Kacey Musgraves Biography

The Future Is Bright for This Talented Country Star

Kacey Musgraves - 'Merry Go 'Round' single (2012). Credit: Courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records

Kacey Lee Musgraves was born on August 21, 1988 in Golden, Texas. She made her stage debut when she was 8 years old and wrote her first song, "Notice Me," a year later. That's precisely what she tried to get people to do for the next several years. While growing up in east Texas, Musgraves honed her songwriting abilities and learned how to play several instruments, including the guitar, mandolin and harmonica.

She self-released three albums before appearing on the USA Network singing competition show "Nashville Star" in 2007. She placed seventh and although she didn't win, the experience convinced her to move to Nashville. The exposure she got from appearing on the show proved helpful.

Musgraves got some traction in the Nashville music scene and she soon found success as a songwriter, penning songs for major country artists like Miranda Lambert – who also got her start on "Nashville Star" –and Martina McBride. Musgraves had a fair amount of interest from labels after she scored a publishing contract, but their vision of her didn't quite fit her own so she held out.

Her Big Break

Musgraves found ideal collaborators in Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, who would eventually become co-producers on her major label debut. Musgraves signed with Mercury Nashville in 2012 and released her first single, "Merry Go 'Round," that year.

Her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, was released in March 2013, anchored by the singles "Blowin' Smoke" and "Follow Your Arrow." The latter hit No. 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. She co-wrote all 12 tracks and also co-produced the album.

She was named New Artist of the Year at the 2013 CMA Awards, and she won two Grammy Awards in 2014: Best Country Song for "Merry Go 'Round" and Best Country Album.

She also won an ACM Award for Album of the Year and a CMA Award for Song of the Year for "Follow Your Arrow."

Today

Musgraves didn't waste any time after making such a whirlwind debut. She hopped right back into the studio in 2014 to start working on her second album. Musgraves co-wrote and co-produced the entire album, just as she did with her first. Pageant Material was released in June 2015 to favorable reviews. Featuring the singles "Biscuits" and "Dime Store Cowgirl," it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.

Songwriting

Musgraves' first found success as a songwriter before becoming a star in her own right. She co-wrote the Miranda Lambert song "Mama's Broken Heart," which appears on the album Four the Record, and "When You Love a Sinner," which in included on Martina McBride's album Eleven.

Musgraves has also co-written four songs that appeared on the ABC TV series "Nashville," including "Undermine," "Gonna Get Even," "Crazy Tonight" and "You Can't Stop Me." She also co-wrote "Get Outta My Yard" for Gretchen Wilson's Right on Time, and Brian Wilson's No Pier Pressure, in which she also lends her voice. She had a Christmas release, A Very Kacey Christmas, in 2016.

 

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