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Dolly Parton to release her first children's album

UPI News Service, 08/17/2017 

Dolly Parton will release her first-ever children's album in September.

The 71-year-old singer confirmed in a tweet Tuesday that she will release the album I Believe in You to benefit her Imagination Library charity.

"I am so excited to announce my very first children's album & am so proud that all of the proceeds from this CD will go to @dollyslibrary," she captioned a photo of the album's cover art.

Parton shared details about I Believe in You at a press conference the same day in Nashville. She said it's been "an amazing 50 years" since her debut studio album, Hello, I'm Dolly, was released in 1967.

"I am very excited that now I'm coming out with my first children's album in all of those 50 years," the star said, according to People. "I'm proudest of all that all of the proceeds from this CD will go to the Imagination Library."

Parton wrote and recorded all 14 tracks for I Believe in You, which will debut Sept. 29 in digital form and Oct. 13 in physical formats. She said she hopes the album will help her reach a new generation of fans.

"It just seemed like it was the time [to make this record]," the singer explained, according to Rolling Stone. "Since I'm getting so old, I'm going back into my second childhood."

"These kids, I hope they'll be fans, because a lot of them, their parents liked me, and they became their grandparents and introduced me to them," she added. "I think kids can kind of relate to me, like a Mother Goose character."

Parton founded Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in 1995. The program distributes over one million books around the world per month to help promote literacy and a love of reading in children.

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