Kacey Musgraves Biography
Musgraves was born in Alba, Texas.
She began songwriting at the age of eight, when she wrote a song called "Notice Me" for her elementary school graduation. She first learned to play music on the mandolin, and then began at age 12 started taking guitar lessons from a local musician named John DeFoore, and later described it as "one of the most important things that ever happened to me". Musgraves first got her start in the country music industry at the age of 18, when she would record demos to make money. Her mother would take her to local music festivals to sing western swing music.
While living in Austin in 2008, Kacey was discovered by independent record label Triple Pop, for whom she recorded two songs, "Apologize" and "See You Again", both of which are available on a digital EP online.
Musgraves joined Lady Antebellum on their Own the Night 2012 tour in the United Kingdom. She also signed with Mercury Records in 2012 and released her solo debut single "Merry Go 'Round". The song is included on her album Same Trailer Different Park, which was produced and co-written by Shane McAnally and Luke Laird and released on March 19, 2013. She also co-wrote Miranda Lambert's 2013 single "Mama's Broken Heart". Same Trailer Different Park produced additional hit singles in "Blowin' Smoke" and "Follow Your Arrow". Rolling Stone magazine listed "Follow Your Arrow" at number 39 of their list of 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time, and said that Musgraves was "one of the loudest symbols of young country musicians embracing progressive values."
"Undermine", a song co-written by Musgraves and Trent Dabbs, was featured in the ABC television series Nashville on October 17, 2012. Musgraves was nominated for four awards at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year. Kacey's fourth studio album, Same Trailer Different Park, debuted at number 2, selling 42,000 copies. Musgraves was also nominated for four Grammy Awards at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, tying Taylor Swift and Lorde for the most nominations received by a woman that year. Those nominations included Best New Artist, Best Country Album (Same Trailer Different Park), and Best Country Song for both "Mama's Broken Heart" and "Merry Go 'Round". "Merry Go 'Round" won the Best Country Song Grammy award, and Same Trailer Different Park won in Best Country Album. Kacey Musgraves joined Katy Perry on the North American leg of her Prismatic World Tour as well as Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss on select dates during their tour.
In April 2014, Musgraves won the Academy of Country Music award for album of the year for Same Trailer Different Park. In June 2014, she released a new song called The Trailer Song, which she debuted on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.
Same Trailer Different Park was certified gold in August 2014 for selling over 500,000 copies. Musgraves' single "Follow Your Arrow" was also certified gold, while "Merry Go Round" was certified platinum.
Musgraves announced in late August 2014 that she would perform a ten-show headlining tour, dubbed "Same Tour Different Trailer," starting on September 25 and ending on October 19th.
In September 2014, Musgraves said that she had begun writing songs for her second major label album, and planned to begin work in earnest with Luke Laird and Shane MacAnally later in the year after her touring schedule finished. "Biscuits," the first single from her second studio album, was released on March 16, 2015, and Musgraves performed the single on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on June 6, 2015. Pageant Material, Musgraves' second studio album, will be released on June 23, 2015.