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Kelsea Ballerini will join Dolly Parton in the audio reading of Parton’s new book, Run, Rose, Run, a Nashville-based thriller she co-wrote with bestselling author James Patterson. Dolly plays Ruthanna Ryder, a beloved country icon on the verge of retiring when a talented young singer (AnnieLee) wins over audiences at her bar. Kelsea will voice AnnieLee.

Parton said through a press release, “I think our fans are going to love hearing us in a totally different way than they’re used to. And they’re going to love following our characters on their unpredictable journeys through the Nashville music scene and beyond. We just can’t wait to share our performances, woven into the work of the rest of the amazing cast of professional narrators, with RUN, ROSE, RUN!”

Ballerini added, “As a writer myself, to be asked to join this project that is also a collaboration with James Patterson – another incredible storyteller, not to mention best-selling author – has been truly thrilling. It is an incredible privilege to voice the story and character of AnnieLee, a girl who has seen the worst of what people can do to each other but who still has the pure ambition to want bigger and better things for herself. She has an unwavering belief in her innate talent and relentlessly pulls herself from the depths of hell into finding her platform to share her gifts with the world.”

Run, Rose, Run will be released on March 7.

Kelsea posted to Instagram, “I cannot even tell you how incredible this @dollyparton & @jamespattersonbooks novel is and how obsessed I am with the character I had the honor of bringing to life. can’t wait for you to experience “run, rose, run” and meet AnnieLee!!! (and omg dolly as Ruthanna 😍😍😍).”

See that post HERE.

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