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" It seems like almost every day I've been able to cross things off my bucket list. "
" I love dry British humor. I love to sketch in my off time. I love tequila. "
" I remember thinking the Nineties were uncool: 'I landed in the generation where nothing happens.' "
" A really big thing I've learned - and I think it's so liberating - is when you realize no one knows what they're doing. "
" Texas is really special in that we have our own music scene, our own music chart. It's almost a genre on its own. It feels like you can make a great living just touring the state because it's so big, but eventually, I wanted a new challenge. "
" The art of songwriting is just stumbling your way to something really special, and you don't know what you're going to write until you are writing it. There is no formula. And, sometimes, you really have to work at it and hunker down. "
" I always go back to old vinyl albums I loved, and that's sort of the aim I had with 'Hero' - just to make it look classic and feel like me, but also timeless in a way. "
" The songwriting community in Nashville really is all about your talent. It's not about your image, and you have to be humble. You have to be kind. You have to have zero ego when you walk into that writing room. "
" It's a pipe dream, but for me, I've always wanted a Tesla. I would never have to go to a gas station. "
" I want to be as gracious and thankful as I can because it has been a long road. "
" I love playing with my dog and just sitting on the patio with people I don't get to see very often anymore. I'm a pretty simple gal. "
" Fine arts education in public schools is really abysmal. The same emphasis should be put on music, theater, dance - anything creative - that's put on math and science. "
" I drive to clear my mind, like many people do. It's like, once you get in the car, whatever song you put on, it's so symbiotic. Your mood could change in a second. "
" There's no real high like finishing a new song, playing it a thousand times in your car, and freaking out with your co-writers. "
" I just love when girls rock short hair, because they can't hide behind anything. I feel more empowered with short hair. "
" I was rejected from 'American Idol' - and I'm happier for it now. "
" I wanted to become a better songwriter, so it seemed like a no-brainer to move to Nashville, where some of the best writers in the world live. "
" With streaming services, the walls have come down a bit on genres. So I never really set out to make a country record or a pop record. I just wanted to make it mine. "
" Food is always a favorite on my docket when I go somewhere. "
" There are so many fun things that you live that you can write about and people of all ages can connect to. "
" I care about women's rights and reproductive rights and my gay friends being able to keep their marriages official. You don't want your genre to disown you for it - and I don't think they would now - but you still see that sort of hatred and vitriol that comes with disagreeing with the conservative agenda. "
" I internalize a lot of thoughts, and sometimes it seems like I'm not listening or totally zoned out, but I'm always on a loop of ideas and song titles. I'm definitely kind of a space cadet, but I'm very laid back. "
" I'm not trying to dog any artist or genre, but to me, there is a lot of diversity missing from the radio. I miss turning the radio on and getting punched in the soul with a great lyric. "
" I have a Prius, but I'd love to have a white convertible like Richard Gere's in 'American Gigolo.' "
" I started to see this common theme with the songs that I was writing or co-writing, and it all had this really strong, independent point of view that I had subconsciously been craving from the music scene. "