Dolly Parton Secures First Christian Number 1 Hit With ‘There Was Jesus’

Country music legend Dolly Parton just got some very good news, as she learned that she has secured her first ever No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart.

Parton secured this achievement with her song “There Was Jesus,” which is a duet with Zach Williams.

“Having a No. 1 record at any time is a great thing, but having a No. 1 faith-based record during these crazy times is even greater,” Parton told Billboard. “I feel humbled and blessed to be part of this wonderful song with Zach Williams. It does my heart good to know that we have touched the lives of so many people.”

Parton has a long history of Billboard hits, dating all the way back to the January 1967 Hot Country Songs debut of her first hit, “Dumb Blonde.” Since then, she has also led Americana/Folk Albums and Gospel Digital Song Sales.

“I don’t even know hardly what to say about all the No. 1s in all the different fields of music,” Parton said. “Thank you God, thank you fans and thank you everyone who has worked so hard to make this possible.”

This comes after Parton, 74, opened up about her 54-year marriage to her husband, Carl Dean.

“We’re both funny, and we both have a great and warped sense of humor so we’ve always had a good time,” the singer said. “He’s pretty much a loner and a homebody, and I’m a gypsy. But when I’m home, I love that. We don’t do the same thing so it gives us different stuff to talk about. He doesn’t get involved in my business, and I don’t in his, so we have our own little world that we create for ourselves.”

“I’ve always made jokes that the reason our marriage has lasted so long is because I stay gone. Well, there’s a lot of truth in that. We’re not in each other’s face all the time,” Parton added. “I think there’s a lot to be said about having some sensible separation because you can’t be with somebody 24/7, 365 and not want to smack their face now and then.”

Parton went on to talk about her philosophy on marriage.

“Marriage is a business too, and you got to look at it like that,” she explained. “You got to make the right decisions for all the little things that come up.”

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