2014 Grammy Awards:
Best Country Album
Best Country Song
Nominated for the ACM Awards' Female Vocalist of the Year
Songwriter and country singer Kacey Musgraves was born in East Texas, and made her stage debut at 8 years old. One year later, she was writing her own songs and learning to play several instruments, including guitar, harmonica, and mandolin. She self-released three albums before catching a break when she appeared as a contestant on the 2007 season of the American Idol-styled television show "Nashville Star." She came in seventh in the competition, but the exposure allowed her to make some inroads on the Nashville music scene, and she began placing songs with major country artists like Martina McBride and Miranda Lambert.
Now she's following her nomination for three ACM Awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year, with her March 2013 album, Same Trailer Different Park, her first for Mecury Records.
After listening to Same Trailer Different Park, it's clear that this is a girl who has something to say. A true language artist, Kacey nimbly spins webs of words to create the quirky puns, shrewd metaphors, and steely ironies that fill the record.
"I love words," Kacey says. "I love how intricate they can get. Even in simple conversation, I like it when language is colorful." This appreciation for wordplay shines in songs like "Silver Lining," a sunnyside-up ode to positive thinking packed full of commonplace idioms that she's given clever tweaks . Take the bridge, for example: "If you wanna find the honey/You can't be scared of the bees/If you want to see the forest/You're gonna have to look past the trees." "When I was in school, one of my favorite subjects was always creative writing," she admits. Of course it was.
It's worth noting that at age 24, school isn't that distant of a memory for Kacey. You'd never know that from her lyrics, though, which are wise beyond her years and read as if they were written by someone who has seen dozens more birthdays — and nursed at least that many broken hearts.
|Merry Go 'Round|
|I Miss You|
|Back On The Map|
|Keep It To Yourself|
|Follow Your Arrow|
|It Is What It Is|