For a little while during college, I was living in Nashville. I got absorbed into the country music scene. I was obsessed with going to see the underground singers/bands, dancing the night away, and meeting new people. I would stay out until 5am and sleep until 2pm, and then do it all again. It became a lifestyle and not a very healthy one.
My friend started interning at Sony Productions, then we had an in to all the hottest places and events. I’ve been to Florida Georgia Line’s premier party, in Carrie Underwood’s dressing room, and have sang on stage with Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum at a local bar. I was living the life!
My favorite memory was when one of my girlfriends was dating a band member from Brantley Gilbert. Oh boy was that a nightmare, but we have so much! On a night after one of their concerts, we went to a hotel party and the band members trashed the room. Brantley was not there, FYI. But it was insane and they didn’t even get into trouble for being loud or punching holes into the walls. I have never experienced anything like it before. It was awesome!
It was awesome until I found out how these people were able to live these kinds of lives. After the above night, I was at another premier party and I saw a very famous female artist in the bathroom doing a line of coke off of the counter. I grabbed her hand and asked her what in the hell she was doing. She looked at me and started crying and said “I have to stay up. I need to be on top.” I was like “Honey, no you don’t! Who told you that you needed to do this?!” Then she got angry and walked out. I was kicked out of the party about 5 minutes later.
I was appalled. This is country music! It’s all back woods, boots, and first loves…right?!? I’m not saying that this situation happened with any of the performers I mentioned above, but there is an uglier side the music industry that people do not see. As hurt as I was that one of my favorite singers did this, I’m glad it happened because it made stop obsessing about this kind of fake life that nobody should live or want for that matter! Not all singers are like this but with my experience, there are some out there. It’s heartbreaking!
I still love country music but I just know the struggle that goes behind the fame!
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