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How The Stars Aligned For Kacey Musgraves

In the making of her award-winning album Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves met the love of her life, her husband Ruston Kelly.

Kacey told Glamour that while taking a year off to focus on creating, it lead her to the fateful night she met her future husband at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe. When she heard him play, she was blown away, “His songs made me really emotional. I thought, This guy's really clever, whoever he is."

The two started talking, and a few months later, he came over to her house to write. She said, “And then it was ‘That’s all she wrote.’ Pun intended. Everything was right. I didn't have to shift any part of my personality to make it fit together, which isn’t really something I've had before.”

Musgraves continued, “If I wouldn't have blocked off time to get off the road and try to create a new album and have the time to explore creatively, it makes me wonder if I would have met him. It was perfect timing.”

Meanwhile, a solar eclipse had happened on her twenty-ninth birthday while she was making the album. Kacey said, “I spent my birthday looking up into the sky. It just felt very celestial. All of it. That whole time period was a big opening of heart for me. I started to see the world in a more fond, pretty light. After meeting this person who really allows me to just be myself, not have to walk on eggshells for any reason, songs started pouring out.”

“People are just looking for something to connect with,” she says. “We're all made of the same emotions. It doesn't matter where you're from or what you have your station set to. I feel like if I just stick to what makes me feel something, then it's ultimately going to result in connection with people. I mean, that's the whole point of writing.”

“I really admire songwriting where you’re getting an aerial view on the situation, versus having your magnifying glass out, which is what I tend to do,” she explains. “I was craving something different. If a painter used the exact same medium every time, they would probably get so bored.”

-Nancy Brooks