Barrett’s Show-Stopping Rendition of the Icon’s Timeless Anthem is Only Available to Stream and Purchase on Amazon Music
Amazon Music Also Brought the Two Stars Together for the First Time Ever in an Exclusive Video Meeting, Now Available for Fans
Today, rising country star and Amazon Music Breakthrough artist Gabby Barrett released a new Amazon Original cover of Dolly Parton’s legendary, “I Will Always Love You.” Inspired by Parton’s unparalleled songwriting ability, Barrett has been singing her songs since she was eleven years old, a challenge that ultimately helped form the powerhouse voice her fans know and love today. Barrett recorded the vocals for her captivating version at home in Nashville, with Ross Copperman leading production from his home studio and her husband Cade Foehner accompanying with his own arrangement on guitar.
Fans can also watch Barrett meet her idol for a wide-ranging discussion, released today. On the video call, Barrett asks Parton several questions, from how her upbringing informed her songwriting, to why she thinks “Jolene” has been covered hundreds of times, including a riveting rendition by Barrett herself. Barrett discusses with Parton the importance of standing firm in business decisions while still developing your career, referencing Parton’s decision to keep publishing ownership for “I Will Always Love You” when presented with an offer from Elvis. The two even delve into the secret behind a long and loving marriage, such as a strong friendship, humor and letting each other make their own decisions.
Listen to Gabby Barrett’s cover of “I Will Always Love You (Amazon Original)” here
Watch Dolly and Gabby meet for the first time ever here
Download track artwork here
"I know that Gabby will have a long and prosperous career ahead of her. She has what it takes to make it in our industry.... talent, she’s hard working, humble and kind,” stated Dolly Parton.
"I feel so much joy today releasing 'I Will Always Love You,' one of my favorite songs of all time and one of the greatest songs ever written, as an Amazon Original,” stated Gabby Barrett. “The thing about this song and about all of Dolly's catalog is that her music is timeless; it comes straight from her heart. You can tell that she's being honest and sincere in every lyric she writes. Every story is genuine to her life. Something I strive for, that she has set such a perfect example of in Country music. I am honored to have covered this song, and I hope you all love it as much as I do.”
Amazon Music launched Gabby Barrett’s Breakthrough campaign as she began prepping her debut album, GOLDMINE, in early Spring of 2020. Amazon Music worked with the country singer/songwriter to develop a plan that included increased programming for Gabby on the streaming service, a spot on Amazon Music’s billboards across the U.S., a custom Alexa utterance for her new album (“Alexa, take me to the GOLDMINE”), a livestreamed Q&A with Barrett and Charlie Puth on Amazon’s homepage, and an exclusive listening event on Echo Studio smart speakers that featured select tracks from GOLDMINE in 3D Audio. Released in June, Goldmine’s first-day streams exceeded any other debut country album ever on Amazon Music globally, and the album ended the week as the most streamed debut country album in history, with Amazon Music delivering the highest percentage of streams for the album of any streaming service in the U.S.
Amazon Music listeners can find “I Will Always Love You (Amazon Original)” on Country Heat, the ultimate destination for today’s country fan. Customers can also simply ask, "Alexa play the Amazon Original by Gabby Barrett" in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android and on Alexa-enabled devices. In addition to the Barrett’s new song, Amazon Music listeners can access hundreds of Amazon Originals featuring both emerging and established artists across numerous genres, available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music.
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About Dolly Parton:
Dolly Parton is the most honored and revered female country singer-songwriter of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA-certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, she has had 26 songs reach #1 on the Billboard country charts, a record for a female artist. Parton recently became the first country artist honored as Grammy MusiCares Person of the Year given out by NARAS. She has 44 career Top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and 110 career-charted singles over the past 40 years. In 2014 the RIAA recognized her impact on recorded music with a plaque commemorating more than 100 million units sold worldwide. Her 2016 #1 album, “Pure & Simple,” which topped the Billboard Top Country Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts and debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia, added to that massive tally. She has garnered ten Grammy Awards and 49 nominations, including the Lifetime Achievement Award and a 2020 win with for KING & COUNTRY for their collaboration on "God Only Knows"; 10 Country Music Association Awards, including Entertainer of the Year; five Academy of Country Music Awards, also including a nod for Entertainer of the Year; four People’s Choice Awards; and three American Music Awards. In 1999, Parton was inducted as a member of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame. Parton has donated over 142 million books to children around the world with her Imagination Library. Her children's book, Coat of Many Colors, was dedicated to the Library of Congress to honor the Imagination Library's 100 millionth book donation. From her “Coat of Many Colors” while working “9 to 5,” no dream is too big and no mountain too high for the country girl who turned the world into her stage.
ABOUT GABBY BARRETT:
Warner Music Nashville’s Gabby Barrett is setting the trend. Spotlighted as an Amazon Music Breakthrough artist, featured in Variety’s 2020 Young Hollywood Impact Report, named Radio Disney's Next Big Thing, a Billboard "Chartbreaker," a SiriusXM + Pandora All-Genre and Country Artist to Watch, and a short-listed GRAMMY contender (Forbes, Billboard), Barrett continues to prove why she’s “Country music's rising star” (E!). Her meteoric debut, the 2X PLATINUM "lightning-in-a-bottle single" (PEOPLE) “I Hope,” is 2020’s most-streamed Country song to date, cracking the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Reigning atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for six weeks, “I Hope” was also the first debut single by a solo female artist to top the Country radio charts since 2017, and made her the youngest artist with a #1 debut at Country radio in over two decades. Adding to over 500 MILLION+ career on-demand streams, her full-length LP GOLDMINE earned more first-week debut album streams than any other Country act in history, including her current SIX songs spinning across FIVE radio formats: “I Hope” and latest single “The Good Ones” (Country radio); “I Hope” feat. Charlie Puth (Top 40, Hot AC and AC); “Footprints on the Moon” (Radio Disney); “Got Me” feat. Shane & Shane (SiriusXM’s “The Message” and Music Choice’s Contemporary Christian channels); and “Rose Needs a Jack” (SiriusXM’s “The Highway”). Earning her first-ever CMA Awards nominations for New Artist of the Year and Single of the Year (“I Hope”), next up Barrett will perform at the 55th ACM Awards, airing 9/16 on CBS.