On Music and Songwriting

» “People haven’t always been there for me. But music always has.”

» “I wish all teenagers can filter through songs instead of turning to drugs and alcohol.”

» “I think I first realized I wanted to be in country music and be an artist when I was 10. And I started dragging my parents to festivals, and fairs, and karaoke contests, and I did that for about a year before I came to Nashville for the first time. I was 11 and I had this demo CD of me singing Dixie Chicks and Leanne Rimes songs.”

» “When you’re singing you can hear the echo of people in the audience singing every single word with you, and that was that big dream that I had for myself. It’s happening.”

» “I write blatantly obvious songs with blatantly obvious details, and then I’m like ‘NO!’ when they find out, I dunno what’s wrong with me. I have issues.”

» “Everybody has that point in their life where you hit a crossroads and you’ve had a bunch of bad days and there’s different ways you can deal with it and the way I dealt with it was I just turned completely to music.”

» “I’m not that complicated. my complications come out in my songs. All you have to do to be my friend is like me…and listen.”

» “I think songwriting is the ultimate form of being able to make anything that happens in your life productive. If you get out of a bad relationship that was a complete waste of time, you can write about it and it can become a benefit to your career. How sweet is that?”

» “I hope that I stand for the girl who is 15 and is in school and doesn’t fit in. Maybe she can find some sort of comfort by going home and putting on my CD.”

 

On the fans

» “Fans are my favorite thing in the world. I’ve never been the type of artist who has that line drawn between their friends and their fans. The line’s always been really blurred for me. I’ll hang out with them after the show. I’ll hang out with them before the show. If I see them in the mall, I’ll stand there and talk to them for 10 minutes. I don’t care. I’m just a senior in high school who has a better job. Who am I to think I’m better than talking to people?”

» “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.”

» “They’re girls my age who I’d be hanging out with if I was at school right now. We have a close relationship. If they come to a few shows, I remember them. I’m not going to put up a weird barrier between me and my fans – I wouldn’t have any of this without them.”

 

On Life

» “Clubs are just not where I want to be photographed. For everything I do, I think about a 6-year-old girl and her mom that I saw at my concert last night. I think about what those two individuals would think if I were at a club last night. I never want to be arrested, and I never want to get a DUI, those are my moral values. I am an over-achiever, and I want to be known for the good things in my life.”

» “It’s making yourself happy with your life that will attract people. If you don’t seem lonely, that’s when somebody’s going to want you.”

» “What I’ve learned is not to change who you are, because eventually you’re going to run out of new things to become.”

» “We don’t wish for the easy stuff. We wish for big things. Things that are ambitious, out of reach.”

» “If high school’s everything, you’ve got a long life to live. And I’d like to think the best years of my life are still ahead of me.”

» “I’m intimidated by the fear of being average.”

» “I pulled out my iPod and randomly selected a Grey’s Anatomy episode to watch the pass the time.. And it randomly selected the episode where Denny dies, and so I started hysterically crying and couldn’t stop for about ten minutes. (He was my favorite character, hands down. Why’d he have to die?) For the the record, this is the first time I’ve cried in a VERY long time. So I figure if the only reason I have to cry is a TV show, I must be pretty lucky.”

» “You only get so many firsts. Every one is a blessing.”

» “Most girls have had that experience when you’re getting ready to go to a party and you picked out this awesome outfit and you’re so ready to go to this party, and you put on the outfit and you’re walking down the stairs, you almost make it out the front door when someone makes you turn right back around and change clothes because your skirt is too short. My mom doesn’t know what a Facebook is, and it takes her an hour to send a text message. But if you’ve got someone who’s looking out for you, like she looks out for me, don’t ever forget about them.”

» “The only place where it’s cool to be the same as everyone else is in junior high.”

 

On Awards

» (While accepting a songwriting award in 2010) “I just really like to write songs about boys, and this is a song that I wrote about a boy who I liked but my parents didn’t. I’m really not much for fits of rebellion but this song, I wrote it right after my one epic teenage tantrum that I ever threw in my whole life. I remember screaming something like – “but Daddy I love him” – and running out and storming into my room and slamming the door, and then I sat down on the floor and wrote this song. So thank you for rewarding that behavior.”

» (On her win at the 2007 CMT Music Awards) “I cannot believe this is happening right now. This is for my MySpace people and everybody who voted. The fans, y’all, I’m going out on tour with Brad Paisley and this is coming with me to every single [autograph] signing line so you can get a picture of the award you won for me. Thank you so much.”

» “I put absolutely everything I have into this album. These are songs I wrote in my bedroom. I worked on this album for two years, and I can’t believe my name was called! Getting to write every song on an album and having it voted album of the year is an indescribable honor.”

» (Upon winning the CMA Horizon Award) “This is definitely the highlight of my senior year!”

 

Other

» “Never wear lip gloss onstage. Your hair will stick to it when you head bang.”

» (On what she’s been buying for her new apartment during a live chat with fans) “You go into the book store and you see books like ‘How To Make Great Sandwiches’ and you’re like, ‘who buys those?’. I buy those.”

» (On the set of You Belong With Me music video when the boys were playing video games) “Then you turn into a unicorn man, so you jump on the unicorn, press d, d, d, plus, plus, plus and turn and then you get to the golden arches, and then you’ve gotten to the next level.”

» (On staying safe online) “Chatting with friends and surfing the Internet is cool, but it’s important to stay safe. Be smart about keeping your identity private online.”

» I suffer from “girl-next-door-itis”, where the guy is friends with you, and that’s it.

 

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