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Stella Parton book signing to benefit SAFE House

November 6th, 2011 5:07 pm by staff report

Country music singer and actress Stella Parton is using her fame and a portion of proceeds from her newly released memoir, “Tell It Sister, Tell It,” to help victims of abuse in the Appalachian region.

Frontier Health’s SAFE House domestic violence shelter and The Mustard Seed Café are teaming up to host a book signing with Parton from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday at the café, located at 118 E. Market St. in downtown Kingsport.

While “Tell It Sister, Tell It” isn’t an autobiography per se, it does capture glimpses of Parton’s life as she shares her “memories, music and miracles.”

Parton has seen her share of triumphs and heartbreaks, but she says it is her unwavering faith that has always sustained her. Throughout her career, Parton has raised countless funds for domestic violence shelters across America and continuously works with abused women to boost their self-esteem, yet most are not aware of Parton’s own abuse and kidnapping.

“I wrote the book with the hope of empowering other matter how far back in the race you may be, just keep marching to your own beat,” Parton said. “You’ll get where you’re going right on time through faith, prayer and perseverance.”

Parton donates 10 percent of the sales of her book to domestic violence shelters throughout the Southeast.

The sixth of 12 children, Parton and her older sister Dolly grew up in Sevierville singing gospel music with their family in church. At 7, she and Dolly appeared on a Knoxville television program and two years later, she made her radio debut. A consummate entertainer and a true song stylist, Parton has touched audiences worldwide not only through her music, but her stage, television and film presence as well.

Parton’s first hit single in the 1970s, “I Want to Hold You in My Dreams Tonight,” launched her career in country music. Thus far, she has recorded 25 albums with 31 chart singles, including “Danger of a Stranger” and “Standard Lie Number One.”

Parton was inducted into the American Country Music Hall of Fame and has received awards from the Christian Country Music Association and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. She was named country music ambassador in Kentucky, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and even New Zealand, and has appeared in several feature films, including “A Dance for Bethany” and “Cloud Dancer.”

Her television work includes “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “The Color of Love: Jacey’s Story,” and she has starred in New York touring productions of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”

Parton has served as a spokeswoman for Christian Appalachian Project and has authored three cookbooks.

“Tell It Sister, Tell It” is primarily sold online at and; however, it will be available for purchase at Saturday’s book signing.

SAFE House provides safe, confidential shelter, a 24-hour crisis line, transportation services, counseling and legal service to domestic violence victims and their families, and a weekly support group for women and children who are victims of family violence. The shelter is in need of cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items for victims.

For more information about SAFE House or to offer donations or support, call (423) 246-2273 or 2-1-1.

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