Dolly Parton’s nephew is bringing new sounds to an old classic. Sabyn Mayfield’s 9 to 5 to 9 has been released and the video features the sounds of both Sabyn and Dolly. The southern rap song fuses the old classic that Dolly Parton turned into a musical and theatrical success with a modern beat and rap lyrics. Sabyn Mayfield is the nephew of the Queen of Country and asked for her permission before releasing the track.
The country hip-hop artist, Sabyn has taken a new twist on the classic from his aunt Dolly. The 40-year-old son of Randy Parton, Dolly’s late brother, recently talked about approaching his aunt about the song. “We are not close and we don’t spend a lot of time together, but she was so encouraging to me when I came to her with my new version of ‘9 to 5’.” Sabyn is releasing an EP in just a few days.
Sabyn’s EP Halfway There has also received quite the endorsement from Dolly as well. Back in 1981, Dolly likely didn’t foresee a hip-hop version of 9 to 5. The chorus of the song combines the voice of Dolly with Sabyn acting more as a hype man between verses. The working persons’ struggle remains the central topic of the song.
As for the meeting that happened between aunt and nephew, Sabyn lays it out simply. “I played it for her and she was like, look, you have my blessing to do whatever you need to do with this,” he recalled. “Everything that people say about her is true. She’s an amazing person.”
Sabyn Mayfield Dolly’s Nephew
While Sabyn is Randy Parton’s son, he has not been very close with the Partons his entire life. His mother, Laray Mayfield, raised him by herself. The two moved from Hendersonville, Tennessee to Los Angeles, California when Sabyn was just 5 years old.
If you think his mother sounds familiar, that is because Laray Mayfield made quite the career as a casting director. Sabyn mentions that as part of his influence, “I was always around really talented filmmakers and artists and musicians, and I was always encouraged to pursue that.” After getting into film school, Sabyn dove headfirst into the industry.
Although Sabyn started by working in film production, music was always his calling. “I think I was in my early twenties and I had this yearning my entire life to do music.” However, not many people knew. “But it was like a secret, you know? Something that I would do by myself.” Then, one afternoon, Sabyn freestyle for a friend while they sat in the car.
During this time, Sabyn had already been providing music arrangements for MTV shows. Those shows, such as Buckwild, and CMT’s Party Down South each had their own levels of success. Despite an estranged relationship with his father most of his life, Sabyn found a connection with Randy. His father’s cancer diagnosis was quite the catalyst for the reconnection.
Sabyn, a father of a 22-year-old himself spoke with his father and reconciled any animosity between the two. “There was just a lot of stuff that didn’t need to be said. I was like, ‘Hey man, I’m a dude, I got a kid, I have an ex, I get it. We don’t have to talk about it.” It wasn’t just all dudes and bros though, “He told me that he loved me and that he was proud of me and that he thought I was really talented.”
With the release of the song and the forthcoming EP, Sabyn Mayfield could be starting the beginning of something big in his career. Being Dolly Parton’s nephew could open a few doors for sure.