'Pretty Little Liars' Star Lucy Hale 'Bringing the Shania Twain Thing Back' With Her Debut Album (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)
Although best known as the actress behind Aria Montgomery on the ABC Family hit series, Hale will soon turn singer: she's set to drop her debut album next summer with Hollywood Records, the label that's helmed hitmakers like Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato. But Hale won't follow her contemporaries' footsteps with straight pop music; instead, her record — which she's partly co-writing with Sugarland's Kristian Bush — will be a lil' bit country.
"I’m influenced by people who are on the radio now, like Lady Antebellum, the Civil Wars and Taylor Swift," Hale told Celebuzz at Duracell and Toys for Tots' "Power Holiday Smiles" campaign kick-off.
But Hale draws inspiration from beyond the current Billboard charts, too. "I love Martina McBride and Faith Hill," Hale added. "But [I'm] sort of bringing the Shania Twain thing back a little in my sound on some of the songs. You know, I grew up with her and her album is still one of my favorites, the Come On Over album."
Though she's stepping into the recording studio, Hale has no plans to bid farewell to her acting career. "I want to be one of the different people who can do both and be successful in both," she gushed. "So I’m sort of aiming for that. I’m wishing for the best. Music is definitely my first love and will always be my first love. Absolutely."
But Hale, 23, is expecting far fewer gifts under her tree come Christmas. "My family and I have this thing where we’re only going to ask for one thing this year, ‘cause usually we get each other lots of different things," she said. What's the one item on her wish list? "A juicer," Hale said with a smile. "I want...to get on that health kick that everyone’s on."