Dolly Parton's career honored through vocal competition

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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The 13th Mountain Soul Competition announced plans to honor Dolly Parton's songwriting with a vocal competition.

Auditions are sent in the mail and will be judged by a panel of entertainment professionals who will identify 30 finalists – 20 in the ages 13+ division and 10 in the ages 12 and under division. The entry deadline for the preliminary round of the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is Friday April 7, 2017.

Finalists will then perform during the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition Finals near the bronze statue of Dolly Parton at Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Event organizers said winning competitors will take home cash and prizes, including a recording session in Nashville.

"Since Dolly Parton is Sevierville's hometown girl, holding a competition that honors her songwriting ability was a natural fit for us," said event organizer Amanda Marr.

For more information on how to apply, check out the website