Kacey Musgraves

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Kacey Musgraves
Birth name Kacey Lee Musgraves[1]
Born August 21, 1988 (1988-08-21) (age 25)[2][3]
Mineola, Texas, United States[4][5]
Origin Golden, Texas
Genres Country, Traditional country, Americana, Alt-Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmonica, banjo
Years active 2002–present
Labels Mercury Nashville
Associated acts Radney Foster, Miranda Lambert, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Brandy Clark
Website www.kaceymusgraves.com

Kacey Lee Musgraves (born August 21, 1988)[2][3][6][7] is an American country music artist. She self-released three albums[8][9] before appearing on the fifth season of the USA Network's singing competition Nashville Star in 2007, where she placed seventh. Signed to Mercury Nashville in 2012, she released the album Same Trailer Different Park in March 2013.

Early life[edit]

Musgraves was born in Golden, Texas.[10]She began songwriting at the age of eight, when she wrote a song called "Notice Me" for her elementary school graduation.[10] She first learned to play music on the mandolin, and then began at age 12 started taking guitar lessons from a local musician named John DeFoore, and later described it as "one of the most important things that ever happened to me".[10] Musgraves first got her start in the country music industry at the age of 18, when she would record demos to make money.[10] Her mother would take her to local music festivals to sing western swing music.[11]


While living in Austin in 2008, Kacey was discovered by independent record label Triple Pop, for whom she recorded two songs, "Apologize" and "See You Again", both of which are available on a digital EP online.[12]

Musgraves joined Lady Antebellum on their Own the Night 2012 tour in the United Kingdom.[13] She also signed with Mercury Records in 2012 and released her solo debut single "Merry Go 'Round". The song is included on her album Same Trailer Different Park, which was produced and co-written by Shane McAnally and Luke Laird and released on March 19, 2013.[14] She also co-wrote Miranda Lambert's 2013 single "Mama's Broken Heart". Same Trailer Different Park produced additional hit singles in "Blowin' Smoke" and "Follow Your Arrow".

"Undermine", a song co-written by Musgraves and Trent Dabbs, was featured in the ABC television series Nashville on October 17, 2012.[15][16] Musgraves was nominated for four awards at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year. Kacey's fourth studio album, Same Trailer Different Park, debuted at number 2, selling 42,000 copies.[17] Musgraves was also nominated for four Grammy Awards at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, tying Taylor Swift and Lorde for the most nominations received by a woman that year. Those nominations included Best New Artist, Best Country Album (Same Trailer Different Park), and Best Country Song for both "Mama's Broken Heart" and "Merry Go 'Round".[18] "Merry Go 'Round" won the Best Country Song Grammy, and Same Trailer Different Park won in Best Country Album. Kacey Musgraves is joining Katy Perry on the North American leg of her Prismatic World Tour as well as Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss on select dates during their tour.

Musgraves won the 2014 Academy of Country Music award for album of the year, for her album Same Trailer Different Park.

Personal life[edit]

Musgraves is currently dating her band mate Misa Arriaga.[19]



Musgraves lists Alison Krauss as one of her career role models. "I mean, how many Grammys does she have? She’s just remained solid and true and great, and I respect that".[20] Musgraves favorite artist is John Prine because of amazing songwriting.[21] Musgraves also lists Lee Ann Womack as one of her childhood influences " Lee Ann Womack is from near where I grew up in east Texas so I’ve always looked up to her."[22]

Lyrical themes and style[edit]

Musgraves is known for her controversial lyrics in the conservative country music genre. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Musgraves faced criticism for her rebellious lyrics "I think throwing the rebel card out there is really cheap. The things I’m singing about are not controversial to me, I don’t push buttons to push buttons. I talk about things that have made an impression on me that a lot of people everywhere are going through."[22]



Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country US CAN[23] UK[24]
Movin' On [25][26][27]
  • Release date: July 16, 2002
  • Label: CDBaby
Wanted: One Good Cowboy [28][29]
  • Release date: May 19, 2003
  • Label: Independent
Kacey Musgraves [30][31]
  • Release date: March 6, 2007
  • Label: Independent
Apologize / See You Again (Acoustic) (EP) [12][32]
  • Recorded date: March 27, 2008
  • Released date: April 10, 2013
  • Label: Triple Pop
Same Trailer Different Park 1 2 13 39 US: 448,000[33]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Sales Album
US Country
US Country Airplay
CAN Country
2012 "Merry Go 'Round" 14 10 63 26 84
  • US: 1,000,000
Same Trailer Different Park
2013 "Blowin' Smoke" 31 23 107 46
"Follow Your Arrow" 10 43 60 42 50
2014 "Keep It to Yourself"A 40 32 48
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • ACurrent single.

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2014 "The Trailer Song" 46 N/A

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak positions Album
US Country
2011 "Oh, Tonight" Josh Abbott Band 44 She's Like Texas

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist Album Notes
2013 "Bourbon in Kentucky" Dierks Bentley Riser Backing vocals (Not credited as "featured" artist)

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2011 "Oh Tonight" (with Josh Abbott Band) Evan Kaufmann
2012 "Merry Go 'Round"[42] Perry Bean & Kacey Musgraves
2013 "Blowin' Smoke"[43] Honey
"Follow Your Arrow"[44] Honey & Kacey Musgraves

Songwriting credits[edit]

Year Title Artist Album
2011 "When You Love A Sinner" Martina McBride Eleven
"Mama's Broken Heart" Miranda Lambert Four the Record
2012 "Undermine" Hayden Panettiere and Charles Esten The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 1
2013 "Get Outta My Yard" Gretchen Wilson Right on Time
"Gonna Get Even" Aubrey Peeples Nashville
"That's Just Me" Deana Carter Southern Way of Life
"I Don't Want To"
"Crazy Tonight" Clare Bowen Nashville
2014 "That's What I Call Crazy" Lucy Hale Road Between

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2013 ACM Awards Top New Female Artist Nominated
Top Female Vocalist Nominated
Music Video of the Year - "Merry Go 'Round" (two nominations: artist and director) Nominated
CMT Music Awards Female Video of the Year - "Merry Go 'Round" Nominated
Breakthrough Video of the Year - "Merry Go 'Round" Nominated
CMA Awards Single of the Year - "Merry Go 'Round" Nominated
Album of the Year - Same Trailer Different Park Nominated
Song of the Year - "Mama's Broken Heart" Nominated
Song of the Year - "Merry Go 'Round" Nominated
Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
New Artist of the Year Won
American Country Awards
New Artist of the Year Nominated
Music Video by a New Artist - "Merry Go 'Round" Nominated
Song of the Year - "Mama's Broken Heart" Nominated
Song of the Year - "Merry Go 'Round" Nominated
2014 Grammy Awards Best New Artist Nominated
Best Country Song - "Mama's Broken Heart" Nominated
Best Country Song - "Merry Go 'Round" Won
Best Country Album - Same Trailer Different Park Won
ACM Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year - Same Trailer Different Park (two nominations: artist and producer) Won
Song of the Year - "Mama's Broken Heart" Nominated
Video of the Year - "Blowin' Smoke" Nominated
CMT Music Awards Video of the Year - "Follow Your Arrow" Nominated
Female Video of the Year - "Follow Your Arrow"
World Music Awards World's Best Female Artist Nominated
World's Best Live Act
World's Best Entertainer
World's Best Album - Same Trailer Different Park


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