Bebe Rexha has partnered with country icon Dolly Parton on her new track Seasons.
Lifted from the pop star’s third album, ‘Bebe’, the tune closes out Bebe’s latest LP, which also features appearances from David Guetta and Snoop Dogg.
Dolly previously refused to work on one of Bebe’s songs about “heaven and hell,” but when she was presented with an alternate offering she was more than happy to come on board.
“She wrote me a thoughtful, handwritten note once just to say she was grateful for the request but the song I had submitted was about heaven and hell, and well, she didn’t have any interest in singing about hell that way,” Bebe tells Variety.
“I understood completely, and the gesture was so thoughtful. I knew one day there would be a perfect song for us to share and ‘Seasons’ was it. She sent me her verse and her harmonies, and we got to film this really fun video together.
“I was in the studio, and we recorded the guitar and my vocals at the same time and didn’t edit much — just sang through a straight take. Then Dolly added her vocals and the result was just perfect.”
On the influence Dolly – who will release her first-ever rock album later this year – has had on her career, Bebe continues: ““Dolly is so funny — one of the funniest people I’ve met. I was in awe of her, wowed by her six-inch heels. I just [have] such strong admiration for her, not just as an artist, but as a songwriter.
“I started my career as a songwriter and would look up to Dolly because she’s able to write songs for other people, while also having success for herself.”
Watch the video for Seasons below.
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