Back in January, we reviewed Lauren Davidson’s Live In The Light and ever since then, she’s been on our radar. We finally managed to snag some time to sit down and ask all the important questions – like #whatmadeyoucountry.
Country music means life. It means storytelling. It means honesty and vulnerability. It means truth. I needed and wanted to tell stories. The universe compelled me to country music in so many ways even when I fought it I was brought back to it. So country music was the only way for me.
I’ve always been overly moved by music in general – by melodies and stories through lyrics. I do not remember the first country song I ever heard but I was (and am) heavily influenced by female voices of the 90s – Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes. When I was in college I performed in the Wild Country show at Hershey Park and on our first day of rehearsal the production team played us a curated playlist of country songs as sort of an intro to the genre and I lesson and I was moved to tears by Dolly Parton’s I Will Aways Love You and that day will be tattooed in my memory for the rest of my life.
The one artist that inspired me most is – Can I pick 2? Haha – Grace Potter and Stevie Nicks. If I could only listen to one country album for the next decade, it would be probably Shania Twain’s Greatest Hits.
Check out five of my most influential songs!
(Lauren also included The Dance by Garth Brooks; however, Brooks’ catalog is not available on Spotify.)