Lucy Hale doesn't kiss and tell in country debut

Lucy Hale’s fans may be clamoring to know whom she’s singing about in her upbeat Kiss Me or her breakup anthem Goodbye Gone, but the actress isn’t spilling all her secrets in her debut album.

“I’ll never reveal what it’s about,” Hale said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. “I mean some of it is a little bit obvious, at least obvious to the people that know me the best.”

Hale is best known for playing Aria Montgomery on ABC Family’s popular teen drama Pretty Little Liars.

The Memphis native described her just released pop-country album, Road Between, as “modernized Shania [Twain].”

Singing feels more scary and vulnerable than acting, but in the end, she found the two-year recording process therapeutic.

“The biggest breakthrough you have to make is to be willing to go to those places and to be open about it,” Hale said. “Throughout the whole process I realized, ‘Wow, I really bottle emotions. Like this is good to sing about it. Yeah, scream it!’ ”

Hale wanted to be hands-on with the project, so she learned to play guitar and tried her hand at songwriting. She co-wrote one track, Just Another Song, and made sure she felt a personal connection to rest.

“It’s all stuff that I’ve gone through. I knew that if I’m singing someone else’s words it has to be 100 percent something that I felt before.”

Hale will fulfill another dream when she performs Saturday at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Her mother, Julie Knight, always had high hopes for her ambitious daughter.

“We never really had a back-up plan,” Knight told The Tennessean before the big day. “She’s never gone to college. The whole time it was never spoken what we would do if it didn’t work. We always knew that somehow we were doing the right thing.”

“I know a lot of our friends probably thought we were crazy, but it worked out for Lucy getting to do what she loved. It was a long, winding road to the record deal, but now she is 25 and has something to say and something to sing about.”

Hale’s first love has always been music, and she hopes to continue juggling singing and acting like one of her idols, Tim McGraw.\

“He’s still selling out arenas, but he’s doing great movies like The Blind Side and Country Strong, and he’s got a beautiful wife and kids and has all these beautiful homes,” she says of the double-threat superstar. “So if I could like somehow find a small percentage of what he’s done that would be cool.”