Loretta Lynn’s Granddaughter Emmy Auditions For ‘American Idol’

Emmy Russell, a singer-songwriter and the 24-year-old granddaughter of country legend Loretta Lynn, made her debut on “American Idol” on Sunday night, February 25.

Emmy auditioned for “American Idol” and impressed judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan with her powerful song “Skinny.”

“Growing up, I sang music my entire life,” she said as she introduced herself. “I just love writing. I’m 24 years old. Songwriter, I love music. I don’t really sing out as much anymore, but growing up I sang on the road with. my grandma’s a country singer.”

“Who’s your grandmother?” Bryan asked. “Loretta Lynn,” Emmy replied.

Emmy then gave the judges a tour of the country legend’s ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

“My family grew up here, my mom grew up here. This is my meemaw’s house,” she said. “She’s one of the biggest country music singers of all time, but to me she’s just my grandma, and growing up on the bus and all that was very normal to me.”

All three judges gave Emmy a “yes” vote and she will continue to the next round.

Emmy later said, “I was thinking about my grandma, but I was also like, ‘Emmy, she’s with you, and now it’s your turn.’ I think I’m more like her now than whenever I was trying to be like her. I’m really excited.”

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