Kasey Musgraves made a lot of waves
by Snehashree Mandal for Country Music News International
Kacey Musgraves was born in a family which promoted her musical talent. Born to Craig and Karen Musgraves, she hails from Carthage Texas. She began songwriting at the age of eight and for her elementary school graduation, she wrote a song named, “Notice Me.”
Her first musical beats were from the mandolin but then she moved onto taking guitar lessons from a local musician. Even to date, Kacey feels that learning guitar was one of the most perfect stuff that ever happened to her.
She would sing western swing music at local music festivals. With another co-student, Alina Tatum, she became a part of the children’s country music duo Texas Two Bits touring through entire Texas, releasing an independent album in the year 2000. This album gave way to an invitation to the George W. Bush “Black Tie and Boots inaugural ball.”
Her first solo album was funded by her family and it happened at 14 for her. She further graduated from Minneola School in 2006 before moving to Austin, Texas when she was 18.
If you save yourself for marriage
You’re a bore
You don’t save yourself for marriage
You’re a horrible person
If you won’t have a drink
Then you’re a prude
But they’ll call you a drunk
As soon as you down the first one
While she was living in Austin, she was discovered by Monte Robinson, for his independent label called Triple Pop. In 2010 she collaborated with Josh Abbott’s band for “Oh Tonight.” Her two acoustic recordings climbed swiftly up the charts- one was the One’s Republic Apologize and another was the Miley Cyrus’s See You Again. Her journey kept incorporating many such exciting projects like joining Lady Antebellum for their night tours in 2012.
Finally, in 2012 she signed with Mercury Nashville and released her solo debut single called “Merry Go Round.” Her album took to the number #2 and sold 42000 copies on the first go.
Additional hit singles like “Blowin Smoke” and “Follow your arrow” made a lot of waves.
If you can’t lose the weight
Then you’re just fat
But if you lose too much
Then you’re on crack
you’re damned if you do
and you’re damned if you don’t
So you might as well just do
Whatever you want
Musgraves co-wrote songs with Miranda Lambert (Mama’s Broken Heart) and Trent Dabbs (Undermine).
In 2012 Musgraves got nominated for four awards for the Academy of Country Music Awards including being the Female Vocalist of the Year. She was also awarded the four Grammy Awards for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Musgraves joined Katy Perry on her tour and co-toured with Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss on a few chosen dates.
So, make lots of noise
Kiss lots of boys
Or kiss lots of girls
If that’s something you’re into
When the straight and narrow
Gets a little too straight
Roll up a joint, or don’t
Just follow your arrow
wherever it points, yeah
Follow your arrow
Wherever it points
In April 2014, Kacey Musgraves won the Academy of Country Music Award for the album Same Trailer Different Park.
In late August 2014, Kacey Musgraves announced she would do a 10-show headlining tour and all of it was followed by numerous other albums.
Kacey Musgraves lists Alison Krauss as her career role model and slowly she kept rising her ladder, one after the other. Fast forward her life a few years and in December 2020, Musgrave’s song O” What a world was used for the original Christmas movie, Dashing in December by the Paramount Network.
Kacey Musgraves’s latest album, the fifth in the row is supposed to come out in 2021 in partnership with UMG Nashville and Interscope Records.
Just like her song, Follow Your Arrow, she too is carving her own; making a mark, leaving an imprint for others to know, it is just the inner arrow you need to be true to and it is enough.