Kacey Musgraves knew she wanted to be a singer-songwriter when she was just a little girl. She penned her first song at the age of nine. After competing in talent shows in East Texas as a teen, she landed a spot on the televised singing competition Nashville Star in 2007. Although she didn’t win, she went on to write and perform some of the most popular songs in country music today. She is known for her free spirit and her willingness to sing about topics that many country artists find too risky. When people tell her that she should change, she sticks to her guns—and makes sure that the world of country music includes songs about real life.