OFFSTAGE: Country Stars Resolve to Collaborate and Get Comfortable

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Country stars are just like us. And they’re not perfect. We all want to make changes for the better in the year ahead, set new goals for ourselves and think big. Big big, not just lose-five-pounds or overcome-PiperLime-addiction resolutions. So here is what the stars are resolving to do in 2012, according to The Associated Press:

Taylor Swift: “I think my goal for the next couple of years would be to make departures in little ways and do things a little differently, try to maintain a balance between always providing your fans with what they’ve always liked from you and continuing to write all my own songs, but I’d love to make collaborations in different directions that aren’t exactly expected.”

Brad Paisley: “I have a career that’s on a bit of autopilot in the sense that I feel I can rest easy a little bit more. … I don’t feel that people are just going to leave me. They’re not going to just move on. We do well, and it’s a great feeling. I guess I’ve just learned to be a little more comfortable with who I am.”

Miranda Lambert: “I’d love to actually write a song that was nominated for song of the year. That would be a huge thing to me. Eventually over the next five years, I’d maybe like to win entertainer of the year — when I’ve earned it.”

Lady Antebellum‘s Dave Haywood: “Next year, we’ve got a pretty heavy touring schedule, but we’ve learned this fall how to balance that, how to have a good time at home. All of us are good and cognizant about having our loved ones out with us when we can and being able to get home when we can. So I think continuing to find the balance, which is where we get our inspiration and where our songs come from, in this personal life.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.