Hit Urban, Lambert duet co-written by Sterling native

By: Phil White Email
By: Phil White Email

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STERLING, Kan. -- Country music's biggest night has always been a big night at the Galyon home, but Wednesday night may have been the biggest one yet.

"We Were Us," a duet moving up the country charts and performed during the Country Music Association Awards by Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert had other Nashville stars singing along.

The nationally televised performance had LaMonna and Chris Galyon of Sterling singing along, too. Their daughter, Nicolle, co-wrote the song.

CMA night has always been big for Nicolle and her mom.

"My mom and I watched the CMAs together every year," she said by telephone from Nashville. "We would kick my brothers and dad out of the house."

"It was basically our Super Bowl," LaMonna Galyon said. "The guys took over the house for the Super Bowl and we took over the house for the CMAs."

Nicolle's move to Nashville, though, meant the tradition had to change. In the decade since she's lived there, Nicolle and LaMonna have chatted about the CMA Awards during the show via text message.

"Tonight's kind of bittersweet because it's pretty special that my song is on there, but I don't get to be with her," Nicolle said.

Distance, however, did nothing to kill the excitement for Mom and Dad. About a dozen family members filled the TV room in the Galyon home for a watch party.

"For it to be her first big hit and it to be a duet by two people that she really, really admires, that's just like doubly good," LaMonna Galyon said.

The music helps shrink the distance between parents and daughter, Chris Galyon said.

"Every time we get a chance to watch her or hear a song that she's done, it makes us feel pretty close to her," he said.

Nicolle said her music is how she remains close to her hometown.

"'Rearview crosses. Railroad ties,' That's all about Sterling, Kansas," she said. "That song isn't about a small town, but I couldn't have written the song had I not been from a small town."

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