Tony Cummings reports on the unexpected collaboration of CCM hitmakers FOR KING & COUNTRY and country star DOLLY PARTON
The phenomenal success of "God Only Knows", the song written and recorded by Australia's For King & Country which has already been released in four different mixes, has now entered a new dimension with a brand new version recorded and filmed featuring country music star Dolly Parton. Said For King & Country's Joel Smallbone, "Hearing Dolly sing that chorus and those words was an out of body experience for us as writers and artists. As soon as we heard her vocals on the track, we immediately realised that this song was meant for her voice."
Said Dolly, "When I first heard 'God Only Knows' I thought it was one of the best songs I'd ever heard. I came from a very spiritual background, and I love anything to do with inspirational songs that lift people up. I feel that this is a good song for right now, and it's so well written. I know that it touched me at a time when I needed to be lifted up."
Also, Dolly is featured in a new music video for "God Only Knows" as she and the Smallbone brothers struggle to find themselves before resigning to faith and belief. The full-length video was shot in Nashville, produced by Patrick Tohill and directed by Benjamin Smallbone. The video has already been shown on TV across America.
"God Only Knows" recently won Song Of The Year honours at the K-LOVE awards, received a Dove Award nomination for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song Of The Year and held the number one spot on Billboard's Top Christian Songs chart for 11 weeks. Additionally, the song hit Top 30 on Mediabase and Billboard's Hot AC charts while garnering 330 million radio impressions and over 65 million streams across all digital platforms.The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.