HOLLYWOOD, California, January 12, 2012 ( – In an era of fading values and morals, people in America are looking for a way to connect with God again, said country singer legend Dolly Parton.

Parton was commenting to Fox411’s Pop Tarts column at the Hollywood premiere of her new movie, “Joyful Noise,” a Gospel music-themed flick whose message she hopes a hurting nation may respond to.

“Everybody’s been feeling a little scared and a little down, and the economy has been bad and people don’t know what to think. We just seem to have lost all our morals and principles and values these days,” Parton told FOX Monday night. “People are looking for something a little more stable; people are feeling like they need to get closer to God.”


Parton, the fourth of 12 children, has been married to the same man since she was 20 years old. They celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary this year.

The Steel Magnolias star also told FOX she hoped that, although “we’re all just a bunch of sinners,” her work would be a way for God to touch the world.

“I always ask God to work through me, and let me be a light of some kind and help in this world, so I always pray for that and I always want to do good,” she said. “We’re all just a bunch of sinners, but we do the best we can. He works through people in His own way, and I always ask him to let me be a blessing to people.”

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