In 1967, Dolly Parton released her first ever album, called “Hello, I’m Dolly”. Half a century later, she’s still a beloved country music icon who’s composed more than 3,000 songs, had 41 top 10 country albums and has had 25 number one songs on the Billboard Country charts.
After all of that massive success, she’s still making history, finally releasing her very first children’s album called “I Believe in You”.
ET Canada’s own Carlos Bustamante sat down with Parton in Nashville to chat about her new album and why she never got around to having children of her own.
After being married for more than 50 years, Parton and her husband Carl Thomas Dean thought that they were going to start trying for kids.
“We even had names for them and all, but it never did work out that way,” says Parton. “And then you know how time goes by, you think ‘Well I think it was not meant for us to have kids.'”
Parton has carved a career that spans five decades and today she adds to her impressive list of achievements with her first ever children’s album, “I Believe in You”.
“I have the Imagination Library, where I give books to children from the time they’re born, to the time they start school,” says Parton. “All through the years I’ve been writing songs based on the books that we give out.”
“It just hit me like a light bulb. This is the year to do a children’s album,” she says.
All of the proceeds from the album will be going directly to the Imagination Library, a program dedicated to improving educational opportunities from children in several communities.
Dolly was inspired to start the program because of her Dad, who never knew how to read or write, and has since given out over 100 million books to children.
Not only has Dolly come out with her own album, but she also recorded the song “Rainbowland” for her goddaughter Miley Cyrus’ new album.
“I’ve always known she was so talented, so gifted and I know what she was going through when she was trying to make her own way after Hannah Montana,” says Parton. “I’ve said she’s always going to land on her feet no matter how high she jumps. And she has and she will.”