Lainey Wilson is one of the most famous names in country music today. This comes after more than a decade in Nashville and a lifetime of pursuing the dream she is now living. As one learns more about the Louisiana native, it becomes evident that luck has little to no bearing on her achievement.
When other artists comment about her, they almost invariably note her extraordinary work ethic. In the latest episode of CMT’s On the Road, Wilson demonstrates what that work ethic looks like in action.
The producer inquires about Wilson’s well-being early in the show. “I’m doing well.” “I’m tired, but I’m doing really well,” she responded. “When I feel like, ‘Man, how am I going to have the energy to get through all of these amazing things?’ I always remember when I first moved to Nashville, when I was told to keep your head down and grind it out,” she said. “It’s weird how that part of me has never really gone away. It’s as if I’m still using that part of myself to move forward.”
Wilson later mentions that she rarely has a complete day off.
Lainey Wilson Finds peace and embraces the Chaos
During the on-the-road portion, Wilson discloses that she does her own hair and cosmetics before performances. “I enjoy doing my own hair and makeup,” she explained as she sat at a vanity getting ready. “It allows me to unwind while also spending time alone. I’m constantly around people. You’re always around the band and the crew, and it’s good to simply shut yourself in the back of the bus and slap it on.”
“I’m not sure what downtime looks like right now. The truth is that we’ve been working really hard for so long. We’ve been on a rocket; that’s the only way I can explain it,” she remarked. “I believe we are seeing a payoff. My team has been working extremely hard, as has my band and everyone else, particularly those on the road, during the previous few years. They have made significant sacrifices to be here to see my aspirations come true, as well as their own.
Wilson is always grinding and weary. However, she is grateful for every moment of it. She said, “I always remember a point in my life when I wished I was busy. I wished people would notice me or my music, and I prayed for opportunities.
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