I do appreciate every single dollar I earn.

I'm an outdoors girl - I like to go fishing, riding four-wheelers, hunting.

A lot of people tell me, once they get to know me, that they're surprised that I'm nothing like they think I'll be.

I kicked the door open, and I'm gonna hold my leg in there. I'm keeping the door open for all these amazing female singer-songwriters that are coming out.

After trying Atkins and doing Nutrisystem a few times, now I'm just focused on maintaining a healthy lifestyle rather than dieting.

I'd love to get played on the radio, but it just doesn't happen.

I'm a lifetime member of the NRA.

I started writing songs at 17.

I really feel every word to every song a lot more than I have in the past.

My parents are private investigators for God's sake.

In a way, I had such a normal life. But in another way, I saw things most kids don't see.

If you don't stand for something, how can anyone respect what you do?

You have a career, and you start as a business person. And you work your way, you reach this peak, and you know the time's going to come when you go back down.

Yeah, I have a tough-girl image.

I can reach the mass audience if I come from different perspectives on every song.

I do write a lot from personal experience, but I also embellish a bit.

It's OK to have a little bit of curve.

I'm married to my best friend!

I sucked in school.

My family is awesome.

Right now it seems like the girls are drawing more attention to country music.

Heartbreak is good fuel for country songs. And cheating.

I'm wide open and raw emotionally to the crowd.

I've been on big tours ever since I started, but you can't just go out there and headline, you have to do it right.

People naturally change a lot during their 20s, so my songs reflect that progression.

Country music has always sort of been country music.

I think it's awesome to see people of all different ages from all kinds of backgrounds come together for the love of music.

I think I find new idols every day - someone that says something really inspiring, is successful, has character.

Long intros are cool because there's a little bit of anticipation, you know?

When I'm touring, I have to think of workouts that don't require a gym.

I don't really like vegetables. But I'll eat them.

I'm not a girl anymore.

The road is hard, and you have to get accustomed to it.

I got my first handgun license when I was 22.

I just am who I am.

Junk food drags you down.

My weight always fluctuates by 10 pounds.

Marriage is gonna be your stability through everything.

My music is about being strong, even in your vulnerability.

I try not to get too ahead of myself. I try to be happy where I am.

I have a pretty good ear.

I have seven rescue dogs.

I was always suspicious and looking over my shoulder because that's how I was raised.

People see me as someone who doesn't take any crap from anyone - which I don't - but it's my shtick, and I obviously don't act like that all the time.

I didn't go to parties or anything like that.

I'm country through and through.

Yeah, I try to be the best example I can be for young girls just as far as my person goes - just to uphold a good image.

I didn't do that many crazy things.

My mom always says I cut my teeth on the church pew.