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Hear Carrie Underwood & Dolly Parton's Breathtaking "I Will Always Love You" Duet

The two country singers did a fresh take on Parton's classic tune. 

By Jackie Manno

Carrie Underwood's dream as a country singer came true when she got to sing with the one and only Dolly Parton in 2009.

During Underwood and Parton's duet of ''I Will Always Love You'' they both sang the emotional lyrics in heavenly tones, while crooning with gorgeous country twang. 

Listen to their stunning version here

Dolly Parton talks about ''I Will Always Love You''

Parton wrote the hit tune in 1973, and it was famously covered by Whitney Houston for the 1992 film The Bodyguard. When Parton was on The Kelly Clarkson Show in 2022, she talked about what it was like to hear Houston's version for the first time

“I was just driving along and I had the radio on and I just heard this, ‘If I should stay’... It's just one of those things like a dog hearing a whistle, and I go ‘What is that?’” she said.

Dolly Parton Carrie Underwood Duet

“That’s the first time [I heard it]” she continued. “They hadn’t sent it to me. They did nothing. I heard it on the radio. And so when it went into ‘And I,’ I just freaked out. I had to pull over to the side because, honestly, I thought I was 'gonna wreck. It was the most overwhelming feeling. And you know how great that was.”

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What to know about Dolly Parton's NBC Christmas special

Dolly Parton's wonderful 2022 Christmas special, titled Dolly Parton's Magic Mountain Christmastook place in Parton's theme park, Dollywood, and follows Parton on a journey to discovering the true meaning of Christmas after being visited by the three wise men. It was nominated for two Emmy awards, including Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Contemporary Costumes For A Limited Or Anthology Series or Movie.

"I just feel like that it was time for me to do another special like this, with good music, with comedy, with meaningful things," Parton told People of why she created the special. "And to kind of make you feel entertained for a couple hours just to get away from everything else."

She continued, "Being magical is to lift up out of yourself and your troubles for a little while. To me, if you can even do that, even with one song, then that is magical. I just think the whole idea of trying to make things uplifting is magic within itself."

Dolly Parton's Magic Mountain Christmas is currently streaming on NBC.com and Peacock.