The one thing I wish these girls that come to my shows knew is that they are exactly where I was when I was a teenager. I had no idea who I was! I was going through all these phases. I was trying on different outfits and all these different personalities, trying to figure out what category I fit into, and which clique I would be accepted in. But if you just keep doing ‘you’, and being who you are and doing what feels natural to you, maybe you won’t find a place where you fit in for a very long time, but you eventually will.
This time around I’ve chosen the brave and bold way of going about things. Because with this album I’ve completely changed the sound of everything I’ve done until now. So it’s interesting to not be afraid of that. You know, I don’t want to hurt people’s feelings, I don’t want to betray Nashville, whatever, but essentially it comes down to challenging yourself as an artist.
Well I’ve just decided to go for it because that was the gut feeling I got, that was what my intuition was telling me. As a songwriter, I try to stay really open to intuition and inspiration and impulses. I knew I had to make this album the way it has turned out. I knew I wanted it to be different than every album that I’ve done before and out of respect for the country music community who I love and adore, I felt it was best to just be honest with them about what the album was and just be very very truthful about the fact that it is a pop album.
I think that everybody should just follow their heart and do their artistic best, and just enjoy their creativity. [Taylor]’s a singer-songwriter-performer, she does it all … the world is her oyster. She’s young and she needs to just do whatever she’s having fun at and I think everybody’s loving it.