Born:Apr 26, 2018 (age 0)
Years active:2006 - present
Styles:traditional country, contemporary country
Born in the small east Texas town of Golden (near Mineola, Texas), Kacey Musgraves began singing and writing songs as a child, performing Western Swing at festivals around Texas. Shortly after graduating high school, Musgraves appeared on USA’s country singing competition Nashville Star. She made it to 7th place, but the experienced proved beneficial to Musgraves. During her time on the program she met songwriters who were working in Nashville and encouraged her to make the move to Music City.
Musgraves moved to Nashville to be a songwriter, signing a publishing deal at 21. Soon, she was racking up hits for other artists, like Miranda Lambert, who took the Musgraves-penned “Mama’s Broken Heart” to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country chart.
In 2012, Musgraves released her breakout single “Merry Go Round.” Written by Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, the song captured the loneliness of small towns. Her major label debut album Same Trailer Different Park, produced by Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Luke Laird, proved that the singer-songwriter was set to inject country music with some much needed honesty. In 2014, Musgraves won a Grammy award for Best Country Album for Same Trailer, Different Park. The album also won Album of the Year at the 2014 ACM awards.
Her single “Follow Your Arrow,” released in late 2013, was named Song of the Year at the 2014 CMA awards.
Musgraves follow-up album Pageant Material was another critical success. Her songs “Biscuits,” “Dime Store Cowgirl,” “Good Ole Boys Club” and “High Time” further solidified Musgraves as one of the most outspoken and fearless members of the genre.
Musgraves has collaborated with several of her musical heroes, including Willie Nelson, John Prine and Loretta Lynn. She’s also teamed up with her peers from the pop and R&B realm, recording an episode of CMT Crossroads with Katy Perry and recording “Waves” with R&B singer Miguel.
In 2018, Musgraves will open select tour dates for Harry Styles. She’s also heading out on the Breaker tour with Little Big Town and Midland, which will run from February through April of 2018.