We had the good fortune of connecting with Lacy Jo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lacy Jo, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I grew up in a ranching and farming family in Hudson, CO. Growing up in a small ag community you would naturally think I wanted to be a country singer but when I started pursing music I wasn’t sure what genre I wanted to sing. All I knew was I wanted to sing so I started exploring. But I eventually learned you can take the girl out of the country but you cant take the country out of the girl. Country music is where I fit, its home because its my roots.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Honestly, I never intended to become a singer/songwriter. It was just where life led me. It was never easy, I had to spend a lot of time playing a lot of shows where I felt like people didn’t believe in what I was doing. But I kept pushing through and God kept opening doors for me that I can’t really explain. One thing I’ve always tried to do in my career is be honest about who I am and where I’m at. I think there are many of artists that feel like they need to be more than who they are but the truth is who they are is enough and who they are is what people need to see. That’s all I want to be. I want to be exactly who I am and where I’m at. I believe God has given me a platform to encourage people but I can’t do that being someone that I’m not. So on stage I talk about my struggles I talk about my battles I talk about things that a lot of people want to cover up but there’s no point in covering it up for me. My favorite shows are the shows when people come up to me and they say “hey you said this on stage and I relate…”. I love when I get to talk to people after the shows and I get to encourage them that it’s OK to hurt and it’s OK to go through battles. I would probably say that’s my mission behind my music, I just want to say to people that I also have been through the bad and good. I want people to feel like they are not alone and that somebody does care.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend come into town for a week here are all the things in a list I would want to do.
– First I would drive to the eastern plains to my neck of the woods, eat breakfast at the Pepper Pod in Hudson.
– Then head to the family ranch to ride horses
– Eat at La Loma in Denver, then walk over to the Brown Palace and explore
– Take them to Red Rocks for a morning hike
– Estes Park to see the Elk and get taffy
– Fort Collins for a drive in movie at Holiday Twin.
– If it was summer we would go tube the Poudre River
– But if it was winter we would go to Fraser Tubing Hill
There are many other things I would want to do but such little time.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shout out to Dr. Scott Martin my vocal coach. He passed away in March but he was everything to me. I have worked with him for over 10 years and he was one person in my life that truly believed in me and what I feel called to do with music. He was more than a vocal coach, he was family. Doc was there for me for everything from my first show, to listening to me cry about my break ups, to holding my hand through health issues to my wedding. I love him beyond words and I owe so much of my success to him.
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