Dolly Parton held a press conference in Nashville on Tuesday, announcing plans to release her very first children’s album.
Titled I Believe In You, the forthcoming album — to be released digitally on Sept. 29, with the physical CD to drop on Oct. 13 — is described as “her first album written and recorded for kids and those young at heart.”
All 14 songs on the album, she revealed, were written and performed by her, and she admitted that a children’s album has been a long time coming.
“My first album was released 50 years ago and it’s been an amazing 50 years since then,” said the country music superstar. “I am very excited that now I’m coming out with my first children’s album in all of those 50 years.”
In addition, Parton also announced that proceeds from the album will be donated to a charity that’s near and dear to her heart: Parton’s own Imagination Library, a book-gifting organization that has mailed millions of age-appropriate books to children in Australia, Belize, Canada, the U.K. and the U.S.
“I’m proudest of all that all of the proceeds from this CD will go to the Imagination Library,” she said. “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.”
In addition to revealing the album cover, Parton also unveiled the track listing:
- “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”
- Bonus track spoken audio: “Coat of Many Colors” (book read by Dolly Parton)
Parton also took to Twitter to share the news to her social-media followers: