We’re very proud of Dolly Parton here in the Smokies! She consistently turns out hits with her music, but her most beautiful song is the one she sings with her heart on a daily basis! Dolly's successful music career has given her endless opportunities! She sings various types of music, stars in movies, and has even had her own TV show! Dolly Parton carries a beautiful Heartsong that lights the world wherever she goes! Her spiritual roots run deep, and her relationship with our Lord is close, and very personal. She was the 4th child born to Robert and Avie Lee Parton. She lived in a rustic one-room cabin with eleven brothers and sisters. Music has played an important role in her life since she was very young. Dolly's grandfather was a Pentecostal preacher. This gave her an early start in music with some of her earliest roots being in Christian music. She later sang on local TV and radio. She appeared with Cas Walker's TV show, and on WIVK Radio in Knoxville, TN. By the age of thirteen, she had her first single on Goldband Records entitled, "Puppy Love." She moved on to Nashville the day after graduating from Sevier County High School in 1964. And as they say, "the rest is history!"