LUCY HALE: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT
Born in Memphis, Tenn., Lucy Hale started singing at 8 years old and eventually took part in a talent competition at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. At age 13, she won the Fox Network’s singing competition show, “American Juniors.” Her mother then cashed in her savings to seek success for daughter as a singer in Los Angles.
However, Lucy’s path took a surprise turn, as she was selected to play Aria on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars.” Her star rose quickly before the cameras, as she won four Teen Choice Awards as well as the Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Rising Star. She also made guest appearances on TV shows including “How I Met Your Mother” and “Privileged,” and in films including “A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song” and “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.”
Despite her success in this and other acting opportunities, Hale eventually decided to honor her childhood love for Country Music. That road has led her to Nashville, where she has recorded a debut album, Road Between, to be released by DMG Nashville/Bigger Picture Group on June 3.
IN HER OWN WORDS
Who is your musical hero?
“Martina McBride. Her song ‘Broken Wing’ made me want to be in Country Music.”
What song would you love to cover?
“I’d love to do a Country version of Emeli Sande’s song ‘Next To Me.’ Or ‘Jolene’ by Dolly, of course.”
What album tops your playlist?
“The last album played on my iPod was Charlie Worsham’s Rubberband.”
Who is your dream duet partner?
“Martina McBride, Shania Twain or Vince Gill.”
What book is on your nightstand?
“ ‘The Secret Keeper,’ by Kate Morton.”
What do you sing in the shower?
“Whatever was just on the radio … lots of Taylor Swift and Disney songs. Or if I’m running late, my warm ups!”
What songs do you wish you had written?
“‘Jesus Take the Wheel’ and ‘The House That Built Me.’”
What word do you find yourself repeating over and over again?
“I literally say ‘literally’ all the time.”
What mode of transportation do you prefer?
“I’m liking the tour bus life; after years of flying, I’m finally adjusting.”
What actress would portray you in a biopic?
“Maybe Selena Gomez, just because everyone says we look similar.”
What moment in your life would you like to relive?
“The moment I called my mom to tell her I got a record deal. It was pretty special.”
Do you have a lucky charm?
“A diamond ring that was passed on to me from my late grandma.”
What would the title of your autobiography be?
What do you hope people will say about you when they look back on your life?
“I hope people enjoy my work and my music and that it inspires them. Mainly, I want to be known as kind.”
What would you put in your personal time capsule?
“A journal to document, a Polaroid for memories to capture, a comfy pillow for travel, a punching bag for b ad days, throat-coat tea, Starbucks gift cards (my lifesaver) and a dash of confidence when needed.”
If you weren’t a musical artist, what would you be?
“Maybe a stylist, or possibly a vet. I’ve never really had any desire to do anything but exactly what I’m doing now.”
What was your greatest performance to date?
“I’d say my ‘CMA Country Christmas’ performance. We’ve been doing lots of smaller ones, but this was my first outing and first time in an arena. I was pretty nervous!”
What can you tell us that we’d never guess about you?
“A lot of times people meet me and think that I’m 24 going on 40. I’m actually quite goofy and childlike, though. You just have to get to know me J.”
Check out Lucy Hale’s official website at www.LucyHale.com and follow her on Twitter at @LucyHale.
CMA members: For more on Lucy Hale, see the April/May 2014 issue of CMA Close Up.
Get to know Lucy Hale:
Official music video for “You Sound Good To Me”:
“You Sound Good To Me” behind the scenes:
Acoustic performance of “Nervous Girls”: