Lainey Wilson said that she wants to duet with Dolly Parton, labeling the “Jolene” singer as her “biggest inspiration” who has a “heart of gold.”
Wilson spoke with Entertainment Tonight on May 22 in support of her latest single and music video, “Heart Like A Truck,” sharing her future career plans with the show’s Cassie Di Laura.
“There’s so many things that I want to do [in my thirties],” Wilson told Di Laura. “If you would’ve looked at my list of things that I wanted to do, like I had set a goal list, um for this year, and we truly have like, we have crossed off a lot of those things, and um, it’s pretty crazy how far you can come if you, like, dive into it headfirst and just do the dang thing,” she said.
Wilson then shared that she wanted to continue “doing collaborations with people,” which prompted DiLaura to ask the “Heart Like A Truck” singer about her dream collaboration partners.
“Is there anybody you’re having conversations with right now or that you’re eyeing [for a collaboration]?” DiLaura asked Wilson.
“There’s so many collaborations I want to do,” Wilson revealed before sharing that a duet with Parton would be a dream come true.
Di Laura then asked Wilson if she’s pursued a collaboration with Parton yet, which led Wilson to reveal that the pair has never met.
“I think we would get along just great,” Wilson said, adding, “we haven’t met yet.”
“We have not met, but I think we would be best buds,” she continued. “I think [Dolly’s] best buds with anybody, probably. I’m telling you, she, Dolly Parton, hands down, [is] one of the biggest inspirations, I mean, for so many people around the world. I mean, who she is, the way that she tells it how it is with a little bow wrapped on top, she’s just a good person, got a heart of gold. I think if we were all a little bit more like her, the world would be a much better place.”
Besides Parton, Wilson shared that she’d welcome collaborations with Eric Church, Bruno Mars, and Allen Stone, explaining that she’s “aiming big.”
In the world of country music, Wilson previously collaborated with Cole Swindell on song, “Never Say Never,” which claimed the No. 1 spot at country radio on both the Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay charts back in late April. The song had only been at country radio for 23 weeks when it hit the top spot.
Wilson reacted to her and Swindell’s song reaching the No. 1 spot at country radio, writing she was “glad” to be a part of such a “special” song on Instagram.
Though Wilson has yet to meet or duet with Parton, she’s honored the country legend in a song, “What Would Dolly Do,” which she recently performed at the 2022 CMT Music Awards.
Wilson’s current single “Heart Like A Truck” is currently at Country Radio.