Dolly Parton has announced that she will release her first ever children’s album, I Believe In You, on September 29th digitally and October 13th physically via Dolly Records/RCA Nashville. The famed singer/songwriter wrote all 14 tracks on the project for kids and those young at heart.
“My first album was released 50 years ago and it’s been an amazing 50 years since then. 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,” Dolly states. “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.”
Since its beginning in 1996 in Parton’s hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee, the Imagination Library has expanded into four countries serving more than one-million children by providing a brand new, age-appropriate book each month. In North America, every child’s first book is the classic Little Engine That Could.
With children seated around her in front of the fireside living room set that was built for the Smoky Mountains Rise telethon last December, Dolly Parton revealed her I Believe In You album cover and track listing.
Before and after reading her Coat Of Many Colors book, she treated the kids and media to a performance of three songs featured on the new album, “I Believe in You,” “Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny” and “Brave Little Soldier.” The press conference ended with Parton answering questions and taking family photos with all the guests.
The album was produced by Tom McBryde and Tom Rutledge and executive produced by Parton and Paul T. Couch.
Parton can also be heard on pop star Kesha’s latest album, Rainbow. Kesha invited Parton to join her for a duet version of Parton’s tenth No. 1 single “Old Flames (Can’t Hold a Candle to You)” which was released in 1980. The album released on August 11th via RCA Records.
- I Believe in You
- Coat of Many Colors (new recording)
- Together Forever
- I Am a Rainbow
- I’m Here
- A Friend Like You
- You Can Do It
- You Gotta Be
- Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny
- Chemo Hero
- Brave Little Soldier
- Coat of Many Colors (Spoken Audio Bonus Track)