talking and we wouldn’t stop talking.”

She continued, “So many things to share, and the director, he couldn’t get us to leave what we were doing and go to the set and do our jobs. It was a problem.”

“Sometimes they would be saying, ‘ok everybody, rolling,’ and we’d still be chattering away,” Moreno added. “We couldn’t even give them the chance to say ‘action.’” 

The new song, “Gonna Be You” is available for listening now, and the movie will make its way to theaters on February 3. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.