“I always say that Nashville Star saved me from five more years in the honky-tonks. But I was still scared to death to sign that recording contract. I was afraid they’d change me. I was worried they’d take my songs that didn’t sound like anyone else’s and produce them just like the next record down the street. I did not want it to be the typical Nashville record. I have my own
style. I want to be my own person. There are a million blonde chicks who can sing. I’ve always wanted to be different. We had a meeting. All the Sony people were there. I sat down at the head of the table, crossed my hands and said, ‘OK, this is who I am.’ And I just laid it out. ‘I’m from Texas. I write my own stuff. I have something to say. I’ll never dance around on stage in a
halter-top. I will always play my guitar. Now, if I can’t make a record that reflects me honestly, I’d rather just go home and play in Texas like I was. So please tell me now if you’re going to be bossing me around.’”
She said Sony told her, “You go make your record,” and left her alone.
“I don’t want my music to be taken as something you just hum along with. No matter what I’m singing, I want to say something that makes people think. I want people to hear my songs and feel something. I want to be appreciated as someone whose music is real. I want to be thought of as a true artist, not just as an ‘entertainer.’”