Dolly Parton shares what keeps her grounded

Dolly Parton shares what keeps her grounded

Every wondered how Dolly Parton remains one of the most humble yet super successful artists of our time? This is what she has to say about what keeps her grounded...

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Happy birthday to the legendary Dolly Parton

The multi-award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and philanthropist turns 77 today. 

Dolly was born in Smokey Mountains, Tennessee in 1946 and comes from a big family. She has eleven siblings. 

After graduating from high school, she went to pursue a career in music, working with other singers. 

In 1974, she went solo and has since grown to be a household name. 

READ: East Coast Gold celebrates Dolly Parton & Janis Joplin's birthdays with special tribute

Despite the enormous amount of success that the singer has enjoyed, she has often been described as a person who is down to earth. 

Recently, Dolly did something that many artists of her calibre wouldn't do - she withdrew her name from consideration for the 2022 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

The 77-year-old said: "Even though I'm extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I don't feel that I have earned that right". 

In an interview on 'Late Night with Conan O’Brien', Dolly said her family is the reason she has remained humble. 

She started by talking about how much she loves her job and has been blessed to be so successful. 

"I love what I do and I'm very grateful that I've made it , I don't know how many get to live to see their dreams come true, but I have a good family, a good support system," she said before talking about one of her proudest moments.  

"One of the things that I was most proud of, they put a statue, a bronze statue of me in the courthouse yard of our hometown and I was so proud of that, and I was just bragging, bragging, just because I was proud, not being conceited , but I went on and on about it a little too much," said the star. 

But her dad's comments and reactions reminded her of the importance of remaining humble. 

"I said dad don't you think that's great. He said yes I do, I am very very proud of you, he said because I know that to your fans , you may be some sort of an idol , but to the pigeons, you're just another outhouse. So, that kinda keeps it grounded for you," said Dolly. 

The singer has also spoken about her desire to release another album. 

She said she is hopeful that she will someday release a "great rock n' roll album at some point in the future" and added that it is something she has always wanted to do. 

We can't wait! 

READ: Dolly Parton ducks out of Rock Hall of Fame running

Read more about Dolly's success here

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