Honesty comes easily for Rose Falcon -- not only in songwriting and performing but in her overall mindset.
"A lot of times people say I have no filter, and I think the hard part is not telling the truth," she explains. "Telling the truth for me is easy and second nature."
Falcon serves as one of CMT's Next Women of Country and released her five-song EP, 19th Avenue (Volume 2) Jan. 29.
The track she's most proud of writing on her current EP is "Like Crazy," a tune in which she promises, "If you're brave enough to be my man/I'll love you like crazy/Like only crazy can."
"I wrote that by myself," she reveals. "And that's one that just really came to life in the recording process, and we were able to put a string section on it that's just really gorgeous."
Her sweet delivery and vulnerabilty are front and center on track "Take Me to Memphis" as she asks her significant other to take her to his hometown. And she shows her vocal dexterity in "Carry Me Home" while singing of God's eternal love.
Though the majority of the EP consists of ballads, Falcon sounds right at home with the feisty track "You Stole My Heart," as she takes on the role of a scorned lover seeking revenge.
Born and raised in New York City, Falcon moved with her father, singer-songwriter Billy Falcon, to Nashville at the age of 10. Growing up, she says she was "always hearing a guitar" or "always hearing a song" as her father's work was surrounding her, though she says her father never pushed her to get into the industry.
"He didn't influence me in terms of ever literally saying, 'Do you want to do this?'" she says. "He just influenced me by example."
Naming Patty Loveless as her biggest country influence, Falcon's own songwriting talent was realized at the age of 12. At that time, she approached her father with a poem she'd written and asked to record a song with him.
She signed with Columbia Records at 14, then released her pop-infused self-titled debut in 2003. Falcon parted ways with Columbia in 2005 and ultimately moved back to New York for a year. And though it's her hometown, she was surprised by the results of the move.
"It was so weird because I always just assumed, 'Oh, I must fit in here. This is where I'm from,'" she says. "But to people in New York, I was a Southerner, for sure."
She continues, "Musically, it definitely wasn't for me. I couldn't find my place. I couldn't find where I felt comfortable."
So she returned to Music City.
Prior to signing with a label in 2011, remarks from Toby Keith helped guide the artist to her ultimate label home with Show Dog-Universal Music .
"[He] said he wanted to create a label where artists could succeed or fail on their own terms," she says. "And I just thought that that was so appealing -- that I was going to get to be me and that I was going to get the chance to succeed on my terms."
Falcon also gives major kudos to Show Dog-Universal president Mark Wright.
"I've always wanted to work with him. He's an incredible producer and just a cool guy," she says. "Probably one of the main reasons that I'm there is his belief in me. When you're an artist and somebody hears your songs and you can see in their eyes that they really get it, that's one of the best feelings."
The singer-songwriter's openness crosses over to her live shows as she hopes to give fans a greater understanding of her life and music.
"I think the important thing about live performances is that when you see an artist live, you learn something about them that you didn't already know from listening to their record," she says.
"I don't like it when I go see an artist and it sounds just like the record, and they don't talk between songs. If I'm going to buy a ticket to see somebody, I want to know something more. And so I try to interact with the audience, talk a little bit, tell a little bit about my songs and kind of include them in the experience."
With her heartfelt lyrics and relatable themes of the ups and downs of relationships, Falcon says she hopes to bring comfort to listeners.
"I just hope that they find a friend in my songs, and they're able to relate to what they hear in the stories that I'm telling. Because I'm telling them from my heart."