Loretta Lynn’s Granddaughter Emmy Russell Wows Judges in ‘American Idol’ Audition

Loretta Lynn's Granddaughter Emmy Russell Wows Judges in 'American Idol' Audition
Photo: Emmy Russell, 25, the granddaughter of country music icon Loretta Lynn will audition on "American Idol" on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, on ABC.Disney

Emmy Russell, a 25-year-old artist with deep ties to country music royalty, graced the stage on Sunday night’s episode (Feb. 25) of American Idol.

Emmy Rose Russell, the granddaughter of the iconic Loretta Lynn, is the daughter of Patsy Russell—one of The Coal Miners’ twin daughters and the namesake of legendary Patsy Cline. While Emmy identifies more with indie pop than traditional country (as mentioned on other platforms), her musical roots are undeniably entrenched in the country genre. Raised amidst the greatness of her grandmother Loretta Lynn, great-aunt Crystal Gayle, her own mother Patsy, and aunt Peggy, Emmy’s musical destiny seemed predetermined.

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From a tender age, Emmy found herself sharing the spotlight with her illustrious grandmother. Loretta frequently invited her as a special guest during performances, where Emmy showcased her vocal talent through covers of classic country tunes and some original compositions. Fan-captured videos from these shared moments reflect the close bond between Emmy Rose and Loretta.

In a poignant tribute to Loretta Lynn, who passed away in October 2022, Emmy Russell collaborated with Lukas, Willie Nelson’s son, to perform “Lay Me Down” at the memorial service. Originally recorded by Willie Nelson and Loretta Lynn in 2016, the song, conveying the theme of finding peace after death, served as a fitting homage to the Coal Miner’s daughter.


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