Watch Emmy Russell Perform Alongside Her Grandmother Loretta Lynn At 11 Years Old

Emmy Russell, the granddaughter of Loretta Lynn, is competing on this season of American Idol

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Emmy Russell has impressed viewers on this season of American Idol with her original songs and authentic storytelling. During her audition, she revealed that she spent a lot of time during her childhood on the road with her famous grandmother – the legendary Loretta Lynn.

Emmy made a lasting impression on Idol fans with her vulnerable song “Skinny” which reflects on her struggle with an eating disorder developed from the criticism she received about her weight during her younger years. Watch her audition below. 

Emmy’s talent continues to shine as she advances through the rounds of American Idol. Take a look back at all of her performances on the show so far.

Emmy Russell performed “If I Die Young” on stage with Loretta Lynn when she was just 11 years old

Despite her timid nature, Emmy Russell was no stranger to performing before her debut on Idol. Starting at a young age, she occasionally performed alongside her grandmother during shows.

On one occasion in 2012, 11-year-old Emmy Russell took the stage to perform a cover of “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry. Her mother, Pasty, one of Loretta’s twin daughters, can be seen on stage helping her daughter get set up with the microphone.

“If I Die Young” was released in 2010 on the trio’s debut album. By the end of that year, it reached the top of the US Hot Country Songs chart, marking the band’s first number-one hit.

The Band Perry

As Emmy began to play guitar and sing, the crowd erupted in cheers as they got to experience the musical talent that had been passed down through generations.

Watch a young Emmy Russell sing “If I Die Young” in the video below!