Earlier this month, singer-songwriter—and current AXESS magazine covergirl—Kacey Musgraves announced that she was adding almost a dozen new shows to her 2015 Same Tour, Different Trailer show and fans rejoiced. The country wunderkind is country music’s first female artist to have her debut album reach gold in eight years, and she’s also the first female artist to have multiple Recording Industry Association of America singles on her debut album. Though the “Merry Go ’Round” artist may not be a household name outside of the country music scene just yet, we’re pretty certain that it’s only a matter of time.
Born in Golden, Texas, Musgraves wrote her first song in elementary school, honing her music skills by both singing in church and playing the regional opry circuit. After high school, she recorded her first album, moved to Austin, and was chosen to participate on the reality show Nashville Star. Although Musgraves finished a disappointing seventh, she had caught the country-music bug and consequentially moved to Nashville to pursue her dream. The rest—as they say—is history.
In 2013, Musgraves released her X album, Same Trailer, Different Park—her big label debut—which earned her big hits with “Merry Go ‘Round,” “Follow Your Arrow” and “Blowin’ Smoke.” In 2014, she won Grammy Awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Album, putting her name on the music map and creating an interest amongst her peers, such as this year’s big Grammy winner, Sam Smith, to work with her.
“I’m so excited to be part of the women in the country music movement,” Musgraves told us. “I mean, I look at people like Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton—songwriters who were sassy and beautiful but also intelligent and humorous. They inspired me, and if I can be at all any part of that, in carrying that on, that’s just the icing on the cake for me.”
For more on Kacey Musgraves, pick up the latest copy of AXESS magazine.