I Believe in You (Dolly Parton album)

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I Believe in You
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released September 29, 2017
Recorded Westpark Sound, Franklin, TN
Genre Country, children's
Length 31:23
  • Tom McBryde
  • Richard Dennison
  • Tom Rutledge
  • Dolly Parton (exec.)
  • Paul T. Couch (exec.)
Dolly Parton chronology
The Complete Trio Collection
(2016)The Complete Trio Collection2016
I Believe in You

I Believe in You is the first children’s album by American country music singer-songwriter Dolly Parton.[1] It was released digitally on September 29, 2017, and physically on October 13, 2017, by Dolly Records and RCA Nashville. All proceeds from the album's sales will go to benefit Parton's Imagination Library.[2]


The album was originally announced on July 5, 2014, with the release of the title track, "I Believe in You", as a free download on Parton's official website. The release stated, "All families who receive the gift of Imagination Library books were also presented with a free download of Parton's song, "I Believe in You", that she wrote for the Imagination Playhouse at Dollywood. Eleven additional songs will soon be made available for purchase, with 100 percent of sales supporting the longevity of the Dollywood Foundation."[3]

On October 18, 2016, Parton re-released her children's book, Coat of Many Colors, based on her hit song of the same name. This new version of the book featured new cover art and illustrations, as well as a free download of the song, "Makin' Fun Ain't Funny".[4]

On August 15, 2017, Parton formally announced the album's upcoming release at a press conference at her management's Nashville office in front of reporters and their children, saying "I love kids and I am so excited. It just seems like the right time [to release a children's album] since I'm getting so old, I'm getting back into my second childhood." She also revealed the album's cover and revealed the track listing, as well as singing three songs from the album and reading a story to the children.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[6]
Drowned in Sound6/10 stars[7]
Renown for Sound3/5 stars[8]
Spill Magazine4/5 stars[9]

The album has received mixed to positive reviews from the critics. James Christopher Monger of AllMusic considered Parton's "effusive personality and seemingly ageless voice lend themselves well to the [children] genre", that her "natural charisma and easy demeanor help keep things from becoming too cloying", and "with all proceeds from the album going to her bookworm charity, it's awfully hard to find fault with any of it."[6] Elizabeth Andrews of Spill Magazine judged Parton first foray into children music a successful one, and that the album "is a gift to share with parents, kids, the young at heart among us, and anyone needing a bit of a pick-me-up."[9] Drowned in Sound however criticized the production of the album as "as counterfeit as much of Parton's idealised America has been throughout the years, and sounds like it was made on a Casio keyboard for the most part", nevertheless thought that "there's plenty for children to like about this album and it's hard to turn up the nose at the moral message which is at the core of the songs."

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 11 on the Kid Albums,[10] but reached No. 3 in its third week.[11] It also debuted at No. 20 on the Top Country Albums chart in the third week, with 4,800 copies sold that week.[12] It has sold 25,500 copies in the United States as of April 2018.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Dolly Parton.[14]

1."I Believe in You"2:00
2."Coat of Many Colors"2:56
3."Together Forever"2:26
4."I Am a Rainbow"1:58
5."I'm Here"2:27
6."A Friend Like You"1:52
8."You Can Do It"1:53
10."You Gotta Be"1:54
11."Makin' Fun Ain't Funny"2:19
12."Chemo Hero"2:09
13."Brave Little Soldier"2:34
14."A Reading of "Coat of Many Colors"" (bonus track)2:45


Chart (2017) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 80
Scottish Albums (OCC)[16] 90
US Billboard 200[17] 173
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[18] 20
US Kid Albums (Billboard)[11] 3

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Worldwide September 29, 2017 Digital download
October 13, 2017 CD


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  2. ^ "Dolly Parton Announces Her First Children's Album". Taste of Country. 
  3. ^ "I Believe In You - Free Children's Music Download - Dolly Parton". dollyparton.com. 
  4. ^ ""Makin' Fun Ain't Funny" By Dolly Parton". dollyparton.com. 
  5. ^ staff, WKRN web (August 15, 2017). "Dolly Parton announces first-ever children's album to benefit Imagination Library". WKRN.com. 
  6. ^ a b James Christopher Monger. "Dolly Parton: I Believe in You". Allmusic.com. 
  7. ^ Otsa, Jamie (October 24, 2017). "Dolly Parton: I Believe in You". Drowned in Sound. 
  8. ^ "Album Review: Dolly Parton – I Believe in You". Renown for Sound. November 7, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Andrews, Elizabeth (November 20, 2012). "Spill Album Review: Dolly Parton – I Believe in You". Spill Magazine. 
  10. ^ "Kid Albums - October 21, 2017". Billboard. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "Kid Albums - November 4, 2017". Billboard. 
  12. ^ Bjorke, Matt (October 24, 2017). "TOP 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: October 24, 2017". Roughstock. 
  13. ^ Bjorke, Matt (April 9, 2018). "Top 10 Country Album Sales Chart: April 9, 2018". Roughstock. Retrieved April 10, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Dolly Parton announces children's album 'I Believe in You'". The Tennessean. 
  15. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #443". auspOp. October 21, 2017. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  17. ^ "Dolly Parton Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  18. ^ "Dolly Parton Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 24, 2017.