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BECKLEY (WVVA) -- Where can a 13-year-old girl and bluegrass music find their commonality?  In rising bluegrass star, Ashley Lilly. 

Lilly is already making it big in the bluegrass world.  She recorded a song that is climbing the charts with nationally known artists "The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys." 

Why bluegrass?  Lilly says it's part of the family.  She is the granddaughter of the late, bluegrass hall of famer Everett Lilly Sr. and performs as the lead singer in her father's band, The Songcatchers.

Ashley says despite the immediate attention in the bluegrass industry, her friends and family just treat her like a regular seventh grader. 

"They don't treat me differently, which I'm really thankful about," says Ashley. "I don't want to be treated differently just because I sing."

Everett Lilly Jr., Ashley's father, says he is very proud of his daughter and how far she has come in her career at such a young age, and he hopes she will still be able to grow up a regular kid.

"Life has a lot of uncertainties," says Everett Lilly Jr. "You try not to worry about those things, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't sometimes."

Both Everett and Ashley say are happy to be sharing this musical family tradition. 

"Music since then hasn't just been music," says Ashley's father.  "It's been life itself."

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