Dolly Parton Shares Inspirational Message During Troubling Times: ‘Just Keep the Faith’

Dolly Parton is leaning on her faith to help her through these uncertain times. 


Lauren Jo Black

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March 27, 2020


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Just one day after the United States surpassed China and Italy in the number of cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, Dolly Parton took to social media to share an uplifting, faith-filled message with her fans.

In the video, Parton admits the virus is scaring the “H-E-double-L out of us,” but encourages fans to lean on their faith in God to help get them through.

“I’m not making light of the situation,” she said in the clip. “Well, maybe I am because it’s the light I believe that’s gonna dissolve the situation. I think God in this. I really do. I think he’s trying to hold us up to the light so we can see ourselves and see each other through the eyes of love. I hope we learn that lesson.”

She continued to look ahead to happier times saying, “I think that when this passes, we are gonna all be better people. I know that I have a positive attitude about it as negative as it seems to be right now. Just keep the faith. Don’t be too scared, it’s gonna be alright.”

It’s been quite the week for Parton, who recently mourned the loss of her longtime friend and frequent collaborator, Kenny Rogers. After Rogers’ passing, Parton shared a video message to social media and got emotional while remembering her dear friend.

“I loved Kenny with all my heart. My heart is broken. A big ‘ole chunk of it has gone with him today,” she said. “I think that I can speak for all his family, his friends and fans  when I say that I will always love you.”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.