Ashley Campbell Talks About Her New Album and Meeting Willie Nelson
Ashley Campbell is following in her father Glen Campbell's footsteps in pursuing an artist career of her own. The singer recently released her new single, "A New Year," and is gearing up to drop her debut album on March 9. In an interview with Taste of Country Nights' Sam Alex, Campbell discussed what she has planned for 2018.
"Musically, I have an album coming out in March," she says. "It's my debut album. I recorded it with my brother Cal, he produced it."
Country fans can get a taste of that new album with her latest single, "A New Year," which was released in November. Campbell describes it as "a pretty snazzy song."
"It's about new beginnings and meeting someone that makes you want to be a better person and to make everything wash clean of the past and starting anew," she explains.
On the song, she sings of how the man in her life is the countdown to her perfect midnight on New Year's Eve.
"From this moment all I want is you by my side / Your hand in my hand / Making me smile again and again," she sings on the song's first verse.
While Ashley's father frequently collaborated with Willie Nelson over the years, she admits that she only met him recently when Glen was recording his final album, Adios. As she fondly recalls, she got to witness Nelson record "Funny How Time Slips Away," featured on the album.
"It's a gorgeous song. I was actually there when Willie recorded his part of it," she confesses. "It was my first week that I moved to Nashville and my godfather, Carl [Jackson], who produced Adios said, 'Hey, you want to come to a Willie Nelson session?' I actually left the write I was in [where] I was writing a song. It was so cool."
Ashley remembers the moment well as Nelson had "his old beat-up guitar with the hole in it and lots of smoke." The song would be her father and Nelson's final collaboration together, as Glen Campbell died on Aug. 8, 2017 at the age of 81 following a long battle with Alzheimer's.
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