Review: Dolly Parton releases children’s album

Story by Erin Alexander / Contributing Writer

Dolly​ ​Parton​ ​is​ ​known​ ​nationwide​ ​for​ ​that​ ​classic​ ​country​ ​sound.​ The icon released her​ ​first​ ​album, “Hello I’m Dolly,”​​ ​50 years​ ​ago. Fast-forward half a century, and ​she’s still producing new music for her fans. Except these fans are a bit younger than Parton’s general audience.

Parton’s​ ​first​ ​children’s​ ​album​,​ ​“I Believe​ ​in​ ​You,” includes old-time classics that everyone knows and loves, along with ​a​ few new​ ​songs​ ​that​ ​seem​ ​to​ ​fit​ ​well​ ​with​ ​the​ ​child​ ​audience.​ ​The​ ​project​​ ​also​ ​features​ ​a​ ​read​-along of​ ​the​​ ​tale​ ​“Coat​ ​of​ ​Many​ ​Colors.”

Parton’s​ ​timeless​ ​songs​ ​usually​ ​tell​ ​a​ ​story,​ ​and​ ​this​ ​new​ ​album​ ​continues down the same path.​ ​”You Gotta Be,” one​ ​of​ the ​album’s featured​ ​songs, actually derives from Parton’s ​first​ ​radio appearance. The fourth track, “I Am a Rainbow,” is suited just for her young audience. With a message of teaching children the importance of having a colorful personality and positive outlook on life, it well-deserves a spot on the album.

“Making​ ​Fun​ ​Ain’t Funny,” another track which belongs to the album,​ ​focuses on a major issue for children: bullying. The track speculates​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of​ ​not​ ​being​ ​a​ ​bully​ ​to​ ​other​ ​people, and the song is accompanied by backup vocals from children.

Songs​ ​like​ ​“I​ ​Am​ ​A​ ​Rainbow”​ ​and​ ​“Making​ ​Fun​ ​Ain’t​ ​Funny” perfectly target Parton’s children audience. Nevertheless,​ Parton’s​​ ​humble​ ​and​ ​caring personality continue to shine in “I Believe in You.”

What makes this album even better is the fact that all proceeds from sales will go directly to Parton’s charity, Imagination Library. Imagination Library sends books to registered children in order to keep them learning by reading.

Growing up in a poor family, Parton understands the importance of being grateful for what you have and never taking anything for granted.

Parton​ ​has shown​ ​many​ ​times​ ​how​ ​grateful​ ​she​ ​was​ ​to​ ​have​ ​grown up​ ​the​ ​way​ ​she​ ​did,​ ​despite​ ​not​ ​having​ ​much.​ ​However,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​not​ ​about​ ​how​ ​much​ ​she​ ​had,​ ​but rather​ ​who​ ​she​ ​had: ​a​ ​loving​ ​family​ ​and​ ​parents​ ​who​ ​taught​ ​her​ ​to​ ​be​ ​humble​ ​no​ ​matter where​ ​she​ ​ended​ ​up​ ​in​ ​life.​ ​ ​This​ ​new album​ ​for​ ​children​ ​reinforces​ Parton’s personal philosophies of humility and generosity.

The​ ​new​ ​children’s​ ​album​ ​has​ ​been​ ​released​ ​digitally​ ​on​ ​September​ ​29​ ​and​ ​the​ ​physical​ ​copy will​ ​be​ ​in​ ​stores​ ​on​ ​October​ ​13.

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