Lainey Wilson Hits The Heights

By Stacey Swanson

Lainey Wilson was raised in the small town of Baskin, Louisiana. Her father worked as a farmer while her mother taught school. She developed an interest in music at a young age, spending many evenings with her family listening to the classic country of artists like Buck Owens and Glen Campbell. Her father taught her a few chords on the guitar and when she was nine, she got to see a performance of The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and that was it. Summarily inspired, she began writing songs, and in 2006, at the tender age of 14, released an EP called Country Girls Rule on Myspace. In high school, she got a gig impersonating the Miley Cyrus character Hannah Montana, often booking and performing her own shows. She’d perform as Hannah at birthday parties, fairs, and festivals across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas, once even putting on a show for young cancer patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Wilson graduated high school in 2011 and moved to Nashville where she lived in a camper trailer outside of a recording studio where an owner was kind enough to pay for water and electricity. She played small shows for several years and continued to work on her songwriting. In 2014, Wilson released a self-titled album on the independent Culprit Records label. In 2016, Tougher, her second album was released on the Lone Chief label...

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