Lucy Hale Was Intimidated by Writing With Nashville Songwriters

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Lucy Hale may primarily be known as an actress from the popular show Pretty Little Liars, but she’s going full-on country with the release of her debut album, Road Between, Tuesday, June 3.

While she was on break from filming PLL, Lucy would travel to Nashville to record and work on writing songs with the town’s top tunesmiths. That proved to be a little intimidating for Lucy, considering she’d never really done it before.

“You come into Nashville and there’s these writers who are like machines,” she says. “They spit out a melody or a lyric and I was truly blown away. It was a little frightening at first to be completely vulnerable and be willing to make a mistake or say something that was quote-unquote ‘wrong.’ I’m still finding my footing in it, I just learned a lot.”

The trick she discovered is that it’s nearly the opposite of acting, when she’s playing someone else. Instead, she has to just be herself—which is harder than it sounds. “In acting, you’re not yourself,” she explains. “You’re trying to hone in to a character or certain experience. Then, with music, all I’m trying to do is tell my story and being 100 percent genuine and be myself.”

Looks like she was successful: her co-written “Just Another Song” appears on Road Between.

For more with Lucy, pick up the June 9 issue of Country Weekly, on stands now.

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