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‘Joyful Noise’ soundtrack

Published January 10, 2012 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Dolly wrote three songs for the “Joyful Noise Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” including a love song, “From Here to the Moon and Back.”

Dolly’s starring role in the movie “Joyful Noise” (2012) led to her writing three original songs for the soundtrack to the Warner Brothers movie (her first leading role since “Straight Talk” in 1992).

Her three songs (“From Here to the Moon and Back,” “Not Enough,” and “He’s Everything”) were the newest in a list of over 3,000 songs published by Dolly who wrote her first song at the age of five. Dolly once said,

“Ever since I was a little bitty kid, I could just rhyme everything. Every story was a rhyme. It was always fun and it just kind of carried on over the years. I love to write. That’s my favorite thing of all. To me, I’d rather write than to sing. My biggest thrill is to write songs then go in the studio and hear them back.”

The movie features Dolly and Queen Latifah as competing choir members who end up working together to help their church choir win a national choral competition. The soundtrack has sold well over 100,000 copies since its release.

The song “From Here to the Moon and Back” was meaningful as Dolly said her husband, Carl Dean was her muse. “I needed to write a beautiful love song. I picked my husband, who I love, and I thought, ‘Well, I’ll write some beautiful song about him.’ It was about my husband in the movie, played by Kris Kristofferson, so I thought in order to make it really real and really touching, I would write it about my real, true emotions about someone I really do love and have loved for more than half of my life.”

“Not Enough” is about coming together with others to solve problems when things are tough which is the common thread of the film itself.

“He’s Everything” is a gospel song written to highlight the church choir at the center of the movie. God was right at the center of why Dolly was involved in the movie,

“I really just felt for myself that [Joyful Noise] was a very uplifting thing for me. It was like good medicine for my own soul, and the fact that it’s to help, hopefully, uplift mankind. But I just think that we should just be praising God a little more than we are, to just glorify Him more.”

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‘The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom’

Published March 4, 2011 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Dolly contributes to ‘The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom,’ a Canadian coming-of-age film directed by Tara Johns

Dolly contributed her voice in two cameo roles in the Canadian coming-of-age film “The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom,” released in 2011. The main character, Elizabeth, played by Julia Stone, grows up in the 1970s idolizing Dolly and her individualism. The film includes several of Dolly’s songs, including versions sung by Canadian artists Martha Wainwright, Coral Egan, Nelly Furtado, Genevieve Toupin, and Wailin’ Jennies.

The film was directed by Calgary Alberta’s Tara Johns who explained her inclusion of Dolly,

“…I heard a radio interview that Dolly Parton gave. I was blown away by what a strong, independent, forthright woman she really was, and she always has been. And I just thought she’d be such a cool role model for so many girls, especially in the ‘70s. She’s like Madonna for the ‘70s.”

 

Dolly said after seeing the movie,

“I thought it was really, really great and was very, very proud of it… I thought everyone was great. But, I especially loved my little daughter. (Ha!)”

 

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‘Travelin’ Thru’ receives a GRAMMY nomination

Published December 8, 2006 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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“Travelin Thru” written by Dolly Parton receives a GRAMMY nomination for Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

The original song, “Travelin’ Thru” received a host of awards and nominations. In 2006, it earned a GRAMMY nomination for Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

Dolly performed the song on the soundtrack of, “Transamerica.” The director/producer, Duncan Tucker, gave Dolly some direction when he made his request.

“He wanted the song to be about redemption and about people’s feelings.”

After giving the song and the film some thought, Dolly decided on a spiritual direction with a gospel feel.

 

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‘Travelin’ Thru’ on ‘Transamerica’ soundtrack

Published July 8, 2005 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Written and performed by Dolly for the movie “Transamerica”

“Travelin’ Thru” is an original song written and performed by Dolly for the movie “Transamerica.” The song went on to receive nominations for an Academy Award for Best Song and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. It was also nominated by the Broadcast Film Critics Association for Best Song and won for Best Original Song at the Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards on 2005.

When Duncan Tucker, the director of the movie “Transamerica,” was looking for a song for the end credits of his movie, he had only one thought, Dolly Parton.

Dolly said about her motivation for writing the movie’s song,

“Some people are blind or ignorant, and you can’t be that prejudiced and hateful and go through this world and still be happy. One thing about this movie is that I think art can change minds. It’s alright to be who you are.”

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‘The Beverly Hillbillies’

Published October 15, 1993 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Dolly appears as herself in ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ movie

Dolly appeared as herself in the big screen adaptation of the classic television series, ‘The Beverly Hillbillies.’ The movie starred Jim Varney as the family patriarch Jed Clampett who strikes oil and decides to move to Beverly Hills. Dolly appears in the film to sing Happy Birthday to the Jed Clampett character. The movie is also a reunion of sorts as it reunites Dolly, Lily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman.

Dolly wrote and performed “If You Ain’t Got Love” for the film’s soundtrack.

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