Memphis Connection: Lucy Hale / 'Pretty Little Liars' Star Will Release Country CD Tuesday

By Donahue, Michael | The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN), June 1, 2014 | Go to article overview

Memphis Connection: Lucy Hale / 'Pretty Little Liars' Star Will Release Country CD Tuesday


Donahue, Michael, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)


Picture Lucy Hale in her role as Aria Montgomery in ABC-TV's "Pretty Little Liars": pretty, petite, chic, artsy, hooking up with a guy who turns out to be her high school English teacher.

Now picture Hale at age 9 singing "Tomorrow" from "Annie" in the finals of the Mid-South Fair Youth Talent Contest.

Quite the contrast.

"I was just a little girl with a big voice," Hale said. "Absolutely no stage presence. Four-feet tall. Probably weighed 60 pounds. I just grew up performing in and around Tennessee. Mid- South Fair was one of the biggest competitions."

She's not singing Broadway hits, but Hale, 24, daughter of Julie Knight of Memphis and Preston Hale of Milan, is back to vocalizing; she'll release her country debut album, Road Between, Tuesday.

"Nothing tells a story better than a country song," Hale said. "The details, the quirkiness of it. I feel like it can touch home on any sort of emotion, or anything you've gone through. Speaking for me, personally, country music is the best way to convey my story. That's why I decided to make a country album. No other option."

Slated to make her Grand Ole Opry debut June 21, Hale co-wrote "Just Another Song," which is on the album. It's about how music "can take you back to a memory or make you relive something you've gone through," she said. "You've broken up with this person. You think everything is OK. And you turn on the radio and this song sends you back to all the emotions you've felt about this person. …

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