10 Questions with ... Lucy Hale
January 26, 2014
1) Hi Lucy- Thanks so much for taking time out to talk with us! We first met when you debuted your single, "You Sound Good To Me," on SirusXM's "The Highway." Has it sunk in yet that your music is on the radio? Can you tell us what it was like hearing it for the first time?
It's a pretty unique feeling & I don't think it'll ever get old. I heard it for the first time in my car the other day and almost crashed. It's a very gratifying feeling.
2) I know you're originally from Memphis, but eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue a record deal. Was it an easy transition for you to move from the South to LA? What were the biggest "culture shocks?"
It was definitely a complete change of culture. LA is a city full of starry eyed dreamers where anything goes. I wasn't used to the different variety of people and things going on. And don't get me started about the traffic...
3) As I mentioned in the last question, you moved to LA to pursue a record deal, but as most of us know, you ended up landing a huge acting role on ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars." Do you think the acting world has prepared you for the music industry, or do you see them as two completely different things?
I'm very grateful for my acting experiences & auditions because its given me more sense of drive and I've developed a thicker skin. That being said they really are two completely different things, in my opinion.
4) As you've probably realized, the Country format is lacking in really "breaking" a female act recently. What do you feel it takes to stand out as a female in the format?
There has to be a strong sense of relatability, I think. Also, you have to be different and have a real sense of self.
5) You're going to be releasing an album later this year. Can you walk us through that process? What has the experience been like for you?
We spent about 2 years figuring out this album, writing and recording. I'm really glad we took our time though because this is one of the things in life I am most proud of. It was a growing experience for me, too. I learned a lot about myself, my abilities and even my weaknesses. It's been the best experience of my life.
6) Speaking of your album process, when songs are pitched to you...do you know right away that it's something you want to cut, or does it take a few listens to really speak to you?
Sometimes, I would miss a great song, but luckily had great people behind me to rethink things. Now I'm to the point where I can hear a hit even when it's a crappy demo.
7) I know you like to write your own music as well. Have you had any notable co-writes since coming here? If so, can you tell us about them?
I got the chance to write with some of the best songwriters. A few being Ashley Gorley, Chris DeStefano (both of whom have some songs on the album), Luke Laird, Brett James, Catt Gravitt, Melissa Pierce, Kristian Bush...It was inspiring to see these people in their element. They really are machines. It blew my kind how they could just shoot out a lyric or melody within minutes. It was definitely a learning experience for me.
8) Your debut single "You Sound Good To Me" was written by some of the biggest songwriters in Nashville-Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, and Hillary Lindsey. What was it that stuck out the most to you about this song?
I remember I had only heard the demo once and the hook stayed in my head all day. That was the first sign. Also, it's a song that can appeal to anyone. It's fun, light-hearted and if you listen, it's a little bit sexy.
9) You recently started a radio tour. What has that been like for you? Is it different than what you expected?
It's been busy, that's for sure! The response has been very welcoming though. People seem to be genuinely excited for me and it's great to create these relationships with people & get to share this exciting journey with them. Plus, I get to travel, which I enjoy.
10) If there's one thing you want people to know about Lucy Hale, the Country singer, what is it?
All I can promise is that I will always be myself. This was a journey I wanted to do for myself and I'm glad to have an amazing support system on board.
1) Who are your biggest Country influences?
Everyone from Dolly Parton, to Taylor Swift, to Vince Gill, to Martina McBride, to Brad Paisley. I truly admire pretty much everyone in that world.
2) Nashville is known to be a "foodie" town. What is your favorite restaurant here to frequent?
I just ate at a place called Silly Goose in east Nashville. It's adorable and great food. I love Virago if I want sushi and Tavern has the most amazing kale salad. Jeni's has the coolest ice cream flavors.