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Candi Carpenter Releases Shockingly Soulful Cover of Dolly Parton’s “Little Sparrow” Produced by Brandi Carlile

Nashville-based singer-songwriter and independent artist Candi Carpenter has released her own soulful version of Dolly Parton’s famed “Little Sparrow”. Carpenter’s rendition highlights her wide-range and powerful vocal ability while paying tribute to her longtime idol who has also become one of her biggest advocates. The captivating cover is produced by GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, and marks the second time she and Carpenter have collaborated. Listen here

“Candi’s voice is powerful and haunting,” says Carlile. “Her version of ‘Little Sparrow’ is emotionally compelling and chill-inducing. It is a privilege to produce such a talented and driven artist.”

Carpenter premiered her rendition of “Little Sparrow” to a standing ovation at the Grand Ole Opry as part of the star-studded celebration honoring Dolly Parton’s 50th year as an Opry member on October 12th. Parton, who has been a lifelong inspiration and musical mentor to Carpenter, was there to introduce her personally as she took the stage: a full circle moment she will cherish for years to come. ​“She is one of the greatest singer-songwriters I’ve ever heard, bar none,” says Parton, who also expressed her love for Carpenter on ​​Twitter​. ​“I became a fan when I heard some demos and said, “THAT GIRL’S A STAR!” I think you will agree.”

“‘Little Sparrow’ is one of Dolly’s most poignant and heartbreaking songs,” says Carpenter. “I guess you could say I’ve always seen reflections of my own story in the lyrics. Brandi likes to record live, and our final version is the first take we tracked, vocals and all. Her production has a cinematic depth and southern gothic quality that’s pure magic. I feel like she really understands the way I see the world.”

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