Lainey Wilson Discusses Success, Self-Confidence, and “This Generation of Country Music”

Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.

Lainey Wilson: “The truth is… I knew this would happen. I knew it with every fiber of my being. And that sounds wild, but it’s true.”


Lainey Wilson has undeniably become one of country music’s biggest success stories in 2023. Going into the recent 57th CMA Awards as the night’s leading nominee, she emerged as the evening’s top winner, securing five wins, including the prestigious Entertainer of the Year award. Wilson, who had a successful acting stint on “Yellowstone” and spent the summer opening stadium shows for Luke Combs, recognizes that all eyes are on her now, and she doesn’t take her place in the spotlight lightly – or for granted.

“I think that we are in a very pivotal time right now in country music,” Wilson expressed. “I’m very proud to be a part of this generation of country music. You’ve got Jelly Roll, you got Morgan, you got Hardy, you got Luke Combs. You’ve got folks like Ashley McBryde and Kelsea Ballerini, and they all look different. They all sound different. They all have different stories. They all come from different places. And I think it’s really important for that to be a thing because there’s a lot of different kinds of people in the world who need to hear all the different stories.”

Wilson aspires that her commitment to authenticity, her unique sound, style, and roots will inspire others to stay true to themselves.

“Don’t let anybody tell you no,” she asserted. “At the end of the day, it is all about timing. I’ve been in (Nashville) for 12 ½ years, but I didn’t start working on this 12 ½ years ago. I started working when I was nine years old, and that is the truth. I’m hoping that I can show folks, ‘Hey, you know what? Blood, sweat, and tears, elbow grease, and faith will take you as far as you want it to go.”

Wilson, known for living in a camper trailer for years before finding success in the music industry, reflects on those times, emphasizing the importance of manifesting her future, relentlessly pursuing her place in the country music business, and above all, believing in herself.

“I feel like sometimes you’ve got to pretend,” she shared. “You’ve got to put yourself into the shoes of things that you’re not. So, one day, you can become what you want to be and what you knew that you could be. The truth is … I knew this would happen. I knew it with every fiber of my being. And that sounds wild, but it’s true. I think a lot of people around me, my mom and my daddy especially, they knew it, too. I’ve always had kind of a weird sense of peace about it, but I do feel like I’m right where I’m supposed to be.”

Wilson recently achieved her fifth consecutive No. 1 song with “Watermelon Moonshine.” Her latest single, “Wildflowers and Wild Horses,” is now available.

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