For some reason, I was born with this crazy dream to live an abnormal life and be an artist. As hard as this road has been at times, I could never chose any other path. When I was 8, I told my mom I was ready to go out into the world and pursue my dreams. She told me to wait just a little longer. So I guess you could say when I left home at 15, it had been a long time coming.


It seems that everywhere I was led to go has shaped me and given me songs. Living in New York City I was cold, broke and lonely, but that experience broadened my perspective on life and made me stronger. Falling in love in Charleston, SC under the sunshine and by the ocean gave me more inspiration. Sleeping in sketchy motels and on friends' couches in countless cities has given me more stories than I could tell. My path hasn’t been straight, but it’s made me who I am and it has led me to Nashville.


From the start, I’ve wanted to make a difference and touch people. I’ve believed that through music I could connect with people and make a difference. We all have a purpose and a way that we can make somebody’s life a little better, and since I was young this is the way I’ve wanted to do that. Somehow my winding road has led me here to Nashville and I’m working with the best team of people I’ve ever met at Big Machine. It’s still hard to believe sometimes that I’m surrounded by people who support what I’m doing and I couldn’t be more grateful.


Hopefully my life and my music will encourage other people to keep taking risks and follow their own dreams. It’s okay to make mistakes and to figure out your own path as you go (trust me, I’ve made a lot of mistakes). It’s okay to live outside of the box and to be exactly the way you are. I want my little sister and every other girl in this world to know that it’s okay to have a crazy dream and to be bold enough to go for it. I’m following my crazy dream and I don’t regret it one bit. - LJ



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