As her Country star continues to rise, Lainey Wilson has absolutely no interest in taking it easy — especially when it comes to her music.
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The 30-year-old singer-songwriter recently joined Coop’s Rockin’ Saturday Night on Audacy to share how important she finds it to tell the cold-hard truth through her music and prioritizes working hard.
“As a singer, I like pushing myself. I don’t want to feel like I’m just gettin’ by,” she said. “I want to get better, I want to be a better songwriter, I want to be a better singer. I want to be a better human, and if you don’t push yourself, then you’re not gonna get there.”
The “Things A Man Oughta Know” singer shared a large part of challenging herself is speaking up and having a say in all aspects of her career and making sure she tells the truth through her lyrics.
“I have learned to continue to be brutally honest with myself,” she shared. “In the writing room, with my team, with my producer. I learned that it’s OK, it’s important. There’s a sense of freedom that also comes along with being honest with yourself and the people around you and it’ll set you free.”
One of those lessons in speaking up came when Wilson was writing her latest single, “Heart Like A Truck.”
“We started, honestly, kinda writin’ it the wrong way,” she said, sharing it felt inauthentic. “We were writin’ it as like a fun, kinda up-beat, rockin’ song and in the middle of it I said, Y’all let’s be honest with ourselves. Let’s be honest with them, to the people that are gonna hear this song. Let’s be real about it.”
She continued, “Let’s write a song about finding freedom and strength and about not bein’ afraid and ashamed of the bumps and the dents and the scratches along the way because at the end of the day, that’s what makes you, you. And that’s what gives you a story to tell.”
Lainey continued on to share she finds it important to stay true because that’s what she relates to as a fan of Country music herself.
“As a listener… I want to know that people have struggles,” she shared. “We all have struggles, we all put our pants on the same way… of course there’s a time and place for fun, up-beat rockin’ music and songs, but when I see the words, ‘Heart Like A Truck,’ I want to hear a story. I want to hear a story about where you been, but more importantly about where you goin’. I want to hear a song about triumph. An anthem.”
“Heart Like a Truck,” is the first taste of new music off Lainey’s forthcoming album which does not have a title or release date yet — but according to her, it’s near!