LISTEN: Kelly Clarkson Teams Up With Dolly Parton For New Version Of ‘9 to 5’

Dolly Parton and Kelly Clarkson joined forces for a reimagined version of Parton’s iconic hit, “9 to 5.” On Friday…

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Lauren Jo Black

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September 9, 2022

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Kelly Clarkson; Weiss Eubanks, NBCUniversal, Dolly Parton; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Dolly Parton and Kelly Clarkson joined forces for a reimagined version of Parton’s iconic hit, “9 to 5.”

On Friday (Sept. 9), the country icon and chart-topping superstar, who Parton previously dubbed “one of the greatest singers in the world,” shared the highly-anticipated new duet version of “9 to 5,” an award-winning tune that appears on Parton’s 1980 album, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs

Dolly Parton, Kelly Clarkson, 9 to 5
Dolly Parton, Kelly Clarkson, 9 to 5

“Nobody sings like Kelly Clarkson. She makes any song come alive,” Parton shared in a press release. “I love her voice on ‘9 to 5,’ and I am so proud I got to sing with her on it. I’m equally as proud of the wonderful arrangement and production by Shane McAnally.”

“I am so honored that Dolly asked me to reimagine this iconic song, ‘9 to 5,’ with her!” Clarkson added. “She is so talented, an inspiration to all women, and one of the sweetest people you will ever meet!”

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Clarkson continued, “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!”

Produced by Shane McAnally, the remake of the 1980 classic first premiered last spring in the documentary, Still Working 9 to 5. The film reunited the 9 to 5 cast, Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman, and made its world premiere with multiple screenings at South By Southwest in March of 2022.

The pair completely revamped the tune and gave the song an entirely new sound. Parton and Clarkson’s duet features a more laid-back, slowed-down melody with Clarkson taking on lead vocals as Parton background vocals.

Throughout the tune, Clarkson blends her soothing vocals with Parton’s signature voice and flawlessly harmonizes with the country music icon on the chorus. 

“Well, I tumble outta bed and stumble to the kitchen / Pour myself a cup of ambition / Yawn and stretch and try to come to life / Jump in the shower and the blood starts pumping / Out on the street, the traffic starts jumping / With folks like me on the job from 9 to 5,” the pair harmonize on the chorus.

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Earlier this year, Parton made a special appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, during which she teased the much-anticipated duet and praised Clarkson’s vocals.

“I love how you took that and just made it your own and I got a chance to sing background for a change!” Parton said at the time. “But I’m really proud of that rendition of it and I think, hopefully, it’ll do well for us. It’s great in the documentary.”

“9 to 5” was penned solely by Parton and was written for the iconic comedy film of the same name. The song and film owe their titles to 9 to 5, an organization founded in 1973 with the aim of bringing about fair pay and equal treatment for women in the workplace.

Dolly Parton, Kelly Clarkson
Dolly Parton, Kelly Clarkson

The track went on to earn Parton an Academy Award nomination, four GRAMMY Award nominations as well as two GRAMMY Award wins for Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

This marks the first time Parton and Clarkson have collaborated, although Clarkson made headlines after covering the legendary track in 2019 to promote her Emmy-award winning daytime series, The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Still Working 9 to 5, which will be released to the public on September 16, reflects on 9 to 5 and takes a deep dive into the impact the 1980 film had on the women’s movement of that time and now.

The documentary also featured Rita Moreno from the 9 to 5 TV series, Allison Janney from the Broadway musical, and other stars from the television and stage versions of the classic film. Additionally, activists and individuals closely associated with the women’s movement both now and then also appeared.

Parton recently announced a greatest hits album, dubbed Dolly Parton – Diamonds & Rhinestones: The Greatest Hits Collection, which is set to arrive on November 18. The project will feature 23 tracks, including some of Parton’s most recognizable hits such as her collaborations with Kenny Rogers (“Islands in the Stream” and “Real Love”) and Loretta Lynn/Tammy Wynette (“Silver Threads and Golden Needles”), as well as iconic songs like “9 to 5,” “Jolene” and more.

“Every one of these songs has a special memory behind it for me,” Parton said in a statement. “I hope that you make some special memories of your own while listening to them.”

Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson is gearing up to kick off a new era of music with her forthcoming divorce album. Clarkson’s Emmy-award winning daytime series, The Kelly Clarkson Show, returns to NBC for Season 4, which will premiere on September 12.

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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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.