Dolly Parton will release her first album of original children’s music this fall, with all the proceeds going to her Imagination Library, that sends free books to kids all over the world.
The entertainment legend wrote all 14 of the tracks on I Believe in You, drawing inspiration from her large family both in East Tennessee and in Nashville.
“I have all my little nieces and nephews… and I always try to keep playhouses and treehouses and things where I play with them when they come to visit me,” she explains. “And usually when I write these children’s songs, I go up to the treehouse or sit there and kinda put myself back in their place, and I try to become a kid again.”
The Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer reveals many of the songs on the album, like “Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny” and “Chemo Hero,” were written with the next generation of Partons in mind.
“It’s so easy for me to tailor-make them to my little nieces and nephews that I’m with all the time,” Dolly says. “I hear what their feelings are, how they think, the things they go through, so I try to write songs you know, to help them, too.”
I Believe in You features a new recording of Dolly’s classic “Coat of Many Colors,” as well as a bonus track with her reading the children’s book based on the song. You’ll be able to pick up a digital copy on September 29, with physical copies coming on October 13.
Here’s the complete track listing for I Believe in You:
“I Believe in You”
“Coat of Many Colors”
“I Am a Rainbow”
“A Friend Like You”
“You Can Do It”
“You Gotta Be”
“Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny”
“Brave Little Soldier”
Bonus track: Coat of Many Colors book read by Dolly Parton
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