I was incredibly honored to be given the opportunity to watch Glen Campbell's "I'll Be Me" movie documentary before it opens in movie theaters. I have been a fan of his since I was a young child as were the family members in my household growing up. I have a list of my all-time favorite songs and at the top of that list is Glen's beloved hit "Galveston". One of the greatest concerts I have ever attended was when my husband, who was then my boyfriend, took me to see Andy Williams and Glen Campbell in concert together at Andy's Moon River Theatre in Branson, MO.
In 2011, when Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he would joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on what they thought was going to be a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show national tour.
I lost a great-uncle to Alzheimer's Disease and the disease is near and dear to my heart. I remember my sadness when I first heard a news report about Glen's diagnosis. If you have had or currently have a family member or loved one suffering from this disease, the news of someone else's diagnosis seems to strike a raw chord inside of you. It's important to embrace the "hope" side of the disease, which is exactly what Glen and his family are doing.
This movie documentary is an epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song. It tells the true tale of how America’s greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds.
The film features a star-packed lineup of those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Steve Martin. I love the rare vintage footage shared as well as extraordinary new performances of Glen’s most beloved hits. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, all while playing their music to sold out venues on a star spangled voyage spanning the country from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.