In her fifth decade in the entertainment industry, country music singer Dolly Parton is back at the top of the charts.
Parton just released her 43rd studio recording, "Pure & Simple," a collection of love songs to mark the singer's 50th wedding anniversary earlier this year. It debuted at the #1 spot on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and, like most of her work, features songs written and produced by the singer herself and inspired by her own experience.
"When you've lived a good story," the prolific songwriter told CNBC's "On the Money" in a recent interview, "it's easy to tell it."
Parton is a seven-time Grammy Award winner who has sold more than 100 million records globally. She's also been business savvy enough to retain control over her career decisions as well as her song-writing catalog.
Parton estimates she's written thousands of songs since she was a child. Her first of twenty-five No. 1 singles on the Billboard Country Music Chart was "Joshua" in 1971.
"Early on in my career, I realized that I needed to pay mind to my product, because I'm a songwriter," Parton explained. "As soon as I could, in my early-early days, I started my own publishing company," added Parton.