Dolly Parton has a rags-to-rhinestones story which started on January 19, 1946. Dolly grew up in Locust Ridge near the great smoky mountains. Music runs deep within the Parton family, many playing an important part in Dolly’s success. Her uncle Bill Owens helped her get started in the music industry. From taking the stage in Knoxville and then being on the ‘Porter Wagoner Show’, Dolly catapulted to super-stardom.
Her country songs have captivated the hearts of generations and her smile has brightened the lives of millions. Her trademark being a style recognised across all over the world. So much so that Dolly is part of an elite group as she has received a nomination from all four of the major American entertainment awards organisations: Emmy, Oscar, GRAMMY and Tony and in 2004 she received a Distinguished Living Legend Award from the US Library of Congress. In 2011 she received the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award.
She has changed the face of the entertainment industry, helping to kick down many doors for female performers in both country and pop music. She has conquered the worlds of books, television, and movies. She has also developed one of the strongest song catalogues for any female singer-songwriter in any genre. As a writer, she has penned some of the most poignant and heartbreaking ballads about life in the Smoky Mountains as well as some of the defining love songs of all time like: D.I.V.O.R.C.E, 9 to 5, Coat of many colours, Jolene, Love is like a butterfly, I will always love you and Here you come again.
From singing barefoot on the porch at her Tennessee Mountain home to six inch heels on stage, she is a larger than life living legend with a heard as big as as her dreams. Read more about Dolly here on her official website.