Dolly Parton’s ‘Amazing Grace’ Rendition Could Become Tennessee’s Official State Hymn

by Halle Ames
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We all know Dolly Parton is iconic, but now, she may be able to add this to her list of honors and awards, and it comes from Tennessee’s capital hill.

Good news for all my Tennesseans, Dolly Parton’s rendition of “Amazing Grace” is being considered for Tennessee’s official state hype.

Tennessee state representative Mike Sparks and Senator Raumesh Akbari filed House Bill 938 petition. The bill says that the song is “one of the most celebrated songs in modern history.”

It was originally written by John Newton in 1772.

The bill also states “‘Amazing Grace’ has since been recorded by various artists with strong connections to Tennessee, including Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Tennessee Ernie Ford… Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, and Garth Brooks. It is appropriate that this body should formally recognize “Amazing Grace” as a state song.”

The bill adds that the song “as sung by Dolly Parton, as the official hymn of the state of Tennessee.”

The Volunteer State currently has ten state songs. They include “My Homeland, Tennessee,” “When It’s Iris Time in Tennessee,” and the “Tennessee Waltz,” to name a few.

Dolly Parton Statue

Formerly, Tennessee state Rep. John Mark Windle proposed a statue of Parton be made and displayed at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville. While Dolly Parton says she is thankful for the consideration, she turned down the offer.

“I am honored and humbled by their intention, but I have asked the leaders of the state legislature to remove the bill from any and all consideration. Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time,” Parton wrote in a statement.

Dolly Parton adds that she hopes she will be worthy of the honor later in life.

“I hope, though, that somewhere down the road, several years from now or perhaps after I’m gone. If you still feel I deserve it, then I’m certain I will stand proud in our great State Capitol as a grateful Tennessean. In the meantime, I’ll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud.”

Dolly Parton was born in Locust Ridge, in Eastern Tennessee. Throughout her 75-year career, she has composed over 5,000 songs and 51 studio albums.

In addition, Parton has had the most successful career in country music with a net worth of $500 million. The highest among country singers.

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