Ingrid Andress on the Importance of Giving Back to the Country Music Community

"Everyone is struggling in some way"

August 14, 2020
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On Thursday, a brand new ACM all-star cover of Willie Nelson’s famous hit "On the Road Again" was released, featuring the 2020 ACM nominees for New Female and New Male Artists supporting coronavirus relief in the Country music community.

“On the Road Again (ACM Lifting Lives Edition)” includes the voices of Ingrid Andress, Gabby Barrett, Jordan Davis, Russell Dickerson, Lindsay Ell, Riley Green, Caylee Hammack, Cody Johnson, Tenille Townes and Morgan Wallen, joined by Nelson, with proceeds from the single benefiting the ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund.

Today, the official video is here, and singer Ingrid Andress spoke with Kelly Ford in the Morning today about the project and what it means to be a part of Country music's response to coronavirus relief within the community.

No matter your age, no matter what music you like -- you know the song, it's a classic beyond the confines of genre. 

Singer Ingrid Andress agrees, telling Kelly she was on board as soon as the idea was brought to her. "When they told me we were doing that song I was like, 'oh, yeah! I mean, I don't know how we're gonna break it up into so many sections, but I'm down.'" 

With a bit of humility, Ingrid thinks her voice "sounds the most lethargic. I'm just like, chillin'" she joked. "All the girls took it up the octave and I was just like, 'naah!'"

Explaining the division of parts and her happiness to simply be included in the project, Andress guesses each singer got "about two lines, maybe... I was like, 'honestly, you could just put me in once and I'm fine.'"

The charitable focus on benefiting the ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund, whose aim is to distribute the proceeds from the song to individuals in the Country community who are currently in need of relief assistance is not lost on Andress. "I feel like helping in any way possible during this time is good," she says, "because everyone is struggling in some way and not being on the road is affecting a lot of people and their livelihood. For certain people, that's their whole life, so to not be able to do that is tough."

"There's so much that goes into a live show," Andress explains. "The goal is to have fans not be aware of how much work it is... we just want you to have a good time. There's so much that goes on behind the scenes."

To learn more about ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund, visit ACMLiftingLives.org.