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Singer-songwriter Lily Meola may not be a household name — yet — but the fact that she has already toured and performed with Willie Nelson, and also sung with Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson is impressive. Even more so when you consider that Meola is just 20 years old.
Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Kacey Musgraves, Imagine Dragons and more acts who lit up Chicago for the event's 30th anniversary The Hawaiian-born Meola, who is currently wrapping up work on her debut album, has appeared onstage at the past three Farm Aid concerts, and in 2013 was among the female artists to share vocals with Nelson on his To All the Girls… duets LP. Nelson's wife, Annie, was responsible for bringing the young singer to her husband's attention, taking him to one of her weekly gigs at Café des Amis in Paia, Maui, where the iconic songwriter sat in with her on his classic Patsy Cline hit "Crazy." Meola's brother, pro surfer Matt Meola, was in a home-schooling program with Nelson's sons, Lukas and Micah, which led to friendship between the two families.
"Willie and his whole family have just been incredible," she says in a statement. "I can't even believe how much they've taken me under their wing and helped me out and inspired me." -FROM ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE