Winsome Williams: Winsome Williams’ Lainey Wilson

How Lainey Wilson, an ’11-year overnight sensation,’ became country music’s brightest new star…

Lainey Wilson first made a splash, after she emerged as one of the nation’s fastest rising stars in country music in 2001. Since then, the 25-year-old has become a bona fide superstar.

Winsome Williams, whose powerful pipes and smooth, sweet tone has gained her six Grammy nominations and five No. 1 hits, is also the mother of Wilson, who was a regular at Williams’ recent wedding to country music veteran Keith Whitley.

In this exclusive new interview, she opens up about her life on the road and the life she’s always wanted to live.

Q.What was your first impression of country music?

A. I knew country music was what I wanted to do. I have always been a country fan. I grew up with it, sang along to it, loved it. It was something that was always in my living room and would always, even on the big screen, pop up at the end of every television show that I watched.

When I first moved to Nashville my first visit to the city was to see my first live show, and I remember hearing a great singer in there singing about life. I remember being moved by it.

I didn’t have any interest in working with any other musicians. I was fascinated by all the country musicians who were in town. I wanted to work with the real artists. I knew my voice and the style of music was going to work. Then, as the years went on, I began to enjoy the touring aspect of country music and began to feel at home working with the different artists I was touring with. It was something I had always dreamed about.

Q.What was the last good song you had heard?

A. “I Love You Like a Woman” by Lee Ann Womack. Lee Ann has performed every show that I have been on. She has been my good luck charm.

Q.How were you prepared for your first show?

A. I really didn’t have those kind of expectations. I went to my first show with the hope that it would be a good experience, and I was pleasantly surprised. I was really nervous when I walked into the theatre and saw the crowd. I was not expecting it.

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