Dolly Parton’s Children's Album Is The Kind Of Sunshine Your Adult Soul Needs

by S. Atkinson
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The country musician isn't one to rest on her laurels, the fact that Dolly Parton is releasing her first children's album in her seventh decade on our planet isn't exactly surprising. Of course, hearing about it is different from seeing the cover for Parton's I Believe In You. It's a truth universally acknowledged that the star is equal parts rainbow, glitter, and unicorn, but this photo is the ultimate proof for any naysayers, considering that its visual splendor massaging eyeballs and soul alike.

Too much? OK, fine. But it's especially fun for fans since, in recent years, the "Jolene" singer has tended to use old photos of herself for album covers — like her her 2016 release Country Girl In The Big Apple: Live At The Bottom Line, New York City 1977 — or stripped back, minimal visuals for albums — like her 2016 album Pure & Simple. But this shows us as her public may best know her: an ethereal fairy singer who loves to sparkle.

The musician, who is releasing I Believe In You digitally on September 29 and in stores on October 13, argued it felt like the perfect time for the record, joking, "Since I'm getting so old, I'm going back into my second childhood." But the record isn't just about exploring childhood, but benefiting it, with proceeds going to Parton's Imagination Library program.

The Imagination Library website states that over a million children use the scheme per month and reports that it improves early childhood literary for those involved in the program. The star revealed she hoped the record might mean recruiting some new, extra young fans "because a lot of them, their parents liked me, and they became their grandparents and introduced me to them. I think kids can kind of relate to me, like a Mother Goose character."

From the sounds of these ultra sunny track titles that the singer also released, I Believe In You could be just the thing to put a spring in your step, regardless of whether you fit into the kid demographic or not.