Singers are invited to participate in a Sevier County singing competition inspired by its hometown superstar.

The annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition will feature contestants singing songs written by Dolly Parton. The deadline to enter is April 14. The winners will take home cash and prizes including a recording session in Nashville.

There are two divisions in competition, for people aged 13 and up and kids aged 12 and under. Contestants are encouraged to take Dolly's songs and recreate them in their own style.

“We’re excited to welcome these vocalists to Dolly’s hometown, Sevierville, and the Smoky Mountains area where she drew so much inspiration for her songwriting,” said Amanda Marr, Sevierville Chamber of Commerce marketing director and event organizer. “The creativity and talent level of participants has been amazing each year, with unique renditions of Dolly’s songs that have never been heard before.”

Thirty finalists will perform on the Back Porch Stage during the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition finals at the Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass festival on May 20, 2017.

How to enter

Interested vocalists may obtain an application online or by calling the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-889-7415. Entries must be postmarked by Friday, April 14, 2017.

For a complete list of Dolly’s songs, competitors should visit