Whether we're country music fans or not, chances are we've still heard of Kacey Musgraves. While many country stars stay in their own genre, Musgraves' unique sound has earned her fans all over the world—and not just country fans. People who love pop, indie, and more, all love her music.
While she's absolutely stunning, she's not the type of artist to let someone else write all her songs. She's a singer-songwriter in every sense of the word and is always pushing the envelope with her music. She's not afraid to speak her mind and let her opinions be heard. That's part of the reason so many people love her!
So, the following is for all of us who have gotten stuck in a loop of endless Kacey Musgraves songs. Learn a little bit more about the woman behind those songs masses of fans play on repeat, over and over again.
She's been making a splash in the industry ever since she released her debut album, and she shows no signs of slowing down. We have a feeling we're going to be hearing a whole lot more of her in the years to come—and we can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeves.
Here are 21 little-known details about Kacey Musgraves that fans may not have known.
21 She's A Small Town Texas Girl
It's certainly not a requirement that you come from a Southern state if you're a country star, but, well, the vast majority of them do. And it turns out, Kacey Musgraves is no exception. She's a small-town Texas girl who grew up in Golden, a town in east Texas.
She heard a ton of country music at a young age and was inspired by many of the talented artists that came from Texas. So, as she grew up, she always had her sights set on one particular path—becoming a country star. Thanks to her talent and hard work, she's achieved all her dreams!
20 She Started Writing Songs At Just Eight
Songwriting certainly isn't an easy skill. There are plenty of talented artists who never quite master it—though they have input, they always have a team of writers helping them pen their masterpieces. For Kacey Musgraves, it comes easier than for most—after all, she's been doing it since she was a kid!
When she was just eight or nine years old, she started putting some of her poems to music and writing her own songs. While it took some time to really develop her skills, that's a majorly impressive feat for a pre-teen! No wonder she ended up becoming such an incredible songwriter when she was older.
19 Her 'Debut' Wasn't Actually Her First Released Album
Most people think that Kacey Musgraves' first album was the first album they saw of hers in stores, Same Trailer Different Park. While that was indeed her full length debut with a major label, she actually released several EPs and albums independently. It just goes to show she definitely wasn't an overnight success.
While it seems like she released a debut and became an overnight sensation, in reality, she was working hard for years and years before she finally came out with the kind of songs that took her to the top of the charts. We'd still love to give her super early albums a listen!
18 She Was Once Part Of A Duo, Texas Two-Bits
Kacey Musgraves definitely doesn't need anyone to share the stage with her. She has a great presence on stage and manages to capture the audience's attention all on her own. Back when she was just a tween though, she had a partner for a while.
Musgraves and a fellow aspiring musician, Alina Tatum, joined forces to form the Texas Two-Bits, which is about the most adorable name for a Texan duo we can think of. They didn't stay together for long, but it probably gave Musgraves a lot of valuable lessons in how to handle working with a partner and collaborating on projects.
17 She Competed On Nashville Star — And Lost
Reality competition shows are a bit of a hit or miss situation when it comes to finding stars. Sometimes the person who wins gets a lasting professional run, and sometimes someone who was eliminated in the earliest rounds ends up being famous.
The judges of Nashville Star might be scratching their heads now at how they didn't see the potential of a young Kacey Musgraves back when she was on the show in season 5. Not only did Musgraves not win but she didn't even make it to the top five! She came in seventh overall, although she's the one laughing now, having forged a place for herself in the music industry.
16 She Used A Biscuit Pan As An Instrument In One Of Her Songs
Kacey Musgraves is definitely creative and innovative when it comes to her music. It turns out that even extends to the types of instruments she's using in the recording studio! She wanted to get a particular kind of sound for her song "Biscuits" and couldn't quite find the right fit from regular instruments. So, she thought up something a bit outside the box—a biscuit pan.
The clanging sound in her song "Biscuits" isn't from a drum or any other kind of percussion instrument—it's from the drummer banging on a biscuit pan. It turns out, that unusual sound was exactly what the song needed!
15 Her Husband Is Also A Country Singer
Many individuals in creative industries like music end up marrying others in the industry. After all, who would better understand the life of a singer-songwriter than another singer-songwriter? Kacey Musgraves met her hubby Ruston Kelly when he was performing at Nashville's legendary country music venue, the Bluebird Cafe.
She ended up approaching him after his performance, and they made a date for a songwriting session. While their partnership may have worked on a musical level, it also worked on a romantic level, and they fell head over heels in love with one another. What a cute story! Perhaps one day they'll release a full duet album.
14 She Created Her Own Cowboy Boot Collaboration
For country artists, cowboy boots are an essential part of their wardrobe. Sure, they rock all kinds of sparkly outfits—but the boot is the most important part! It's a great way to get a country look while also having something comfortable to wear on stage—after all, who wants to spend an entire performance in stiletto heels?
Kacey loves finding the perfect boots so much that she actually partnered with the brand Lucchese to create her very own custom pair. The dusty pink boots she crafted are sassy, playful, and super feminine—who wouldn't want a pair? We can't wait for her next collaboration.
13 She Claims To Have Seen Several UFOs
Kacey Musgraves has been open and honest about the fact that she's indulged in a few mind-altering habits over the years. So, we have to wonder about whether or not something like that was a factor when it came to her UFO sightings. However, either way, she stands by her claim—she's said before that she's seen several UFOs over the years.
We're not sure what all her thoughts on aliens and other plants are, but apparently, she believes in them enough to believe she spotted them in the night sky at some point. Crazy! We wonder if those experiences will make it into any of her songs one day.
12 She Used To Belly Dance
While Musgraves isn't afraid to work the stage and put forward an energetic show, she doesn't do a whole lot of actual dancing. After all, she usually has her guitar on stage! She's not about to bust out elaborate choreography like a pop star would. However, there is one little dancing skill that she keeps pretty quiet—she used to take belly dance classes!
We have to admit, we could have envisioned two-step, or even something like contemporary dance or ballet, but belly dance? Talk about a surprise! Maybe one day Musgraves will put together a video with a bit of an exotic feel and brush up on her belly dance skills.
11 She Was Really Into Gardening At One Point
Musgraves definitely doesn't seem like the type of girl who's afraid to get her hands dirty. Thanks to her country roots, we can totally see her setting up her forever home on a farm somewhere in the South. And, it turns out, she may have a bit of a green thumb. She's opened up before about the fact that she once had a bit of a blooming interest in gardening.
It's probably tough to tend a garden when you're constantly out on the road touring, but who knows—maybe one day she'll find a plot of land and create her own little slice of paradise.
10 Her First Car Was A 1967 Ford Mustang
Now that she's a big star, Musgraves likely gets chauffeured around a lot or whisked away on jets to her next appearance. However, back when she was just a teenager, she just needed a regular car to get her from point A to point B. While many teens want something shiny and new, Musgraves had a bit of a penchant for older vehicles.
So, her very first car ended up being a 1967 Ford Mustang. Talk about an amazing vehicle! She commented a few years back that she still actually has that car—and it seems like the perfect ride to take on a road trip!
9 She Absolutely Loves Spicy Food
Like most singers, Musgraves likely has a list of things she can and cannot eat before performances. After all, you want to make sure your voice is at its best on stage. However, when she's just ordering a meal based on what she wants most, she's definitely not afraid to sprinkle on a little extra hot sauce or get the spiciest item on the menu.
She's admitted before that she absolutely loves any kind of spicy food. It just goes to show how fearless she is—even when it comes to her food, she's not afraid to go for the boldest flavours out there!
8 She Did Her Sister's Hair And Make-Up For Her Wedding Day
Musgraves has been in the industry for quite a few years now and done a ton of red carpet events and live performances. So, she's probably picked up a lot of tricks of the trade just from having her own hair and make-up done so much. In fact, she's skilled enough that her sister Kelly tapped her to do her hair and make-up for her own wedding.
We can't think of a more adorable sister bonding activity for your special day! Obviously, Musgraves did an amazing job—she wouldn't want her sister to look anything less than flawless. Perhaps Musgraves is one of those celebrities who even does her own make-up for red carpet events!
7 She Loves Hot Tea
Musgraves seems like the kind of girl who could easily have a few drinks with you and just have a great time. However, she's a singer, and she knows that protecting her vocal cords is crucial. So, in addition to any other beverages she enjoys, she makes sure to drink a lot of hot tea.
She apparently really likes a nice cup of tea, and since there are so many blends out there, she can probably find the perfect mix for any occasion. It's probably helpful to sip some calming herbal tea after a long, busy day, or while on the tour bus heading to the next destination.
6 She's All About Glitter
When it comes to her fashion, Musgraves is pretty fearless. She's not the type of artist who picks boring dresses to wear on the red carpet. While her style can sometimes be hit or miss, she always brings something unique to the table. And, there's one particular element that she's not about to shy away from—glitter.
As she admitted to Us Magazine, she simply cannot get enough glitter. She'd be the happiest girl in the world if she could rock a look that shimmered head to toe. I mean, who doesn't love a little glitter and glam? We totally identify!
5 She Played The Flute In Middle School — And Wasn't Very Good
It's hard to think of Kacey Musgraves being anything other than amazing at anything involving music. The woman is majorly talented! She can strum a guitar like nobody's business and definitely has a musical ear. However, there was one particular instrument that she wasn't a pro at back in the day—the flute.
Musgraves was apparently a member of her middle school band, and rather than strumming the guitar, her instrument of choice was the flute—and she wasn't exactly the best at it. It just goes to show that sometimes you have to try different things before you find what's right. The flute was out, but the guitar ended up being a winner!
4 She Tries To Keep A Gluten-Free Diet
It can be hard to stay in shape when you're a musician. After all, you spend a lot of time on the road, simply sitting on the tour bus or your private jet going from destination to destination. It can sometimes be tough to find healthy dining options depending on where you are.
Musgraves looks amazing, and while she definitely is active on stage, a large part of that is due to her eating habits. She's admitted that she tries to stay gluten-free whenever possible. Given that it's more of a desired mode of eating than a necessity, it's unlikely that she has Celiac—she just likes avoiding a lot of the unhealthy foods that are packed with gluten. That's one way to make sure you're eating your fruits and vegetables!
3 She Loves Horseback Riding
Given that she's a country girl who grew up in Texas, it totally doesn't surprise us that Musgraves is comfortable on horses. After all, she probably spent a ton of time among them when she was a kid! She's used horses in music videos before and has been outspoken about the fact that she absolutely loves riding.
We can totally see her taking a vacation to a remote ranch tucked into the midwest, unwinding with some horseback riding and writing songs by the fire. Maybe one day when her schedule isn't quite as crazy she'll have a stable with a few horses on her property—she'd probably love that.
2 She's Scared Of Spiders And Alien Abductions
Most of us are afraid of a few things, and Kacey Musgraves is no different. One of her fears is a fairly common one—spiders. Even though they're small and relatively harmless, something about them just makes many people shiver.
Her second big fear, though, is a bit stranger it's alien abductions. We're not sure if it's because she's claimed to have seen UFOs before or because she's had some vivid dreams, but apparently, alien abduction is something real enough in her mind that it provokes fear. Hey, a lot of us have irrational fears—alien abduction isn't even the strangest celebrity fear we've heard!
1 She Was Born A Month Premature
Many fans will remember the opening lines to Musgraves' popular song "Slow Burn," which go "born in a hurry, always late, haven't been early since '88." It turns out, that's actually a reference to Musgraves' own life! She was born premature and was actually born on the day of her baby shower. Talk about a surprise on her mom's end!
At birth, Musgraves was a teeny tiny 4 pounds, 14 ounces. Obviously, she managed to gain some weight and became a healthy baby, but that must have been a nerve-wracking experience for her parents! It just goes to show that songwriters really do get inspiration from all sorts of sources.
Sources: Cosmopolitan, Us Magazine, Wide Open Country