The TV movie Coat of Many Colors is based on real life events that took place in the life of country music legend Dolly Parton. The movie is set in the Tennessee mountains in the mid 1950s when Dolly was just nine years old. She and her tight-knit family — she was one of 12 children! — struggle after a devastating tragedy and find inspiration in one another. Nine-year-old Dolly is portrayed by Alyvia Alyn Lind. Dolly’s father, Robert Lee Parton, is portrayed by Ricky Schroder.
Dolly’s mother, Avie Lee Parton, is portrayed by country singer Jennifer Nettles. The 41-year-old singer from Georgia is recognized as the lead singer of Sugarland. Sugarland received its first Grammy nomination in the Best New Artist category in 2006, the same year Nettles sang the duet with Bon Jovi, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.” (They won a Grammy for Best Collaboration. See video below.) Another highlight of Nettles’ career was performing at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in 2009. She has since become a mom and released a solo album, “That Girl.” Nettles is also recognized as the host (for the past six years!) of the CMA Country Christmas TV special on ABC. Coat of Many Colors will air on NBC on December 10 at 9pm.