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First Play: Dolly Parton, I Believe in You

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Fifty years ago, Dolly Parton released her debut album, Hello, I'm Dolly, and the singer has since won nine Grammys (and garnered 47 nominations), counted more than 20 No. 1 songs on the Billboard country music charts and 41 top 10 country albums. But after so many records — both figuratively and literally — this year marks a first for the country legend: the release of a children's album.

I Believe in You is a collection of 12 new tracks written and performed by Parton, plus a reprise of "Coat of Many Colors" and a reading of that same song in bonus-track form. The album's message is plain from its title: with song themes ranging from bullying to belonging, I Believe in You is about making every kid feel safe and welcome. All proceeds from the album will go to the Imagination Library, Parton's charity and literacy program that sends free books to children five and under.

The fourth of 12 siblings, several of Parton's brothers and sisters came to live with her "early on in life," she told the Christian Post. "I've loved their kids just like they're my grandkids, and now I've got great-grand kids!" Known as "Aunt Granny" to those great-grand kids, Parton is also godmother to pop singer Miley Cyrus — who just released a new album that includes the song "Rainbowland," a collaboration with her godmother that has lyrical crossover with one of Parton's new kids' songs, "I am a Rainbow."

I Believe in You will be released on Oct. 13. Pre-order it here.

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