Kylie Diffie & John Berry Sing, “Ships That Don’t Come In” At The Opry

Kylie Diffie & John Berry singing at the Opry.

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A special moment unfolded at the Grand Ole Opry on August 16th, 2023, as John Berry and Kylie Diffie, daughter of the late Joe Diffie, took the stage to deliver an emotional performance of “Ships That Don’t Come In.”

With the spotlight on both of them, John Berry, with his guitar in hand, plucked the opening notes of the song, setting the mood for what would be a truly heartfelt rendition. By his side stood 19-year-old Kylie Diffie, ready to take the microphone and join Berry in this beautiful moment.

Their performance was more than just a captivating duet; it was a tribute to someone special. Video captured by a fan in the audience who later posted the video to YouTube, wrote in the caption, “Joe Diffie’s daughter with an emotional tribute to her dad!”

Kylie Diffie also wrote on Instagram that, “It was absolutely such an HONOR to sing such a special song to both Mr. John and myself on the opry stage last night. Getting to celebrate my dad and his music at his second home is an experience I will CHERISH forever! As a child, running around backstage and going on stage to sing with dad was just a regular Tuesday. I’m so glad I got to relive those moments again.”

Kylie Diffie & John Berry singing at the Opry.
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The Legacy Of Joe Logan Diffie

Joe Diffie’s legacy is woven deep into the heart of country music. His musical journey began in the mid-1980s as a demo singer, eventually leading him to sign with Epic Records’ Nashville division in 1990.

Over the span of his career, Diffie charted an impressive 35 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, five of which claimed the number-one spot. From “Home” to “Pickup Man,” his distinctive voice and emotive storytelling resonated with fans across the globe.

Kylie Diffie & John Berry hugging backstage at the Opry.
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Kylie Diffie’s Emotional Tribute

Joe Diffie’s daughter, Kylie Diffie, now stood on that iconic Opry stage, offering her own tribute through her performance. The song choice, “Ships That Don’t Come In,” holds a special significance.

This ballad, released in 1992, spoke to Joe Diffie’s ability to capture the complexities of life in his music. Written by Paul Nelson and Dave Gibson, the song’s heartfelt lyrics and melody struck a chord with listeners.

Kylie’s performance of “Ships That Don’t Come In” was a moving tribute to her dad and the audience seemed to love every second of it. They were taken down memory lane as the song celebrated the past, honored the present, and reminded us of the enduring legacy of Joe Diffie’s contributions to country music.


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As the final notes echoed throughout the Opry building, it was evident that some ships may never come in, but the impact of Joe Diffie’s music will forever remain in the hearts of his loyal fans.

Watch Kylie Diffie & John Berry Sing “Ships That Don’t Come In” Below

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