Kacey Musgraves Talks “Merry Go ‘Round”

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Country singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves is stirring things up at radio with “Merry Go ‘Round,” the first single from her upcoming debut album. The song was co-written with Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally — the album, due out in 2013, was co-produced by Kacey, McAnally and Luke Laird.

Musgraves, who began writing at the age of 9, has already had cuts by Miranda Lambert (“Mama’s Broken Heart”) and Martina McBride.

“We all grow up with expectations of breaking the cycle of life as we know it, trying to appear as if all is perfect under the surface, Musgraves tells American Songwriter about “Merry Go ‘Round.” “Coming from a small, conservative Texas town I’ve grown up with this. We’re all guilty of having something that keeps us distracted — no matter the vice. Our comfort zones make us settle and I think there’s hope in knowing that everyone has felt this way.”

“This was one of the fastest songs I’ve ever written,” she adds. “Once we wrapped our brains around the idea, the song kind of seemed to write itself.”

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