What an honor it was to sit down with Stella Parton during our recent trip to Nashville!
Parton is the younger sister of Dolly Parton and has made quite a name for herself over the years! She recently released her 18th studio album, Mountain Songbird. The album has 13 songs, 11 of which are a tribute to her older sister.
I have been asked many times throughout my career to record an entire album of her (Dolly’s) music, but in my heart and mind, I never felt I could ever do her music or performances justice. So in the end, while making the decision to record this tribute album of eleven of my favorites, I decided to sing the story songs because they resonated with me the most. Dolly has always been my favorite songwriter, although I grew up in a family chocked full of them. It was indeed a daunting task to choose eleven of my favorite songs from a catalog so vast. I have chosen to sing them as sincerely and respectfully as possible and I hope you can hear that in my humble and honest approach to my sister’s beautiful songs. I am pleased and honored to share my sister tribute.
In our interview, Stella explained the difficulty of having to choose only 11 songs out of over 3,000! It’s amazing to think Dolly has written that many! The sisters also teamed up to write a song together for the project and Stella told us it will be coming out as a single soon!
WATCH OUR INTERVIEW WITH STELLA PARTON
Dolly has listened to the album and couldn’t be more proud of the way it turned out!
Stella is a great singer, entertainer and songwriter. All the more reason I am so proud she decided to do a tribute CD of my songs. She was there from the beginning of my career and always complimented and encouraged me in my writing. I admire and respect the way that she chose to do my songs. She stayed true to the original spirit in which I wrote them and yet found a way to make them her own. I really love how they turned out and I think you will, too. It’s been a personal source of joy to be able to hear this loving tribute from one sister to another and just to be able to work that closely with her. I am especially proud of the song we wrote together “More Power To Ya.” I hope you will enjoy this CD as much as we’ve enjoyed working on it for you.
Stella will also be in the sequel to the movie Coat of Many Colors which is based on her family and largely Dolly’s life growing up. The sequel is titled Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love and will be centered around their family’s Christmas traditions, an unexpected blizzard and the start of Dolly’s singing career.
LISTEN TO STELLA PARTON’S ALBUM MOUNTAIN SONGBIRD