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Dolly Parton, For King and Country & Zach Williams Delivered a Faith-Filled 2019 CMA Performance

Dolly Parton, center, performs "God Only Knows", "There Was Jesus", and "Faith" with Joel Smallbone, left, and Luke Smallbone, right, of For King & Country at the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Dolly Parton promised an uplifting CMA Awards performance in 2019 and the country legend delivered with her faith-filled medley with For King and Country and Zach Williams. Parton performed "God Only Knows" with For King and Country and "There Was Jesus" with Zach Williams. She also performed "Faith," an EDM-inspired song she released earlier in 2019.

Earlier that year, Parton explained that she wanted to bring a little light to a dark world.

"This world is just so dark and ugly and awful," Parton said. "I can't believe how we just can't have a little more light and a little more love. So I'm gonna try and make it my business to do more songs that are more uplifting. Not just all Christian-based songs, but songs that are just about better things, and have a little more light."

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Parton helped open the 53rd annual CMA Awards with co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire, along with The Highwomen (Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires), Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Tanya Tucker, Crystal Gayle and Gretchen Wilson.

The 2020 CMA Awards air on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from Nashville.

You can check out the full list of 2019 CMA award winners here.

This article was originally published in 2019.

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Dolly Parton, For King and Country & Zach Williams Delivered a Faith-Filled 2019 CMA Performance