Late last month, Tennessee-native singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and all-around superstar Dolly Parton made the latest addition to her 50-year catalogue of studio albums. The new project, I Believe In You, her first-ever album specifically targeted to children. In typical Dolly fashion, she didn’t let the occasion pass without taking an opportunity to give back to the community and champion the bright futures of Tennessee kids. As Billboard reports, Parton recently donated $1 Million to the Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital in Nashville.
At a recent visit with patients at the hospital, Parton took some time to sing and to talk about her love of children and how it’s affected her philanthropy as a public figure: “I love children. I’ve always been involved in one way or another with children’s charities or with children in general, because I love little kids. I’m from a big family of children.”
Parton also heads the Imagination Library, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote early childhood literacy by giving children age-appropriate books to read. A portion of the sales of I Believe In You is benefiting the Imagination Library.
Watch Dolly Parton visit the patients at Vanderbilt University’s Monroe Carell Jr. Children Hospital
You can also stream “I Believe In You” for your little ones below via Spotify:
[h/t – Billboard]
[Cover photo via The Independent]