Five Surprising Things We Learned About Dolly Parton This Week

Dolly Parton has been making the media rounds in support of her many holiday projects. From high-profile television appearances to…


Lauren Jo Black

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December 8, 2020


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Dolly Parton has been making the media rounds in support of her many holiday projects. From high-profile television appearances to podcasts, to sit-down interviews, Parton has been everywhere dishing on her personal life, her Christmas traditions, her A Holly Dolly Christmas album and more.

During a recent interview with RuPaul for Marie Claire, the music icon shared quite a few things interesting things about herself. Here are five things we learned about Dolly Parton…

1. She wakes up VERY early.

“I’m a very, very, very early riser. I go to bed pretty early, but I’m up and down. If I wake up and I’m pretty well awake, I think, I’ve got so much to do, I’ll get up and I’ll work a little while, write a little while, and I’ll lay back down,” she explained.

“But I’m always, almost always up for good around 3 a.m. So I do some of my best spiritual work, some of my best writing, and some of my business work—call-ins and letters that I’m writing or whatever—between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. I get more work done during that little period of time when the world is calm, energies are down, and I just feel like a farmer,” she went on to say. “I think God is a farmer. He’s getting out and he’s throwing down all these little nuggets of corn. Corn mostly, in my place. They say the early bird gets the worm. Well, they also get a lot of good ideas too.”

2. She wears high heels all the time. 

Can you imagine Dolly Parton cooking breakfast in high heels? It happens!

“I actually do wear high heels most of the time. They’re not always as high as the ones I wear for show. But I’m little. I’m short. And I have to wear heels in order to reach my cabinets,” she said. “But I always enjoy wearing the shoes too, and I just feel more like me. But I can come down, though. I’m comfortable in my own skin; I’m comfortable with my image. I dress for myself more than I do for somebody else.”

3. There’s a good reason why she’s always dressed up. 

Fans will likely never seen Dolly Parton without her signature look.

“I have to always stay ready—street ready, I always say. I have to keep my makeup on and keep my hair done. Like, when I’m in L.A.—I’ve told you about it—if it’s going to earthquake, if we get an earthquake, I’m not running out in the street looking like you look now,” she explained. “I have to be ambulance-ready at all times, if I get sick or something.”

4. She’s an “open book” with a few exceptions. 

If there’s anything you want to know about Dolly, just ask. But that doesn’t mean she’ll reveal everything.

“But everybody has to save a little piece of themselves, I think, for their own sanity and for their own little personal spiritual place. But I don’t mind talking. People have followed me for all of these years. I pretty much have no real secrets,” she admitted.

5. She starts every day with a prayer. 

Dolly has never been one to hide her love for the Lord.

“I’m a very spiritual person. Every single day, before I do anything, I wake up and I thank God for the night and ask him to bless the day and to bring all the right things…all the wrong people out of my life, and bring all the right stuff in. And just to guide me, lead me. And I always pray that he’ll let me uplift mankind and glorify Him,” she shared.”I have my little meditations I do, my little scriptures that I read, and all that. And that’s how I start my day. And I also can draw on that throughout the day. If things get chaotic and crazy around me, I can just go into that little spot of my own. It’s why I say you need to keep a little spot for yourself and your spiritual self and for God. I gain strength and courage and hope and light and love from that little spot.”

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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.