When a song connects with people, it has the potential to take on a second life.
Lacy Wolfe has made connecting with her listeners her mission with her music. Drawing from personal experiences, Wolfe is already hearing the effect her debut single “When They Lay Me Down” is having on listeners.
As she continues to forge along her musical path, hear from Lacy about her influences, the inspiration behind “When They Lay Me Down,” singing at The Ryman and with Connie Smith, and more!
Pro Country: Who are some of your biggest musical influences that have shaped your sound?
Lacy Wolfe: Patsy Cline, of course! [laughs]. It’s hard to pick just a few. I would say Martina McBride was a big musical influence for me. My mother would probably be the most influential though. She sang; and still does, and sometimes we wouldn’t always see eye to eye, but somehow, she taught me so much.
PC: You got involved in music and started performing at a very young age. What was it about music that connected with you so early in your life?
LW: My Mama’s singing is what influenced me the most. When I was two or three years old, I remember being taught to sing “Great Balls Of Fire,” on the karaoke machine. I don’t remember a time that wasn’t exposed to music, especially the classics. My grandfather also loved music, and he influenced me to continue it as a career.
PC: When did you realize that you wanted to pursue music as a career?
LW: Oh gosh! [laughs]. What is so funny is when I was 19, I actually decided that music was so not rational, so I went to college, and then I worked. The ironic thing about all of this is I ended up quitting my job to pursue music a few years later. I guess when your love for something is so strong, it’s hard to walk away from it, but given a few years of break, I was right back at it, so I guess I’ve wanted this for as long as I can remember.
PC: What emotions were you feeling as you were preparing to release music for the first time with “When They Lay Me Down”?
LW: Wow. I was nervous, excited, and scared. Writing is an outlet for me. When I get overwhelmed, I write. Imagine everyone reading your diary and you will get an idea of what those emotions are like [laughs].
PC: “When They Lay Me Down” is a powerful song with an equally powerful vocal. Can you talk about the inspiration behind the song?
LW: I have actually never spoken about this, but I had just been through a 30 day treatment. I’m far from dying, but those things really put life into perspective for us, and I wrote that as something to leave behind for my family. It is truly my heart, and I am so thankful that it touched so many people.
PC: What do you hope listeners take away from “When They Lay Me Down” after listening?
LW: I hope that they find peace. Hope and peace for others is the true mission of my music.
PC: You recently released an acoustic video for a new song called “Damn I Don’t Feel.” What does that song mean to you?
LW: I can’t seem to write anything but sad songs lately! [laughs]. Which is so funny because I’ve been asked to write upbeat songs recently. “Damn I Don’t Feel” is exactly how I felt that day. My husband was gone, and we hadn’t ever been away from each other. For anyone with a travelling husband, I think that song would speak to them
PC: You have sang at The Ryman Auditorium. How did that opportunity come to you, and what was that moment like for you?
LW: I have actually made many connections along the way. When I sang at the Ryman, it was for a Sunday morning event. I was very young, and I was still amazed by it all, but as I get older, I realize the honor it really was. I was a very energetic child. I think I visited everyone’s dressing rooms that day and hung out with them, whether they asked me to or not [laughs].
PC: You’ve been on stage with and received praise from artists such as Connie Smith, Jeanie Kendall, Margo Smith, and Lulu Roman. What can you take away from sharing the stage with artists of that caliber, and what does their praise mean to you?
LW: It means the world to me! Lulu would be the only one I’ve gotten feedback from, but I have shared the stage with the others. I was in a chorale doing backups for Connie Smith as she sang “How Great Thou Art.” I think one of the Jordnaires was leading us. He kept trying to cut me off, but I had my eyes closed, and I was just singing with Connie! [laughs]. To have been on stage with any of those people is still, and always will be an honor.
PC: What are your plans for the rest of 2019 and beyond?
LW: My plan is to keep working at it. Keep pressing on. I love that people have loved my music, because I get to connect with them. That is my favorite part.
PC: Is there anything you’d like to add?
LW: My goal, with everything that I do is to encourage, connect, and love others, and do what is best for my family. It is an honor to receive all of these great honors, but the biggest honor is the person that follows my music. I am humbled by every experience and everyone.
*Images courtesy of Lacy Wolfe*
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