Stella Parton is celebrating five decades in the entertainment industry as an international award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, author and producer with the upcoming release of her 40th studio album, Survivor, available March 29.
Parton independently produced the ten-song project, which she recorded at Nashville Sound Project House with engineer Mike Loudermilk. Survivor features eight of Parton’s original songs including “I Ain’t Leavin’ ‘Til I’m Even,” a collaboration with Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Wayne Carson (“Always On My Mind”). Each of the tracks addresses a different issue from the #MeToo movement and drug abuse to Alzheimer’s disease and divorce. For the remaining two songs, Parton put her own spin on Bob Seger’s classic “Like A Rock” and Avicii’s mega-hit “Wake Me Up.”
“A singer should be able to touch the listener with ‘three chords and the truth’ as Harlan Howard used to say. That was my approach to writing and recording this project, and I hope that these songs inspire anyone that hears them to press on through whatever challenges or opposition they find themselves up against – because we are all Survivors!” expressed Parton.
Survivor pays tribute to the self-sufficient spirit Parton established as the sixth of twelve children born to her impoverished Smoky Mountain Family. Since the moment Parton first stepped foot in Music City at 14-years-old with her older sister, Dolly, she has paved her own pathway in the industry becoming a pioneer for independent artists. Ten years later at a time when Music Row was controlled by major labels, the then 24-year-old single mother wrote, produced, recorded and secured the promotion and distribution of her very first album, I Want To Hold You (In My Dreams Tonight), which landed in the Billboard Top Ten.
The debut of I Want To Hold You (In My Dreams Tonight) propelled Parton on her path to stardom earning her a record deal with Elektra, a string of Billboard hits and a strong international following. That international following continues to this day with Parton’s recent appearance as a contestant on BBC’s “Celebrity MasterChef” alongside reality television stars Gemma Collins and Spencer Matthews and current role as a spokesperson for British Airways.
SURVIVOR TRACK LISTING:
1. “Wake Me Up”
2. “It Can Be An Illusion”
3. “Valley Of Desire”
4. “Forget Me Not”
5. “The Last Rose Of Summer”
6. “Crazy Cradle of Love”
7. “Dirty Rotten Dog”
8. “Like A Rock”
9. “I Ain’t Leavin’ ‘Til I’m Even”
10. “I Press On”