Marilyn Monroe never sold a platinum album. And more people know my music than what I look like.

Dysphonia is not a singing problem. It's a voice box issue in the muscle on the voice, very different from having a nodule on the vocal cords, which I've never had. I'm lucky that I've never had that. It needs a long renewal time, and even today, I am still addressing it.

I'm always soul searching on a spiritual level.

Music is a great natural high and a great natural escape.

I don't want my body to be a distraction from my talent or my brain.

For a good 10 to 12 years, I was working non-stop and I wasn't really enjoying my success.

You don't want to be outside during blackfly season.

Country music is still your grandpa's music, but it's also your daughter's music. It's getting bigger and better all the time and I'm glad to be a part of it.

It's really such a personal journey, making a record, but even more so writing the songs.

I'm not someone who is glamorous all the time.

Coming from where I came from, it was unimaginable to ever be wealthy. That was just too far out of my reach.

I'd like to see the Olympics live. I've only watched it on television.

Suffering does not discriminate.

I didn't have a choice growing up but to be more insecure because others had more.

It was just like a dream. I could have ended up with an album that's not all that different from anything else coming out of Nashville. Mutt made the difference. He took these songs, my attitude, my creativity, and colored them in a way that is unique.

I want to talk to people that have been through big disappointments, big emotional crises, deep life struggles, and I will learn something from that.

There were moments when I really just thought, I don't need anything and I don't need anyone. I just want to go away and disappear.

I find that the very things that I get criticized for, which is usually being different and just doing my own thing and just being original, is the very thing that's making me successful.

I won't lie, I've had a lot of discouraging moments in the past years, moments I wasn't sure about things and doubted myself.

Now that I have and I'm not a have-not, I've learned how important it is to maintain humility.

If my clothing does stand out, then I guess it's a compliment, but I just wear whatever feels comfortable.

Being betrayed is one of the most valuable lessons life can teach.

I'm never at my best on television. There's a row of cameras between you and the audience, and it's very weird, very confusing.

I enjoy sports in person.

It's very hard to be honest with yourself when something's just not working.

Without a doubt, the best way to get to know me is through my music.

I want to be successful, but I don't really have what it takes to do it comfortably.

If I hadn't had a childhood career, I probably would've signed a contract with the first person I came across.

My father was a beautiful man.

I do not see my family life in any way, shape, or form as an opportunity for a photo.

I temporarily lost my hope in love, and it was temporary, thank goodness.

I was in a very deep, dark slump, and I needed to find a way to get myself out of it. I had to force myself back out into life, back out into experiencing things.

I don't want someone photographing my cellulite - I can't take it!

The red-carpet spotlight is a little bit more nerve-racking when you haven't been doing it all the time.

Putting a stamp on things just helps you say, 'Hey, yesterday I was there, and today I'm here.' It's another step forward, and it feels like another turning point and an unleashing of creativity, and now I'm going to start focusing on the show and the production, the fun stuff that comes with it.

I have two fathers.

Yes, you can lose somebody overnight, yes, your whole life can be turned upside down. Life is short. It can come and go like a feather in the wind.

I love the role that men play in our lives.

I certainly could've gone off track many, many times in my youth.

I have my own opinions, but my songs don't share them.

Horses calm me. I love being around them. They smell great, they are beautiful to look at, they are loving, demanding, temperamental, and they settle you.

I like being at home and cooking.

All I ever intended was to make a living at what I do. Everything I've achieved since then is above and beyond.

I lost my sense of trust, honesty and compassion. I crashed down and became what I consider an emotional mess. I've never been so miserable in my whole life. I just wanted to go to bed and never get up.

My fears and anxieties throughout my whole life have been slowly squeezing my voice.

My voice is stronger today than ever.

My life revolves around my child's routine.

I was not naturally meant to be on stage. I hated being in the spotlight; I was scared.

My music must reflect whatever's going on in my mind, and my life needs to evolve for me to discover who it is I'm becoming.