By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times
Smith Lake Park’s Fourth of July Blowout will open with 13-year-old Good Hope student Ally Knight on stage from 10-11 a.m. as she is taking one opportunity at a time to become the next big thing in country music.
Knight has been singing publicly since she was nine, but didn’t begin seeking events to be featured in until December 2012. Her father — retired Good Hope teacher Jacob Knight — helped Ally to cut an album, which included a song her dad wrote.
“She showed an interest early in singing and playing the guitar,” Jacob said. “We met some people in the business and it gave her the opportunity to cut the album and now we are taking it as it comes with different events. The song she sang that I wrote is called ‘Little Wings.’”
Allly said much of her inspiration comes from the Dixie Chicks as she shares a similar sound and enjoys singing the band’s hits.
“I really love their song ‘Give It Up Or Let Me Go,’” Ally said. “It’s fun, easy to play and get into because it’s a fast song.”
Still young, Ally is involved in school activities as she plays basketball and is a cheerleader. But she has also reserved time to allow her to focus on being a musician. Along with the guitar, she also plays mandolin and wants to learn to play the dobro.
“I go to school, come home and finish homework, and then play the guitar,” Ally said. “I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. When I was younger I would always sing Alan Jackson music because I knew every one of his songs. I love country music, classic and today.”
She said one of her ultimate goals is to make an appearance at one of country music’s legendary venues.
“One day, I really want to play in the Grand Ole Opry,” Ally said. “I’m really thankful for the support I’ve been given already, especially by the ones who always come to Smith Lake when I sing.”
If she could give a piece of advice to anyone looking to become the next musical sensation, she would tell them to remove fear from their mind.
“Don’t be scared to get out in front of people. I used to be afraid of it and now it’s really easy to do,” Ally said. “Also, don’t listen to what other people tell you to sing; If you don’t like it, don’t sing it.”
Following the Fourth of July Blowout at Smith Lake Park, she will be playing at a Priceville car show on August 17.
For more information, visit www.allypeytonknight.com or call Jacob Knight at 256-338-1410.
Lauren Estes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.