Ashley Campbell, daughter of the legend that is Glen Campbell has toured with her father playing the banjo and performed live with The Rascal Flatts, she is now stepping into the spotlight on her own with the release of her new single ‘A New Year’ and a debut album that is coming soon. We got to chat with the musician to find out a little bit more.
Welcome to the UK, are you enjoying you time over here so far?
Yeah definitely! I’m only here now until Friday.
When did you begin songwriting?
Well I started playing banjo when I was a junior in college and that was probably around when I started to write songs.
So what was it that made you want to learn how to play the banjo of all instruments?
I was a theatre major at university and I got into a play where they needed somebody to play the banjo and so the director asked me if I would learn, so that’s how I got started.
What was it like getting to play on tour with your Dad?
It was the time of my life, it was so great to get to spend all that time with my Dad and to learn from him as a musician as well.
We bet it was! You worked with the Rascal Flatts and appeared in their music video for ‘Banjo’. How was that?
The Rascal Flatts are great guys, it was really fun being in the music video and then getting to play with them live on the CMT awards was really cool, it was probably my first big banjo performance.
The first single we heard of yours was ‘Remembering’, it’s such a relatable song for many and we know it’s written about real life experiences, is this often where you find inspiration for writing?
Yeah definitely, I usually take from my own life to write from. Sometimes I use the experiences of friends and family but it usually a mix of both, like their story mixed with my own experience, from my perspective.
You released the song ‘Prisoner’ with Charles Eastern, how did that come about?
Charles I met while performing at the Opry, probably last year and we kept saying we needed to write together, so we finally for together and that was the song we wrote. We really loved it so Charles decided to release it as a single.
If you could collaborate with anyone that you haven’t worked with yet, who would it be and why?
Well it’s kind of a dream of mine to do a duet with Dolly Parton, a song that I wrote or something, I mean it’d be great if I could write it with her but just to have her singing a song that I wrote would just be incredible.
Have you written any songs for any other artists and if not, is it something you’d be interested in doing?
No, not yet. So far the only ones I’ve written have been for me, but definitely, I’d love to have someone else record one of my songs.
Have you always wanted to be a musician?
I’ve always wanted to play music but not necessarily as a career. When I was younger I wanted to be an actress and before that my childhood dream was to be a marine biologist.
Your new single ‘A New Year’ is a great song, it is the perfect timing to release it! Is there a full album in the works? If so, are you able to tell us anything about it?
Thank you and yes, it’s the first track off my debut album and the album is set to come out on March 9th next year.
That’s exciting, just in time for C2C as well! Ok, so what is your favourite lyric from any song and why?
Ooh well the first thing that comes to mind is one of my favourite lyrics from Wichita Lineman which is ‘I need you more than want you, and I want you for all time’, it’s just a beautiful, timeless, universal line about love.
That is very true, great lyric. How was it performing at the Country Fest in Canary Wharf?
Oh yeah, that was incredible, it was such a well done festival, the crowd was wonderful and we just had a blast.
Are you looking forward to coming back over here for country to country next year?
Absolutely, I can’t wait, I’m so excited. It’ll be the biggest concert I’ve played over here.
As it will be a tribute to your great Dad, what kind of things can we expect from your set?
I’ll definitely be playing a couple of his hits and maybe 1 or 2 of my favourites that were more of a deep cut. And hopefully I’ll be able to play a few of my own songs as well.