Lucy Hale on Her Country Album and the Future of 'Pretty Little Liars'

PARADE Published: December 18, 2012
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Lucy Hale is full of surprises.

The Pretty Little Liars actress isn't just cutting an album, she's cutting a country album! "There were a lot of heads turning when people found out I was doing music and when they found out it was country, there were like, 'what?' I was born in the south and [country] was what I was born and bred on," she explained to PARADE.

"It's what I listen to now and I actually started out in music [she competed on American Juniors in 2003] before acting. Some of the harder core fans know the back story but most people don't know that about me. I was sort of in denial about doing country for awhile but I sort of grew up and realized who I was, what I wanted to say. I think country music is the best music in the world and I'm glad to be doing a country album. I hope people will love it as much as I loved making it."

For the holidays, Hale has been focusing on another project: a partnership with Duracell for their Power Holiday Smiles Campaign.
"If you enter in a sweepstakes to win toys for yourself, Duracell donates a battery for Toys for Tots to power the toys they're giving kids," she said. Sign up on Duracell's Facebook page (click here) to do your part and enter for a chance to win the hottest holiday gifts!

"I was lucky enough to grow up in a home where I woke up Christmas morning and had toys. I know that's not the case with all people and I don't think kids should go without experiencing that sort of joy."

Read on for more about her album and the future of Pretty Little Liars:

On her country album.

"There were a lot of heads turning when people found out I was doing music and when they found out it was country, there were like, 'what?' I was born in the south and [country] was what I was born and bred on. It's what I listen to now and I actually started out in music [she competed on American Juniors in 2003] before acting. Some of the harder core fans know the back story but most people don't know that about me. I was sort of in denial about doing country for awhile but I sort of grew up and realized who I was, what I wanted to say. I think country music is the best music in the world and I'm glad to be doing a country album. I hope people will love it as much as I loved making it."

On how personal she'll get.
"I'm 23 and I feel like I've really lived a full life. Just in general, you only get one first album and that sort of sets the tone for what I hope will be a really long-term career. This is my main passion and we're trying to make sure we take the right steps. I've experienced love, heartbreak, frustration, been told 'no' and all these different elements. We touch base on a lot of things. Overall the album is lyrically edgier and sassier than I thought it was going to be.

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