On January 4, 1969, Dolly Parton was fresh off the release of her first solo album released on RCA Records Nashville, the now-seminal Just Because I’m A Woman, and on that date the singer-songwriter received the biggest accomplishment of her then-young career: being inducted as a Grand Ole Opry member. Fifty years later, Parton has achieved nearly every honor and accolade an entertainer can receive, and she is cemented as the female Country artist with the most Billboard Top 20 hits according to Guinness World Records. In conjunction with the release of her new album Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Dolly Records/RCA Nashville), Parton is set to return to the hallowed stage that was such an important part of her early days in Nashville: the Grand Ole Opry. The global superstar will be celebrate the 50th anniversary of her Opry membership, performing on Saturday, October 12, 2019, and capping a week-long celebration of Parton’s impact on music and the Opry, dubbed Dolly Week 2019.
“It was always my dream to be on the Opry,” recalls Parton. “I actually got to sing on the Grand Ole Opry when I was about 10 years old. I officially became a member back in 1969 and I cannot believe next year I will celebrate 50 proud years of being a member of the Grand Ole Opry! They call it the ‘Mother Church’ because the old Ryman was a church, but it’s sacred to me, wherever it goes – the church of my heart. For me, the Opry is like the song ‘New York, New York’ – if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. I am excited to be coming back home to celebrate 50 years of membership!”
And Parton has made it everywhere. As a worldwide icon, she is arguably country music’s greatest global ambassador – and she has taken the Opry and the memories from those early days in her career with her wherever she goes. Because of her impact across all forms of music, it is only fitting that the Grand Ole Opry create programming for Dolly Week 2019 that acknowledges her broad influence.
- THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019: Opry Country Classics featuring performances of #1 Dolly hits
- FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019: Friday Night Opry: Dolly's Mountain Soul: Bluegrass, Americana & Roots Music honor Dolly
- SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2019: Dolly Parton's 50th Grand Ole Opry Anniversary Celebration featuring Dolly Parton and many more
Participating artists for this special series of Opry shows will be announced in the coming months. Tickets will go on-sale for all shows this Friday, November 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at www.opry.com, with every ticket purchaser having the option to buy Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack at a special price.
About Dolly Parton: Dolly Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified Gold, Platinum, and multi-Platinum awards, she has had 26 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career Top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career-charted singles over the past 40 years. In 2014 the RIAA recognized her impact on recorded music with a plaque commemorating more than 100 million units sold worldwide – and in 2016 her No. 1 album Pure & Simple, which topped the Billboard Top Country Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts and debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia, added to that massive tally. She has garnered eight Grammy Awards, including a 2017 win with Pentatonix for their collaboration on her iconic 1974 hit “Jolene”; 10 Country Music Association Awards, including Entertainer of the Year; five Academy of Country Music Awards, also including a nod for Entertainer of the Year; four People’s Choice Awards; and three American Music Awards. In 1999, Parton was inducted as a member of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame. She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—both as a solo artist and, beginning in 2018, as a member of Trio, her award-winning collaborations with Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris—and she became a member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001, honoring Parton for penning more than 3,000 songs, all self-published by her Velvet Apple Music, including “I Will Always Love You,” one of the most-played songs of all-time with more than 9 million airings. Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) honored her with their Icon Award in 2003, and in 2004 the U.S. Library of Congress presented her with their Living Legend Award. In 2005, she was presented the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government, the National Medal of Arts. In 2008 Parton launched her return to touring on a global scale with Backwoods Barbie World Tour, the first of many sold-out arena tours, returning her to Billboard Boxscore’s Top 10 Country Tours of the Year. Her subsequent jaunts—2011’s Better Day World Tour, 2014’s Blue Smoke World Tour, and her largest North American tour ever, 2016’s Pure & Simple Tour—reached its apex in 2014 when the global superstar headlined the historic Glastonbury festival in the UK, where she played to her biggest audience ever of 120,000 adoring fans. Her 2016 movie “Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love,” was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie. The film won both a Christopher Award and the Movieguide Epiphany Prize for Television. The film was the follow-up to her highly rated 2015 film “Coat Of Many Colors,” which also aired on NBC and won the ACM's Tex Ritter Award. In 2017, Parton released her first children’s album, I Believe In You, on Dolly Records through her partnership with Sony Music Nashville; the project’s proceeds benefit The Dollywood Foundation’s Imagination Library, a non-profit that since 1996 has provided more than 100 million books to children from birth to five years of age in the United States, Canada, Australia and the UK. In 2018, Parton received her first two Emmy Awards as the organization recognized her lifetime of giving with the Governor’s Award and the award for Best Community Service Program lauding her 2016 telethon “Smoky Mountains Rise,” which raised more than $13 million for her My People fund, which provided financial assistance to victims of massive wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tenn. In 2018 she was also honored with two Guinness World Records for the most decades with a Top 20 hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and most hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart by a female artist. The Los Angeles Press Club honored her philanthropic endeavors in June with the Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award. In August, Leadership Tennessee presented her with the inaugural Dolly Parton Excellence in Leadership Award for her selfless work to improve lives across the state. Parton collaborated with producer Linda Perry on the soundtrack for the Netflix film Dumplin’ starring Jennifer Aniston and Danielle MacDonald with Parton as the executive producer. The soundtrack will release November 30 and features such guest vocalists as Sia, Miranda Lambert, Elle King, Alison Krauss and Mavis Staples among others. And currently filming now, Parton is starring in a Netflix film series that will premiere in 2019 that is produced by her Dixie Pixie Productions in partnership with Warner Bros. Television. Parton is poised for a busy year ahead, she will become the first Nashville-based artist honored as MusiCares Person of the Year during Grammy Week 2019. Next year will also mark the 33rd anniversary season for Dollywood, her theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., which since 1986 has hosted more than 2 million visitors annually. Complementing Dollywood’s massive footprint on Tennessee tourism are Dollywood’s Splash Country, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort, Dollywood Cabins, Dolly Parton’s Stampede (with a second location in Branson, Missouri), Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures, and Dolly Parton’s Pirate’s Voyage (located in Myrtle Beach, SC.).
About the Grand Ole Opry: The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday night shows through December and season Opry Country Classics shows on Thursdays. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com.. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.com. and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP). For more information, visit opry.com.
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