Rachel Farley, “Ain’t Easy” – Conference Room Country

Country newcomer Rachel Farley dropped by Country Weekly HQ earlier in spring to play the staff some songs and tell her story. The 18-year-old Lawrenceville, Ga., native began learning the guitar at age 11, and by age 13 was opening concerts for Brantley Gilbert.

Rachel’s debut single, “Ain’t Easy,” which she wrote herself, quickly made an impression on radio programmers because of its darker tone and edgy lyrics.

“It’s ‘loving a girl like me ain’t easy’—but not necessarily because I’m a rough person,” Rachel explained to CW. “I’m a pretty tough chick and I’ll stand my ground and definitely don’t hesitate to stand up for what I think is right. I’m very passionate. I’m all ends of the spectrum.”

As a songwriter, Rachel likes to draw on her own experiences and uses the writing as a way to process how she feels. “I’m a very observant person and I think I would drive myself crazy if I didn’t write songs,” she revealed. “There’s just so much going on in my head. That’s how I sort it out and how I make sense of my life a lot of the time. I’m inspired a lot by life and music and the crazy experiences you go through.”

Rachel’s single “Ain’t Easy” is available on iTunes and Amazon, and her debut album, recorded with producer Michael Knox (Jason Aldean), is due out later in 2013.

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