Lucy Hale may be best known for her role on ABC Family’s wildly successful Pretty Little Liars, but the 24-year-old actress is hoping to make her mark on the world of country music with the release of her debut album, Road Between, set to drop June 3.
EW caught up with the singer to get the scoop on her new album at YouTube Space LA, where Hale spent the day cutting a multi-song session for her own YouTube channel and partaking in a live Q&A with What’s Trending Live host Shira Lazar.
“It’s been quite the ride,” Hale told EW of making the record. “I’ve been sitting on this album for a while. We started working on it over two years ago, so it’s a little surreal that the release is right around the corner, but I’m so proud of it — it’s probably the thing I’m most proud of.”
Hale, who did a bit of co-writing for her debut album, says she found the entire process to be “therapeutic” and also said she was surprised to find out how much she learned about herself in the process. The rest of the ll-track country album boasts songs penned by the likes of Ashley Gorley (Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley), recent Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves, and former Whiskeytown member Mike Daley. Despite the big names in the album credits, Hale said the most important thing to her was making sure she could connect on a personal level to every song that made the cut on Road Between.
“What I really wanted for this album was for it to be a timeline of major events that have happened in my life, whether I wrote the songs or not,” she said. “‘Nervous Girls’ is a good example of a song I personally didn’t write but I wish I had. I connected to it so much when I heard it, because it touched on subjects that I had personally experienced and that I felt really strongly about.”
For those really looking to get inside the starlet’s head, Hale said fans should look no further than the album’s title track, which she says is the most personal song of the bunch.”‘Road Between’ just kind of explains where I’m at in life right now. I was going through some stuff at the time that song was written, and it really captures how I felt in that moment and how I still kind of feel– it’s kind of like my anthem.”
As for what fans can expect from her upcoming debut album, Hale said it’s a combination of “really catchy tunes” and “personal lyrics.” “I think whether you relate to one song or the whole album, there’s literally something for everyone here, whether you like country music or not.”
Road Between comes out June 3.