Dolly Parton Filmed Her New Music Video At A Nashville Elementary School

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“The minute that she walked in the auditorium, the air felt different.”

Students at Eakin Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee, are going to be telling the story of how Dolly Parton filmed a music video in their school for the rest of their lives. And honestly, we couldn’t be more jealous.

The new video for Parton’s cover of “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes with Linda Perry was shot at the historic school over the summer, on what was reportedly the hottest day of the year.

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“The minute that she walked in the auditorium, the air felt different,” teacher Jana York told WSMV.

Though students and staff don’t appear in the video, they were able to watch Parton during filming.

“I love her songs,” Nora, York’s daughter and a third-grade student at Eakin, told the local news station. “And I LOVE this new song that just came out because it takes place in Eakin Elementary, which is my school, which is crazy.”

Principal Eric Hartfelder told WSMV how much Parton’s presence meant to the students.

“This is the lady who created the amusement park you love to go to,” he recalled explaining to them. “Or the books that fill your shelf. That she’s so much more than a musician, she’s an inspiration.”

“What’s Up?” is featured on Parton’s first-ever rock album, Rockstar, which is due out in November.

“First of all, I love Linda Perry,” Parton said in a press statement. “Second of all, I love this song written by Linda. Third of all, I love being a part of this video to try to make people think about what’s going on in this world today. Shout out to the little children that helped with the video! If our children don’t make it, then what will? Again, I ask, ‘What’s Up?’ Enjoy.”

Other rock legends who collaborated with Parton on Rockstar include Sting, Steve Perry, Joan Jett, Miley Cyrus, Debbie Harry, Pat Benatar, and many more. 

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