Granddaughter of Famous Singer Impresses American Idol Judges

Gene Pugh

Emmy Russell is currently one of the top 20 contestants on the reality singing competition show “American Idol.” She has proven that musical ability is truly hereditary.

Russell is the granddaughter of the late country star Loretta Lynn. She is also the great-niece of singer Crystal Gayle.

“American Idol” is not the beginning of Russell’s career. USA Today reports that she has already released several singles and performed at the Grand Ole Opry. In 2023, she was nominated for Performance of the Year at the CMT Music Awards.

At age 25, Russell auditioned for “Idol” to try to set her own course in the mainstream music industry instead of following in her grandmother’s footsteps in Nashville. She explained, “I’m not trying to please anyone other than myself, but if people find themselves and their journeys in my songs, that will allow me to make this my work for the rest of my life.”

Recently, Russell performed an original song she wrote on “Idol.” The song, which is called “Want You,” was a hit with judges, the audience and fans on social media. It even left host Ryan Seacrest feeling so emotional that judge Luke Bryan gave him a hug.

After hearing her song, Bryan told Russell, “I loved it because it was so real, and I think you could really feel the emotion in that. That is what your artistry is about and don’t lose that. But listen, that thing that you did with that song really is your signature. It was very emotional and probably my favorite performance you’ve done.”

Judge Lionel Richie also loved the song. He told Russell, “First of all, before we go any further, that is a hit record.”

Meanwhile, judge Katy Perry told Russell, “Miss Emmy, that was one of my favorite original songs you’ve sang.”

Hear Russell perform her original song “Want You” in the video below.

Russell’s song “Want You” is blowing up on social media as well. Overnight, it became a huge sensation.

What did you think of Russell’s original song? Do you agree with Richie that it’s “a hit record”?