The ninth annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is calling for entries. This unique competition honors the songwriting of Sevierville native Dolly Parton by encouraging contestants from across the nation to sing one of the more than 3,000 songs she has penned – in his or her own vocal style. Contestants may enter in the 13 and up age division or the 12 and under division for this competition.

For a complete list of the songs Dolly has written, competitors — and those that are interested — should visit Contestants may submit up to two songs written by Dolly Parton per entry. 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.

Interested vocalists may obtain an application and complete set of rules online at or by calling the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-889-7415. Entries must be postmarked by April 12, 2013.

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