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Dolly Parton’s advice for ‘divided’ America

The musician is using her talents to spread peace and love this holiday season

Dolly Parton speaks during the private Medallion Ceremony at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn. in May 2011. Josh Anderson, Associated Press

Dolly Parton believes this holiday season has the power to bring some much-needed healing to the United States.

The 74-year-old singer recently appeared on “Today” to promote a couple of new holiday projects: A Christmas album appropriately titled “A Holly Dolly Christmas,” as well as a musical special for Netflix called, “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square.”

According to the site, Parton hopes this new holiday content can provide our divided nation with extra doses of peace, love, and unity.

Key quote

During her interview with “Today,” Parton said:

“I think we’ve just become so divided, ‘cause people just seem to love to hate. You know?...This is the Christmas season coming up…But we need to carry that Christmas spirit of peace on Earth, and loving one another. We need to carry that into the new year...And Lord knows, I hope next year is better than this one...We can’t save the world, but we can save the world we’re living in. Maybe I’m dreaming. But I don’t think so.”

Parton’s Projects

“A Holly Dolly Christmas” released on Oct. 2 and its Parton’s first holiday record in 30 years, CNN reports.

The album debuted at no. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and features country-pop renditions of holiday staples like “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” and “Holly Jolly Christmas” as well as modern hits like “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” The track list includes six duets with appearances from Miley Cyrus, Michael Bublé, Jimmy Fallon and more.

Parton joins together with Golden Globe nominees Christine Baranski and Treat Williams in her new musical special “Christmas on the Square,” which is slated to release on Netflix on Nov. 22, Today reports.

The feature holds a TV-PG rating and its official Netflix description reads: “Seasonal cheer comes to a screeching halt when a cold-hearted woman tries to sell her hometown’s land. Can music, magic and memories change her mind?”

Watch the trailer here:

According to Today, the Grammy winner is also releasing a new book on Nov. 17 titled “Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics.”

Published by Chronicle Books LLC, the memoir shares the stories behind the lyrics to Parton’s expansive repertoire of songs.