Country singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves grew up writing her own songs. She learned to play guitar at age 12 and her family funded her first, self-released album at age 14, in 2002. Before she took a solo turn, she also sang and performed as one half of the country music duo Texas Two Bits.
Musgraves seemed destined for a career in music, but making the leap to a more professional stage took a little time. In 2012, she signed with Mercury Nashville. Her debut album, Same Trailer, Different Park, came out in 2013 and quickly garnered critical acclaim for its progressive perspective.
It went on to win the Grammy for Best Country Album, while the album's lead single "Merry Go 'Round" won the Grammy for Best Country Song. That same year, Musgraves was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammys and Female Vocalist of the Year at the CMAs.
Musgraves' sophomore album Pageant Material arrived in 2015 and continued relaying her irreverent look at life. She's credited John Prine's sense of humor with influencing her songwriting and it shows.
In 2016, she released the Christmas album A Very Kacey Christmas. But it was her best-selling 2017 album Golden Hour that really changed the game.
The album's subtle pop and disco influences, mixed in with country, showed off a new side to the singer/songwriter. The critics agreed. Golden Hour won all the major album categories at the Grammys, CMAs and ACM Awards. In fact, Musgraves became the fifth artist to do so. Golden Hour also won all four of the Grammy categories for which it was nominated, including Album of the Year.
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On star-crossed, Musgraves' vulnerability doesn’t fully disappear, but neither does she trust it so completely anymore. What emerges are astute observations told plainly. Wrapping them in witticisms or metaphors would lose the truth they need to convey — to herself as much as to anyone else.
With her upcoming set at Glastonbury under a week away, we're considering Musgraves’ impactful songwriting, further examining what lies within the golden tier of her work.