Lainey Wilson Talks New Album “Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin'”

Kat Harlton

Lainey Wilson left her small farming community in a camper trailer to chase her dreams and has been carving her own unique place in the country music landscape ever since. Creating a sound and style all her own with “Bell Bottom Country,” which blends traditional Country with a modern yet retro flare, Lainey is a fresh, fierce voice in Nashville. A prolific writer (having co-writer credits on songs by artists including Luke Combs), Lainey shares her feelings, stories, experiences and understandings through her music. 

Lainey recently released her new album “Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’“, produced by GRAMMY Award-winning mastermind Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Miranda Lambert), and we had the opportunity to chat with her about the inspiration behind it, her creative process and what’s next.

Kat: Can you talk about the inspiration behind your latest album “Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin'”?

Lainey: My record “Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’” is true to my core. It’s who I am, what I wanna say, and how I wanna say it. The inspiration for the whole project comes from choosing to be unapologetically myself and not taking myself too seriously. 

Kat: What do you hope fans take from the album?

Lainey: I hope people can turn on this record and feel accepted, understood, and be reminded that being honest sets you free… whether it’s with yourself or the people around you.

Kat: What do you find is the most challenging part of your creative process?

Lainey: The most challenging part of my creative process would have to be choosing which songs to actually record and put out. I write almost daily, which gives me a whole lot to choose from. But the ones I record are the ones I feel like most people are going to be able to connect to and the ones that are the most real to me and my story. 

Kat: What has been a career highlight for you so far? What have you learned along the way?

Lainey: A career highlight for me so far would be putting out my first record underneath a major label. This body of work and the work that went into the release symbolizes the blood, sweat, and tears I have put in for years just to get to this point. But the bigger career highlight has been watching how people are connecting and relating to each song. 

Kat: What’s next?

Lainey: I am going to continue putting my blinders on and keeping my head down. I’ve always been grateful of every opportunity I’ve been given but I also have the mentality of “onward and upward.” I will continue writing music and trying to perfect the gift the good Lord gave me. And hopefully playing lots of shows here soon! 

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