With an abundance of energy and talents that span an endless spectrum, it’s no surprise that country recording artist, songwriter, and radio host Lindsay Lawler has the support of so many, both within and outside of the music industry. A performer in the truest sense of the word, the Texas by way of Oklahoma native’s innate creative abilities and work ethic to match have made her a standout amongst a sea of artists chasing the Music City dream. Talents aside, Lawler’s sincere recognition and promotion of those doing good in the world – especially in the trucking industry and military – further sets her aside as an artist with a keen sense of her platform and responsibility to use it for good.
Having spent several years as a performer in Los Angeles, Lawler began her official pursuit of a career in country music by moving her act to Nashville in 2007. During her first two years in Music City she was a staple performer at the world famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Broadway. Shortly thereafter, she met Warner Chapel Nashville writer Chris Roberts, with whom she immediately developed a strong working relationship and deep-seated creative connection.
But it was in 2010 that her musical focus was forever impacted. Lawler’s commanding stage presence and powerhouse vocals caught the attention of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) during her performance at Dallas’s Great American Trucking Show and, from there, a partnership was quickly formed. Shortly thereafter, Lawler – along with Roberts – penned single Highway Angel as a tribute to TCA’s Highway Angel program (of which she is the official spokesperson) and the men and women of trucking that have participated in heroic acts on the road. She also wrote The Long Haul in honor of Women In Trucking, as well as He Loves the Road as a tribute to former TCA chairman and Fikes Truck Line owner Gary Salisbury.
In 2012, Lawler signed on with Renegade Radio Nashville as a radio host to two shows – On The Road to Nashville, geared toward truckers and featuring Highway Angel stories and interviews, trucking industry celebrities and professionals, driver requests, and live music segments; as well as The Road to Music Row, a show co-hosted by Curb Records Vice President Taylor Childress that provides an in-depth discussion of music industry-related topics. She also entered a songwriting contest for the next U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree theme song, beating out hundreds of other entrants for the honor. The win took Lawler, along with Roberts, to the U.S. Capitol’s West Front Lawn to perform the single – “Standing Tall” – during the tree lighting ceremony, which aired on CSPAN. Shortly after this performance, she was called back to Washington D.C. – this time to sing for 20,000 volunteers at Wreath’s Across America’s Wreath Placement Ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery.
Despite an already demanding schedule, Lawler has no plans to slow down. After a successful 25-stop run as headliner for the first ever Highway Angel Truck Stop Tour in 2013, she’ll be heading out again on that same TCA and TravelCenters of America-sponsored tour later this month. She’s also working on material for her new album with producer Roberts, set to release later this year. Her freshman album Train Wreck and EP The Long Haul can be found on iTunes.