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9-year-old fan sings with beach music star

July 9, 2014

By Mary Anderson, The Courier-Tribune, Asheboro, N.C.

July 09--HIGH FALLS -- Ashlyn Barbery and Craig Woolard of the Embers are now friends on Facebook. The 9-year-old charmer and the award-winning singer met last Sunday, June 6, at the concert in Bicentennial Park.

Ashlyn and her grandparents, Chyrie and Victor Moore, love beach music and Ashlyn stood out among the largest crowd ever to attend an Asheboro concert in the park to see The Embers featuring Craig Woolard.

"I had fun. I was there with my Nana and Papa and cousins and I got to sing with him and now we are friends," Ashlyn said in a telephone conversation on Wednesday. "He sings the songs I love and that made me like him."

Ashlyn had heard Woolard at last year's Troy Fest. Woolard had invited all the children to come up and dance the "funky chicken," but Ashlyn was too shy. However, Chyrie said, Ashlyn has been asking ever since when she would get to see Craig Woolard again.

On Sunday, Chyrie sent Woolard a note asking him to sing "Carolina Girl" for Ashlyn. Woolard called her up and, being 9and not as shy, Ashlyn went onstage and they sang "I Love Beach Music." He had done "Carolina Girl" before he got the note.

"Oh, she was so thrilled," Chyrie said. "She spends summers with us and we are making memories for her." Ashlyn is the Moores' only grandchild.

Two years ago, they took Ashlyn on a cruise where she captivated the captain who gifted her with the navigational anchors from his collar and a replica of the ship, Fascination. Chyrie has all the mementoes in a chest for Ashlyn when she is older.

Chyrie and Victor have serious health issues, but are still active, love the beach and beach music as much as Ashlyn, who also likes horseback riding, reading, playing dress-up and playing with her dog, Annabelle.

Ashlyn lives in Rockingham with her parents, Kelli and Barbery, and finished third grade this year.

On Monday after the concert, Woolard asked to be Ashlyn's friend on Chyrie's Facebook page.

"He has sent a note every day, asking about her activities and telling her about going swimming and singing," Chyrie said. "These are the memories that will last a lifetime."


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