Dolly Parton and Jewel have never let their humble upbringings hold them back from chasing their dreams. Besides, what truly matters to them are their childhood experiences and relationships, not the amount of money to their names.
In Jewel's new song "My Father's Daughter," she sings about her experiences as a child, and how they have shaped her into the person she is today. Jewel wrote the song in 2008, but didn't officially release it until recently, when she included it on her new album, Picking Up the Pieces, released on September 11.
The song also features a very special guest, none other than Dolly herself.
In an interview with Time, Jewel says she has a great admiration for Dolly and asked her to sing the duet because she too, rose up out of her impoverished background and went on to chase her dreams.
“When you grow up as a girl on a homestead with an outhouse, you don’t have many heroes in the public eye. Dolly and Loretta [Lynn] were them, because they had outhouses and they had a similar lifestyle to me.”
The music video for the song, which was released on October 24, opens with the message "My family didn't have heirlooms. We had songs," and shows home video footage of Jewel yodeling and singing with her father.
Although Dolly never makes a personal appearance in the video, she does appear through pictures and footage from old performances, while a little girl representing Jewel dances along with her father.
Since the song is close to Jewel's heart, she chose to perform it at the Grand Ole Opry on September 8, even though Dolly was not there for the performance. Jewel delivers an emotional performance, fighting back tears toward the end of the song.
Watch Jewel's emotional Opry performance of "My Father's Daughter" below, along with the brand new music video for the song, featuring Dolly Parton.
We're sure Jewel and Dolly's fathers would be proud to see where their daughters are today.
She stepped off of the boat to see flowers in his hands
And the music finds me
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