Before Kacey Musgraves climbed the country music charts with her rebel attitude in songs like “Follow Your Arrow”, she was a townie from east Texas who performed western swing for small audiences. Eventually this Dime Store Cowgirl worked her way up the ladder and earned a spot as a contestant on a 2007 episode of the USA Network reality show competition, Nashville Star.
The once popular, but now defunct program was very similar to ABC’s America Idol, except it only promoted aspiring country music acts. Musgraves sang the song “Halfway to Memphis”, which she co-wrote with Miranda Lambert‘s father, Rick. In the video a much younger Musgraves can be seen dressed in casual attire with an acoustic guitar in hand. Strumming solo, she gives a near effortless performance by showcasing her raw vocals and Texan twang.
Although Nashville Star opened doors for artists like Miranda Lambert and Chris Young, it didn’t catapult Musgraves to stardom. She was booted, landing in seventh place.
However, that didn’t stop her from getting in with some of Nashville’s most influential songwriters.The “Merry Go ‘Round” star went on to co-write songs like Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” and Martina McBride’s “Eleven”. Musgraves, in 2012, scored her own contract with Mercury Records.
Now, the Grammy-winning artist is riding high with two full-length albums, Same Trailer Different Park, and Pageant Material, under her belt, and a song on Disney’s We Love Disney album. Not bad for a former Nashville Star contestant that only made it to seventh place.