Sometimes country music just runs in your blood. It’s passed down from parent to child and carried on throughout the generations. Like a famous second-generation country singer once said “it’s a family tradition.” Here are seven country star children who are carrying on the family business.
7. Jesse Keith Whitley
Jesse Keith Whitley, the son of country greats Lorrie Morgan and Keith Whitley, regularly plays shows and is sometimes even joined by his famous mother onstage. In the video below, the two perform the Keith Whitley classic “Don’t Close Your Eyes.”
6. Jenny Gill
Jenny Gill may have learned the ropes from her country superstar father, Vince Gill, but the singer is forging a path all her own. Earlier this year, Gill released her EP The House Sessions, a mix of country-blues songs that showcase her soulful voice.
5. Holly Williams
The granddaughter of Hank Sr. and the daughter of Bocephus, Holly Williams was destined to be a country singer. But Holly Williams stands on her own, taking inspiration from her famous family to create something entirely new. Williams’ 2013 album The Highway is an impressive collection of songs of love and loss.
4. Lukas Nelson
Being the son of Willie Nelson is a crash course in songwriting, performing and generally just being one of the coolest people on the planet. If Lukas Nelson is any indication, Willie Nelson is one great teacher. Lukas Nelson just released his latest album Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, a cosmic country record that shows the the younger Nelson’s depth as a songwriter.
3. Shooter Jennings
The son of Waylon Jennings, Shooter Jennings has always followed in his dad’s outlaw footsteps. After talking several walks on the country-rock side, Jennings returned to his country roots with the stripped-down single “Coming Home,” released last year.
2. Ashley Campbell
Ashley Campbell is the daughter of Glen Campbell and it’s clear she inherited her father’s immense talent. Campbell wrote “Remembering” about her dad’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The song was featured in the documentary Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me.
1. Ben Haggard
Ben Haggard, the youngest son of Merle Haggard, grew up playing guitar in his dad’s band, The Strangers. Today, Ben carries on his dad’s legacy. Along with his brother Noel, Ben regularly performs the Hag’s songs for fans old and new. The youngest Haggard has acquired a social media following for his covers of country classics and plans on releasing an album of original songs.