In this business you have to develop a thick skin, but I'm always going to feel everything. It's my nature.
I love it when people say things to me in public and want to meet me, because I want to meet them! Early on, my manager told me, 'If you want to sell 500,000 records, then go out there and meet 500,000 people.'
My mom and I have always been really close. She's always been the friend that was always there. There were times when, in middle school and junior high, I didn't have a lot of friends. But my mom was always my friend. Always.
It feels kinda weird being back in a high school cause I haven't been in a high school for about a year. So um, it's kinda interesting coming back, and y'know seeing the lockers, with all the signs, the handmade signs, so being in high school again is a little bit strange but in a good way.
I get really restless when I haven't worked for a day and a half. I have a recurring dream that people are lined up next to my bed, waiting for autographs and taking pictures of me!
I remember auditioning for record labels and having them tell me, 'Well, the country-radio demographic is the thirty-five-year-old female housewife. Give us a song that relates to the thirty-five-year-old female, and we'll talk.'
I don't know how to have a normal relationship because I try to act normal and love from a normal place and live a normal life, but there is sort of an abnormal magnifying glass, like telescope lens, on everything that happens.
I know that a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania is about the most random place for a country singer to come from, but I had an awesome childhood.
I don't know if I could do this with the same energy, and in the same way -- all the costume changes and glitter and hair and makeup -- all the time. When I'm in my 50s, I kind of think I'll want to be in a garden.
Sitting on a bedroom floor crying is something that makes you feel really alone. If someone's singing about that feeling, you feel bonded to that person. That's the only way I can find an explanation for why 55,000 people would want to come see me sing.
No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.
I cap myself when I shop; I don't like to spend extravagant amounts on clothes. But, I do get lent clothes for events, it's scary to wear something so expensive, but I feel really pampered.
When you say, 'I spent my summers at the Jersey Shore,' people always say, 'Oh, really?' They think of the TV show. So I just say, 'A cute little harbor town in New Jersey.'
I've never thought about songwriting as a weapon. I've only thought about it as a way to help me get through love and loss and sadness and loneliness and growing up.
When you are missing someone, time seems to move slower, and when I'm falling in love with someone, time seems to be moving faster.
I look out at the stadiums full of people and see them all knowing the words to songs I wrote. And curling their hair! I remember straightening my hair because I wanted to be like everybody else, and now the fact that anybody would emulate what I do? It's just funny. And wonderful.
I leave the genre labeling to other people. I really do. If I were to think too hard about it, that would stifle you creatively. If you think too hard about who other people want you to be as an artist, it stops you from being who you want to be as an artist.
I don't like to feel like I'm some fragile package that has to be shipped by high-priority mail and handled with white gloves.
My friends tease me about the fact that if someone seems bad or shady or like they have a secret, I find them incredibly interesting.
Silence speaks so much louder than screaming tantrums. Never give anyone an excuse to say that you're crazy.
I love making buckwheat crepes with ham, Parmesan cheese, and a fried egg on top. It's my go-to breakfast.
I like the app where you can make your own memes. I make memes all the time and send them to my friends.
People like music when they're in love, but they don't need it as much. You need music when you're missing someone or you're pining for someone or you're forgetting someone or you're trying to process what just happened.
Music is my shining light, my favorite thing in the world. T get me to stop doing it for one second would be difficult!
There's so much about Dolly Parton that every female artist should look to, whether it's reading her quotes or reading her interviews or going to one of her live shows. She's been such an amazing example to every female songwriter out there.
I can't deal with someone wanting to take a relationship backward or needing space or cheating on you.
I think the tiniest little thing can change the course of your day, which can change the course of your year, which can change who you are.
When you hear people making hateful comments, stand up to them. Point out what a waste it is to hate, and you could open their eyes.
I was from a small town, and nobody really expects you to leave, especially before you graduate. That doesn't happen.
At some point, you grow out of being attracted to that flame that burns you over and over and over again.