Dolly Parton teamed up with For King & Country on the Australian duo’s stirring ballad “God Only Knows.” When it came time to record a new remix of “God Only Knows,” featured on their 2018 album Burn the Ships, Joel and Luke Smallbone knew exactly who to call.
The chart-topping brother duo decided to reach out to Parton, with help from Timbaland, for a remix of its Billboard Christian Airplay No. 1 hit. Parton stars in the video for the song, where she plays both herself and a prostitute struggling with her life choices, while Joel takes on the role of an addict and Luke finds himself in the hospital battling an illness. The song’s hopeful message was what initially attracted Parton to the collaboration.
“When we originally spoke to @dollyparton on the phone, her words were, ‘When I first heard ‘God Only Knows’ I thought it was one of the best songs I’d ever heard. I feel that this is a good song for right now. I know that it touched me at a time when I needed to be lifted up,’ and our jaws fell on the floor,” For King & Country write on Instagram. “The word ‘honored’ doesn’t quite say it when it comes to her collaborating with us.”