(Left) Grand Ole Opry YouTube Channel/(Right) John Russell/AP Photo via The National
Glen Campbell‘s youngest daughter, Ashley, has been following in his musical footsteps her whole life. A talented singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Ashley played banjo for her father when he embarked on his farewell tour in 2011 and 2012.
In 2015, Ashley released her debut single called “Remembering,” which appeared in the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, which details her father’s heartbreaking struggle with Alzheimer’s. “Remembering” tells the story of how Glen used to teach Ashley things such as how to play guitar. But now, Ashley sings, she has to do the “remembering” for both of them.
Ashley performed “Remembering” at the Grand Ole Opry and blew everyone away. So when she came back to the Opry on September 9, the audience was expecting something wonderful, and she delivered.
That day, Ashley decided to sing a cover of the song “How’s the World Treating You?” which Alison Krauss and James Taylor won a Grammy for in 2004. Much like Alison does, Ashley has a sweet, soft voice with an angelic quality to it, so “How’s the World Treating You?” was the perfect fit for her.
With her godfather Carl Jackson singing backup and her brother Shannon playing guitar, Ashley delivered a blissful performance that left us in awe. Her voice is so pure and beautiful that at times you may not even be able to see the video of her singing through the tears in your eyes.
Glen certainly passed his talent on to Ashley, and now she is using it to help continue his monumental legacy. She’s making him proud, that’s for sure.