Lucy Hale’s Going Country With First Album

by Tiffany Taylor

If Lucy Hale wasn’t busy enough this summer taping her hit series, “Pretty Little Liars,” the young starlet is also now splitting her focus between acting and working on her music. Lucy was just signed to Hollywood Records and plans to spend time writing and recording during breaks from “PLL.”

Lucy is no stranger to the mic. In 2003, she appeared on the “American Idol” spinoff “American Juniors,” and was one of the top five winners put into a vocal group. Although the teen singing quintet broke up two years later to pursue solo efforts, things worked out well for Miss Hale as she booked her first television guest spot on a Nickelodeon show that year.

“I grew up performing, I grew up singing,” Lucy told MTV News. “I never really knew which route I was going to take, but acting sort of took off for a while.”

Lucy’s acting and music worlds collided last year when she starred as a singer in “A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song.” Lucy’s killer vocals in the film caught the ears of Hollywood Records execs, who offered Lucy a record deal. However, Lucy isn’t taking the classic actress-turned-pop star route—she wants to stay true to her Tennessee roots and pursue a career in country music.

“It just really speaks to me. I think country music has so much soul and is so heartfelt,” Lucy said. “I think it’s the perfect fit for me.”

When it comes to her unique pop-country sound, Lucy says she wants it to be a mix between that of Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

We think Lucy is just as adorable as Taylor and, as we’ve seen onscreen in “PLL” has a strong, sassy side like Carrie. No doubt she can pull it off!

“It’s new for me, it’s a new kind of release,” she said of her foray into songwriting. “It’s completely different from what I do at work on ’Pretty Little Liars.’ Not a lot of people know Lucy, they know ‘Aria’ or the other characters I’ve played,” she said. “It’s sort of like introducing me to everyone.”

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