Jennifer Nettles On “Human Journey” of ‘Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors’

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Acclaimed country artist Jennifer Nettles and Golden Globe winning Ricky Schroder headline the new NBC feature Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors. Inspired by Dolly Parton’s upbringing, the feature centers on how the Parton family overcame tragedy and hardships through the power of determined faith and love.

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NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS — NBCUniversal Press Tour, August 2015 — NBC’s “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” Session — Pictured: Jennifer Nettles — (Photo by: Ben Cohen/NBCUniversal)

Nettles and Schroder play Avie Lee Parton and Robert Lee Parton, with Alyvia Lind starring as 9-year-old Dolly Parton. Set in the Tennessee Great Smokey Mountains in 1955, the feature is directed by prolific filmmaker Stephen Herek, best known for his work on the features The Three Musketeers, The Mighty Ducks, and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

For Nettles, the film’s story of perseverance and hope reminds her of the evocative Leonard Cohen track “Anthem.”

“I love Leonard Cohen and there’s a beautiful quote in one of his songs that says, ‘Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in,'” said Nettles during this year’s NBC/Universal TCA tour. “(With this) story – that is what we celebrate. There is a crack in everything but there is light that comes through.”

In the audio clip below, Jennifer Nettles elaborates on how music, acting (whether it’s on stage or in a movie), is really all about the “human journey” and the nature of storytelling:


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