Congrats to Ashley Campbell! Her debut album THE LONELY ONE will be released in the States on May 11. (Its UK release--UK artwork below--was in March.)
Billboard honors Ashley's debut with an exclusivestream of tracks from the album and an in-depth interview with her about "the seismic shifts in her life, art and experience that resulted in The Lonely One."
About the album's theme, Ashley shares with Billboard:
I guess I’m trying to reach out to the lonely ones out there. Not that lonely has to be a bad thing, necessarily. But you have to be able to live with yourself in order to live with other people. You have to know yourself before you can give to other people. I have always been kind of the late bloomer in things like that. I was one of the nerds. I never got asked to dances in high school; I only ever had one boyfriend. When I was younger and didn’t have much perspective as I do now, I used to just wonder why I wasn’t like other people, and why other people had all these experiences that I didn’t. But everyone’s got their path. All my songs and the theme of the record is me saying to all those people who may have ever felt like that that it’s okay and there’s other people out there. They’re walking their own paths.
You are welcome, Randy!
It is wonderful (and highly unusual for the Opry) for anyone to obtain official video footage to upload to another channel other than the Opry's. Kudos to Kim--thank you so much!
I had listened to this program on Live Opry Radio, but it didn't have the same impact.
I cried, too, when I watched it. For me, I could sense the enormous love on that stage for Glen from his family members and Carl Jackson as well as the love the Campbells and Carl have for each other.
(Tremendous love and respect from the Grand Ole Opry's audience and host, too.)
What affected me emotionally was that Ashley Campbell did exactly what her Dad would have done: she brought family members, Glen's sisters no less!, on stage to sing with her.