Singers can compete on stage with a Dolly song

Dolly Parton statue on the courthouse square in Sevierville. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Singers are welcome to compete in a competition that features the music of Dolly Parton for a chance to win their own recording session.

The competition honors the songwriting of Dolly Parton by encouraging contestants to sing one of Dolly's 3,000 songs she has written. Singers can perform the song in his or her own vocal style.

"It's really about taking her songs which are so versital and making them your own and really showcasing how versatile Dolly's song writing is," said Amanda Maples Marr, Sevierville Chamber. “The Mountain Soul Vocal Competition does a great job showcasing new talent while also proving that Dolly’s songwriting is incredibly versatile and can easily cross musical genres.”

Contestants can enter in the 13 and up age division or the 12 and under division for this competition and may submit up to two songs written by Dolly Parton per entry. Entry Deadline is Friday, April 12, 2013.

All songs written by Dolly Parton are eligible for the competition this year. It is not necessary, nor is it encouraged, to impersonate Dolly Parton, either physically or vocally during the competition.

The Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is part of Sevierville’s ninth Annual Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass event May 17-18, 2013 and is sponsored by Dollywood. The Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass festival is the current Southeast Tourism Society Festival of the Year, Division 1.

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