SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Until recently, one of Mount Vernon’s best-kept secrets was that a little bit of Dolly Parton’s spirit lives in the community. That’s when judges from the Mountain Soul competition discovered Mount Vernon High School freshman, Megan Campbell. Organizers of the annual Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass festival in Sevierville, Tennessee, issued a call for entries for their 14th Annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition, which is dedicated to the songs of Parton.
Contestants from all over the United States submitted audition tapes of a Parton song. The entries were judged by a panel of entertainment professionals who chose 20 contestants and invited them to perform in Sevierville on May 19. Megan was one of the few to be chosen.
“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.”
Megan, known by the organizers as “the girl from up north,” sang “A Coat of Many Colors.”
“I chose this song because it is so heart felt and a true and touching story of Dolly Parton’s life,” Megan said. “I enjoy sharing it to remind all of us that, like the song states we are only ‘poor if we choose to be’ because we don’t need money or things to be rich,” explained Megan. “It was an honor to perform in Ms. Parton’s hometown among so many of her supporters.”
Megan is the daughter of Kristen and Glen Campbell of Apple Valley.