Published January 19, 2020 / Last Updated January 17, 2020
Celebrate Dolly Parton’s Birthday and take this quiz to see how much you know about Dolly Parton.
On January 19, fans celebrate the monumental career and living legacy of Dolly Parton. Dolly is a true country music icon with countless reasons to be celebrated! From her first performance at the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 13 to her success today, with each year of her unbelievable career, Dolly fans have loved and followed this incredible songstress. Having such a storied career, Dolly has been recognized for her musical prowess, business acumen and incredible generosity.
Happy Birthday, Dolly! And Thank You for continuing to inspire the dreams of generations and generations to come.
Dolly’s Birthday Challenge
To celebrate Dolly’s Birthday, here’s a challenge to test your Dolly knowledge! How much do you really know about Dolly Parton and her spectacular career? Find out below and share your results.
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Published January 17, 2020 / Last Updated January 17, 2020
Dolly Parton teams up with American Greetings to create products incorporating her music and spirit.
Today, American Greetings announces a multi-year partnership with Dolly Parton that includes digital and physical products integrating the legendary singer-songwriter’s music in unique ways. Additionally, cards featuring her now-classic “Dolly-isms” will roll out in the coming months. Dolly Parton’s birthday is this weekend and the team at American Greetings will be giving fans across the world birthday surprises for years to come. The inaugural Parton product offering, a birthday audio & video “SmashUp” e-card, will take inspiration from Parton’s hit song “9 to 5”.
“I am so thrilled to begin this relationship with the folks at American Greetings,” says Parton. “When presented with this opportunity I knew it was perfect for me. I love connecting with people in unique ways and being able to integrate products that take inspiration from my music and the life lessons I have learned through the years makes this extra special. I know first-hand how a few words in a card can change someone’s day for the better. I am looking forward to working with the Creative group at American Greetings to develop cards that do just that!”
This is Dolly’s first line of greeting cards. The digital products will be available worldwide and the physical products will initially be available in eCommerce channels.
“We are so excited to announce this relationship with Dolly because we make products that are expressions of happiness, laughter, and love, all of which are qualities that she personifies with her infectious, joyful personality,” says Rob Matousek, GM – Direct to Consumer Business at American Greetings. “We believe everyone should feel as special as they are, especially on their birthday. Creating these products with Dolly helps us inspire people to share some happiness with friends and family on their special day.”
Additional announcements are forthcoming as to specific product lines. Fans can register for product alerts at americangreetings.com/dolly.
Team DollyAmerican Greetings Announces Multi-Year Partnership With Dolly Parton
Published January 16, 2020 / Last Updated January 16, 2020
New Acoustic Version of Dolly Parton and Galantis’ Chart-Topping Single “Faith”
Dolly Parton and Galantis released a new acoustic version of their EMD (Electronic Dance Music) single. The new acoustic version of “Faith” finds a perfect middle ground between Dolly’s country roots and Galantis’ signature production.
Late 2019, Dolly Parton teamed up with Swedish DJ/production duo Galantis and Dutch vocalist Mr. Probz for the highly successful EDM single “Faith.” This unlikely collaboration resulted in a single that debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales Chart marking Dolly’s first No. 1 hit in the genre.
Published January 3, 2020 / Last Updated January 3, 2020
Attend the fourth annual Lyrics & Lore hosted at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa Jan. 17-18
January 17-18, 2020, join some of the country’s most talented storytellers and songwriters for an unforgettable weekend of music and storytelling at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa. The fourth annual Lyrics & Lore, an event hosted by the Dollywood Entertainment team, The International Storytelling Center and Bandtwango, brings the beauty and inspiration of songs and stories to the Great Smoky Mountains and celebrates their rich traditions in the Appalachian region.
Workshops and other activities give event guests the opportunity to learn from internationally-recognized storytellers and hit songwriters as they share their stories and offer guidance. Additionally, everyone can sit back and enjoy as these artists perform some of their chart-topping songs or favorite stories. Interested guests do not have to stay at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa to attend Lyrics & Lore.
Lyrics & Lore Headliners
Event headliners Beth Nielson Chapman and Deana Carter bring excitement and inspiration to this year’s event. Chapman has made her mark in the music world by writing award-winning hits for a variety of artists including Elton John, Bette Midler, Faith Hill, and Martina McBride. Chapman’s music has made its way to the big and small screens with tracks in projects including “ER,” “Dawson’s Creek,” “The Rookie,” and “The Prince of Egypt.” Chapman is also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Guests can enjoy Chapman’s headline performance on Friday, Jan. 17.
Country songwriter, recording artist and producer Deana Carter is known for her 1996 multi-platinum international debut album “Did I Shave My Legs For This,” which included her wildly popular single “Strawberry Wine.” More recently, she co-wrote Kenny Chesney’s Grammy-nominated single, “You and Tequila.” Carter also co-wrote and produced an album for recording artist Audra Mae while putting the finishing touches on her own latest album, “A Southern Way of Life.” Carter will give a special performance on Saturday, Jan. 18. Guests can attend both Chapman’s and Carter’s performances at no cost.
The event kicks off Friday morning with a performance by International Storyteller Geraldine Buckley. The award-winning storyteller has been telling stories for more than 30 years across multiple countries. Buckley is known for sharing personal anecdotes that showcase her charming wit, warmth, and humor.
Friday continues with songwriting workshops featuring discussion and instruction from Dave Berg, Tim James, and Chapman. Dave Berg is a country music songwriter whose list of credits includes the Top 10 hits “Stupid Boy” by Keith Urban and “Don’t Make Me” by Blake Shelton. James is an accomplished country music songwriter with hits including Trace Adkins’ Grammy-nominated song “All I Ask For Anymore” and Lee Brice’s radio favorite, “Love Like Crazy.”
Saturday’s workshops showcase the talents of storyteller Andy Irwin and songwriter Guthrie Trapp, as well as more from Berg. Trapp is one of Nashville’s preeminent guitar talents and currently, is finishing work on a follow-up to his successful solo album, “Pick Peace.” Irwin is a one-person showman and one of the most sought-after performing storytellers in the country. He is known for his whimsical voice, hilarious heart-filled stories, and incredible whistling.
A full schedule and registration details for Lyrics & Lore is available at Dollywood.com. Please note that some of the music concerts are separately ticketed events.
Published December 21, 2019 / Last Updated December 30, 2019
Wrapping Up An Incredible Year Of Success for Dolly
Wow! 2019, what an incredible year highlighted by the ever-growing popularity of Dolly! Throughout the year, Dolly continued capturing new generations of fans through amazing collaborations, TV specials, Netflix series and so much more! From the beginning of the year to the end, we’ve seen an unbelievable wave of fandom for this country music icon and mogul! Let’s take a quick look back at this magnificent year in The Dollyverse!
Dolly Parton at “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards” Photo Credit: Curtis Hilbun
Nominations, Honors, and Achievements
Touted as the most-decorated female country music performer of all time, Dolly Parton didn’t allow her previous successes to slow her down! 2019 proved to be an unbelievable year for an already widely celebrated and successful country music icon and business mogul! Here are a few of the nominations, honors, and achievements Dolly picked up throughout the year.
Having been awarded eight Grammy Awards and nominated for forty-eight, Dolly is no stranger to being recognized for her talent! Dolly’s collaborations on “God Only Knows” with KING & COUNTRY and “Girl in the Movies” with Linda Perry lead to two more Grammy nominations at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
With the success of “God Only Knows,” in collaboration with KING & COUNTRY, Dolly received a nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song. This award is given to the artist(s) and songwriter(s) (for new compositions) for the best contemporary Christian pop, Christian rap/hip-hop, or Christian rock single or track.
Best Song Written For Visual Media
Based on the novel by Julie Murphy, Netflix film Dumplin’ released in 2018 featured Dolly Parton’s uplifting song “Girl in the Movies.” This dreamy ballad led to Dolly & Linda Perry receiving a nomination for Best Song Written For Visual Media. A Songwriter(s) award. For a song (melody & lyrics) written specifically for a motion picture, television, video games or other visual media.
In addition to Dolly’s personal musical success, Dollywood also received a nomination for it’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas was nominated for USA Today 10Best Award for the best theme park holiday event in the US.
While receiving these nominations throughout the year, Dolly also received multiple honors for both her personal achievements and business acumen.
2019 MusiCares® Person Of The Year – Grammy
The MusiCares Person Of The Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during Grammy Week and includes a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive selection of one-of-a-kind items for bidding guests followed by a dinner and tribute concert featuring renowned musicians and other artists paying tribute to Parton’s music and legacy.
Three 2019 Golden Ticket Awards
The Golden Ticket Awards are the most sought-after awards in the business of amusements and attractions. Dollywood was able to capture three of the 2019 Golden Ticket Awards and earned finalist placement in seven total categories and won more awards than any other park.
Most-Honored Park Wins For Best Kids’ Area Winner
Best Guest Experience Winner
Best Christmas Event Winer
FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award
Dolly Parton and the Dollywood Foundation received this honor from the Knoxville Division for the generous support and goodwill provided to the people who were affected by the 2016 wildfires.
Dolly Earns No. 1 with “Faith”
Dolly Parton & Glantis Debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales Chart. This marks Dolly’s first No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Chart.
Opening of Pirates Voyage in Pigeon Forge and Inaugural Christmas at Pirates Voyage Season
“Dolly Parton: 50 Years At The Grand Ole Opry”
Grand Ole Opry Celebrates Dolly Parton’s 50th Anniversary Of Opry Membership on NBC.
Grand Ole Opry House also hosted an exclusive Dolly Parton exhibit (“Dolly: My Opry Memories”).
Nashville Mayor Declares August 5 Dolly Parton Day
Dolly Parton To Be Inducted Into East Tennessee Writers Hall Of Fame
Fire Departments Receive $200,000 From Dolly Parton’s My People Fund
Shows & Productions
The 53rd Annual CMA Awards
Celebrating legendary women in Country Music, Dolly participated in a history-making performance while also Co-hosting this special night.
“Dolly Parton’s Heart Strings”
The Netflix Original series features eight stories focused on faith, love, and forgiveness all inspired by Dolly’s iconic songs and premiered November 22.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas Carol
With all-new music written by Dolly, Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain take on the Christmas Carol debuted and featured in Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre for a limited time.
Shop Dolly Launch
Near the close of the year, we were happy to announce the launch of “Shop Dolly,” Dolly’s official merch store. With the launch of the Shop Dolly, we’re happy to offer an all-new online shopping experience to engage with Dolly’s brand. Whether it’s a gift for your favorite Dolly fan or a late holiday gift to yourself, Dolly’s new online merch shop has something for everyone.
While these are several highlights of an amazing year for Dolly, be sure to subscribe to her Friends & Fans Newsletter where you can be sure to keep up with all things Dolly!