Between her hectic "Pretty Little Liars" schedule and figuring out her musical sound, Lucy Hale's solo debut has been nearly two years in the making. But with the New Year came her new country single "You Sound Good to Me," which Hale says was well worth the wait.
"I always just said I don't want to release anything until I feel, like, 100 percent comfortable with it, and I wanted it to feel really genuine," she told MTV News when asked about the song's holdup.
While a few of her followers were a tad impatient -- "Some of them were a little frustrated because things were so up in the air with it for a while," she admitted -- they seemed pretty happy once they listened to "You Sound Good to Me."
"I'm blown away with the love and support that's shown from the country community, from the music community and from the people that have kept up with me," she said. "I'm unbelievably lucky."
It's not just fans singing the 24-year-olds praises either. When her music video dropped during the winter premiere of "PLL" her phone flooded with encouragement from her costars.
"I think I got a text message from every single [castmate]," she exclaimed. "And a lot of them are not necessarily country music fans, but still super supportive, you know, because they've all known from the beginning that this is my passion and this is something that I've wanted to do forever and, you know just very sweet. Like, Troian [Bellisario] wrote me the nicest tweet and was like, 'This is so inspring, yadda yadda, you know, that you're finally getting to do what you love.'"