Joking that she’s going through “a second childhood,” Dolly Parton announced at an Aug. 15 press conference in Nashville that she is set to release her very first children’s album, “I Believe In You.”
Wearing a hot pink two-piece outfit and her trademark high heels, Dolly sang a few songs from the set, including an anti-bullying anthem called “Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny,” and unveiled the cover of the album, which features an image of her in a blue dress looking upward while sporting a pair of butterfly wings.
The album will be available Oct. 13 on RCA Records, with a digital version on sale Sept. 29. Several of the songs are aimed at children going through health struggles, including “Brave Little Soldier” and “Chemo Hero,” the latter written for her niece. Dolly said she wrote the set’s 14 songs in a treehouse that she keeps on her property for her nieces and nephews to play in.
All the proceeds from the set will benefit Dolly’s charity, the Imagination Library, which provides free books for enrolled children from birth to age 5. The program has put 100 million books into the hands of children since its launch in 1996, Dolly said at the press conference. She currently gives away 1.1 million books a month, in conjunction with Random House.
Members of the media were invited to attend the press conference with their children in the 3-10 age range, and during the event, Dolly sat down and read to the kids from a book based on her song, “Coat of Many Colors.”
She also mentioned at the press conference that she released her first album 50 years ago this year.