Finally, Kelly Clarkson and Dolly Parton form a dream musical duo.
On Friday, the pair released a reimagined version of “9 to 5,” the title track from the 1980 comedy starring Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Clarkson’s vocals are at the center of the track, presented here as a downtempo pop ballad.
The song will be featured in “Still Working 9 to 5,” a new documentary that examines women’s rights in the American workforce in the 42 years since the release of the movie “9 to 5.”
“Nobody sings like Kelly Clarkson. She brings any song to life,” Parton said in a press release. sing with her on it. I’m equally proud of Shane McAnally’s wonderful arrangement and production.
Clarkson echoed those sentiments, telling People, “I hope you all like what we’ve done, but even if you don’t, remember I gotta sing a duet with the magical Dolly. Parton and that I now have bragging rights until the end of time.”
Listen to “9 to 5” by Kelly Clarkson and Dolly Parton below.
Clarkson has been an avowed fan of Parton for years. In fact, she first performed “9 to 5” as part of a “Kellyoke” segment for the inaugural episode of “The Kelly Clarkson Show” in 2019. In March, she paid tribute to Parton with a tender performance of “I Will Always Je t’aime” at the 2022 Academy of Country Music Awards.
The release of “9 to 5” follows Clarkson celebrating the 20th anniversary of his “American Idol” win a few days ago.
In an interview with Variety published on Wednesday, the three-time Grammy winner confirmed his plans to release a new album next year. Returning to the studio after her divorce from Brandon Blackstock was a “really healing” experience, she said.
“I work on that in therapy: I sometimes have trouble expressing how I feel, so music helps me,” Clarkson told the magazine. The new songs, she said, reflect “the arc of a relationship, because the beginning is so beautiful and so sweet, and then it evolves. And sometimes it doesn’t evolve the way you want it to.