Proceeds will benefit her Imagination Library.
Sevierville, Tennessee’s own Dolly Parton—the most honored female country performer of all time—announced plans to release a children’s album, “I Believe in You,” this fall. The album is the renowned singer and songwriter’s first album written and recorded especially for children. Proceeds from “I Believe in You” will benefit the Imagination Library, which she created two decades ago.
A digital release of “I Believe in You” on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville will be available September 29; then beginning October 13 the album will be available in stores worldwide. All 13 songs on the album were written and performed by Dolly Parton. A bonus 14th track features her reading the children’s book, “Coat of Many Colors.”
“My first album was released 50 years ago and it's been an amazing 50 years since then,” said Dolly Parton in a statement. “I am very excited that now I'm coming out with my first children's album in all of those 50 years. I'm proudest of all that all of the proceeds from this CD will go to the Imagination Library. It's been 20 years since the Imagination Library was launched. We've seen 100 million books get into the hands of children and hopefully there will be many more.”
Dolly Parton, who grew up in a one-room cabin in Sevierville, has long demonstrated a soft spot for children. She founded the Imagination Library in her hometown in 1996 to support childhood literacy. Through Imagination Library, a new age-appropriate book is gifted each month to every child under age five in participating communities around the world. In North America, every child’s first book is the classic “Little Engine that Could.” By the time he or she enters kindergarten, each enrolled child has received a library of 60 books. The Library now serves more than 1,600 communities in Australia, Belize, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States, and has gifted more than 100 million books to more than one million children.
Dolly Parton has had 25 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career Top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and has won multiple honors including eight Grammy Awards.
Sevierville, Tennessee Celebrates “A Year of Dolly”
2017 marks the release of Dolly Parton’s first children’s album and is also the 30th anniversary of the unveiling of the bronze statue of Dolly Parton on the Sevier County Courthouse lawn in historic downtown Sevierville. A tribute to the superstar by her hometown community, the six-and-a-half-foot tall sculpture was crafted by nationally-known local artist Jim Gray.
The sculpture depicts Dolly fresh-faced with a loose ponytail, sitting barefoot on a mountain boulder with her guitar. It captures Dolly’s love of the Smoky Mountains and surrounding community while also celebrating her joyful spirit. Dolly ranks the work as one of her most-prized recognitions and has said, “One of the best things that ever happened to me in my whole career is the statue of me in the Courthouse yard in Sevierville.”
You can learn more about the statue at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, which is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the artwork with a special exhibit, “30: Celebrating Dolly in Bronze,” on display through the end of the year.
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For more information about Dolly Parton, visit www.dollyparton.com