Big shoes to fill: 5 musicians who followed their parents’ footsteps

Living up to the expectations of your parents is always a source of pressure. You’re always going to want to make mum and dad proud. But when your parent is one of the biggest names in music and you’re trying to break into the scene too, that pressure is something else entirely.

There are a handful of artists though who, despite the pressure, have killed it and forged a name for themselves. These are just a few of our favourite musical prodigies.


Living up to a parents’ musical legacy while trying to forge a path of your own is a pretty bloody tall ask. Here are five artists who have made it work.

Lukas Nelson

Lukas Nelson, son of Willie, has more than proved himself as a talented musician in his own right. After touring internationally, playing some of the biggest festivals in the world, and hitting the road with his band Promise of the Real and Neil Young, Lukas Nelson has forged his own path in musical history.

Lukas Nelson is making an Australian appearance this month around Byron Bay Bluesfest, performing at the festival as well as a set of headline shows. Find out more info right here.

Natalie Cole

When your father is as iconic at Nat King Cole, there’s sure to be pressure to perform. But not only has Natalie Cole proved herself an incredible musician in her own right for decades, but she’s cemented herself in history with her banger This Will Be (An Everlasting Love).

Honestly, who doesn’t love that song?

Nancy Sinatra

Ol’ Blue Eyes produced one hell of a daughter. Nancy Sinatra proved herself just as sultry and soulful as her father Frank.

From These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ to Bang Bang (My Baby Sot Me Down) you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who would deny Nancy her own place in musical history.

Julian Lennon

If you wanna talk about big shoes to fill, try having the last name Lennon. When your dad is one of the biggest names in modern music history, taking a stab at the industry is a ballsy move.

But with six studio albums and his debut single Valotte going Platinum in the US, Julian Lennon has done just that.

Ziggy Marley

Not only is following in your father’s footsteps a big ask when your father is Bob Marley, but doing it in the same genre is even bigger so. But Ziggy Marley has managed to take an leaf out of his father’s book, creating something of his own.

Combining old school reggae with modern styles, Ziggy has paved his own course.


Find out more about Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real’s Australian tour here.