As one of country music's most iconic artists, Glen Campbell inspired many to pursue their own dreams in the genre. One such person Glen helped inspire was his daughter, Ashley, whose love for country music flows through her veins.
After Glen revealed he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, he embarked on a final Farewell Tour and brought some of his children along to perform with him. Ashley played banjo for her father on the tour throughout 2011 and 2012, and began to make a name for herself in the genre. In fact, you may recognize her from Rascal Flatts' music video for their 2012 single, "Banjo".
In 2015, Ashley released her debut country single, called "Remembering". Co-written by Ashley and Kai Welch, the song serves as Ashley's source of reflection about her relationship with her father and his struggles with Alzheimer's.
Before Ashley released "Remembering" as a single, it was included on the soundtrack to the 2014 documentary called Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, which follows Campbell on his Farewell Tour. Ashley also contributed another song to the Grammy-winning soundtrack, called "Home Again".
During a performance at the Grand Ole Opry on April 23, 2016, Ashley chose to honor her father by singing "Remembering" for the crowd. Before she started playing, Ashley dedicated the song to Glen, saying, "I wrote this song for him because it describes the relationship between your father taking care of you and then you taking care of your father. This is for him."
Ashley's angelic voice charmed the crowd in an instant, as she sang about how Glen used to calm her when she was scared of storms, and how he taught her to play guitar. As the song progressed and Ashley sang about how she now takes care of Glen, the emotion in her voice was heartbreaking as she sang "you're standing right in front of me and slipping away."
We're sure there were a few tears shed in the Opry house that day. You can watch Ashley's emotional tribute to her father in the video below.
We continue to send our prayers to Glen and his family.
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