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article imageLucy Hale talks new album, acting and 'You Sound Good To Me' Special

By Markos Papadatos     May 28, 2014 in Music
Rising country singer and actress Lucy Hale chatted about her debut single "You Sound Good To Me" and her upcoming studio album.
She is best-known as an actress for her portrayal of Aria Montgomery on the hit ABC family series Pretty Little Liars, and she is ready to share her long-time love for music with her forthcoming debut country album Road Between, which will be out on June 3, via her record label, DMG Nashville.
Her studio effort was produced by Mark Bright and Mike Daly and was recorded in Nashville at Blackbird and Starstruck Studios.
Hale noted that the song selection for her new CD came organically. "I had the luxury of taking my time with making the album and we wrote about how I felt and the things that I have been through. We wrote a lot of songs and we went and tried to figured out what would flow. We touched upon a lot of different topics such love and heartbreak. After listening to the album, you get a clear idea of who I am and I think we did a good job at choosing the right songs," she said.
Her 11-track CD includes a song, "That's What I Call Crazy," co-written by Grammy-winning country songstress Kacey Musgraves. "That is probably the quirkiest song on the album. I am a huge fan of hers and I thought it was a really unique way of singing a break-up song," she said.
Hale showcasing her writing chops on the closing track, "Just Another Song." "This is a heart-breaking break-up song. It's about a girl who breaks up and turns on the radio and hears their song and realizes that she is not really over this person. The floods of emotions that are brought back to her. It is something I definitely experienced, but it was a cool take on it," she said.
"Red Dress" is a track on Road Between, where Hale collaborates with country star Joe Nichols. "I really love Joe Nichols. He is an amazing vocalist and an amazing person. I was thrilled that he wanted to be a part of it. It was really cool to work with him," she said.
Her single "You Sound Good To Me" was co-written by Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird and Hillary Lindsey. It premiered on Sirius XM’s The Highway early this year and it is making its way up the country charts. "We actually found that song very last minute," she admitted. "We actually had to rearrange what we had to record, because we found this song and we knew it was great and that it belonged on the album. We unanimously agreed that it should be the first single since it really sets the tone for my career, my sound and my album. It's just one of those songs that is fun and you cannot help but sing along to it."
"You Sound Good To Me" catapulted to No. 1 on the iTunes Country Charts and it notched a Top 5 sales debut on Billboard's Country Digital Songs chart. "That was extremely flattering and very gratifying. I knew that people that followed me Twitter and on my social networks were going to buy it, but to see that I am up there amongst people that I really look up to was unbelievable. It was definitely a really cool moment in my life," she said.
Hale performed her single on such television shows as "Good Morning America" and "Live with Kelly & Michael." "That was so much fun," she said. "They are such lovely people and very supportive."
She has garnered rave reviews from such outlets as Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Country Music Television (CMT), and she was selected as one of CMT's "Next Women of Country for 2014."
Hale shared that she was very hands-on during the "You Sound Good To Me" music video. It was filmed in California late last year and it features a fun and spontaneous day with her close friends. It was directed by Philip Andelman who has worked with such superstar musicians as Taylor Swift and John Mayer. "I wanted it to have a very friendly vibe. I wanted it to be an experience that anybody can go through," she said.
She revealed that her personal favorite song on the album from a lyrical standpoint is "Nervous Girls." "It has such a strong message that is important for girls to hear. Sometimes I forget what the song is saying and I need to remind myself that is okay to not be okay, and that we are all in it together and we are all struggling with something," she said.
A Memphis, Tennessee native, Hale has been inspired musically by such musical acts as Rascal Flatts and Martina McBride. "Listening to the first Rascal Flatts album was what really made me fall in love with country music," she said. "I would perform Martina McBride songs. She is great."
On balancing both the acting world and a music career, Hale stated, "It is a little difficult but it is manageable. I knew what I was signing up for when I decided to make the album. It is working out and I have a lot of people behind the scenes that are trying to put the puzzle pieces together."
June 21, 2014, is expected to be a special day in Hale's life, since she will be making her debut on the hallowed Grand Ole Opry stage. "That is pretty incredible since that was an ultimate goal for me. Being a music lover and growing up around Tennessee and just being aware of the Opry and all the people that performed there and what it has done for country music is really cool. I feel very blessed and very lucky," she said.
For more information on country singer Lucy Hale, check out her official website.
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