Country superstar Dolly Parton has reworked a 1980’s Bon Jovi classic into a gospel tune for her new album.
Parton has recorded a gospel version of “Lay Your Hands On Me,” a Top 10 hit for the classic rockers in the late 80’s, for her upcoming Blue Smoke album, available May 13th on her own Dolly Records and Sony Masterworks.
Parton told the media during a conference call on Monday (April 14th) that growing up in church inspired her to rework the track which she was familiar with for many years.
“When I first heard that song, years ago, I thought, ‘Wow, that sounds so much like a gospel tune — with asking God to lay his hands on you.’ I grew up in a Pentecostal church, where we believed in healing and laying your hands, and praying for people who were sick and all that.”
Parton also stated that she received songwriters’ Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora’s blessing to rework the tune into gospel.
“I called Jon Bon Jovi, and asked if he would be opposed for me turning it into a gospel tune — and I called Richie Sambora, who is a co-writer on it. We all three got together, and everybody threw in their thoughts and their ideas. They certainly condoned my thoughts and ideas.”
“I grew up in a Pentecostal church, where we believed in healing and laying your hands, and praying for people who were sick and all that.”
As we were when we first heard it, Parton claims, “This is going to be a big surprise to people. People are going to be shocked when they hear this one.”
“Lay Your Hands On Me” first appeared on Bon Jovi’s 1988 album, New Jersey and made it to number seven in 1989.
Featuring a collection of 12 bluegrass and country songs, Blue Smoke marks the first release of new music from Parton since 2011. Parton will appear on QVC on Sunday, April 27th at 7 pm ET where she will perform live in front of a studio audience in Nashville and offer a special two disc edition of Blue Smoke, packaged with a five song bonus live CD, Dolly Live, exclusive to QVC, 20 days in advance of the May 13th release.
You can watch Parton’s version of “Lay Your Hands On Me” from her Australian tour below.