Music icon Dionne Warwick revealed on The Tamron Hall Show, that she and country music legend Dolly Parton are coming together for a gospel duet. Said Warwick: “She sent me a song that she wanted me to record. And I said, ‘OK, that sounds like a deal.’ And she’s such a sweetheart, I know her. And then she sent me another song, the one that we’re going to be doing as a duet. A gospel song called ‘Peace Like a River.’ She wrote it … I am very excited about this, I really am. I’ve done so many duets over the years, but this one’s gonna be very special.”
Hall then pointed out how Parton originally wrote and recorded the song “I Will Always Love You,” which was later popularized by Warwick’s late niece, Whitney Houston. Houston covered the song for the soundtrack of the 1992 film The Bodyguard and Parton has repeatedly said that the track has become “Whitney’s song.” Warwick observed of her upcoming collaboration with Parton: “It’s preordained. God’s got a purpose.”
Warwick’s award-winning documentary Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over, premiered on Jan. 1. The film is narrated by Warwick and blends archival footage with personal photographs and newsreels of her career, following the singer’s career from her start singing in gospel groups with family members in New Jersey, to her becoming a pop music sensation after she teamed with the songwriting duo of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over is streaming on HBO Max.