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Laci Kaye Booth Isn't "The Loneliest Girl In The World" Anymore, Prepares To Release Debut Album

Laci Kaye Booth: "I think this is a project for people who have a hard time with their feelings."

Early last year, leading up to the CMT Music Awards, Laci Kaye Booth was so let down by her Nashville experience that she considered moving back home to Texas.

She grew up in a trailer park in Livingston, and even that sounded better than the rejection she felt coming out of Music City.

In October of 2022, the American Idol alum revealed on TikTok that she was embarrassed to say she had been dropped by her record label, 19 Recordings/ Big Machine Label Group. She said she took a month off and recorded several songs she planned to release as a solo artist. 

"I just wanted to say that I have been going through some failures lately, what I feel like is a failure, and I created something good out of it," Booth said." And if anybody else is going through the same thing, there's always going to be blessings and good around every corner, and I pray that on you."

The songs she recorded that month became her debut full-length album and won her multiple record deal offers. She settled on California-based Geffen Records, which will help her release that project—"The Loneliest Girl In The World"—on Friday.

"It's very much an introduction to who I really am," said Booth, one of CMT's Next Women of Country. Some of the songs are four years old, and she thinks she's grown as a songwriter since she wrote them. But she's proud of every single one. 

"I called this album 'The Loneliest Girl in the World' because there's so much lonesome within these songs," she said. "I think this is a project for people who have a hard time with their feelings. And I hope I've created a world where people can feel and be okay with and sit in their feelings."

Booth considers her producer, Ben West, her champion. West was so dedicated to the project that he wanted to keep going even after she lost her record deal. The singer was so broke that she had to get a loan to pay rent. She didn't feel like Nashville believed in her anymore, but West kept pushing. 

"He said, 'Laci, I don't care if I never make money off of this. I don't care that you don't have money for me right now, but I want to make this project with you,'" she said, explaining that if she talked about it too much, she'd start crying. "That man is the best person on earth. We made a project during probably one of the worst times of my life."

The project kept her in Nashville, which is why she signed her new record deal and what allowed her to relaunch her career. 

"Cigarettes" is the first song she and West wrote for the album. She told West she'd never written a song about her life story and that "it sure ain't a highlight reel." West played therapist during the writing session and coaxed the story out of her. 

"I really wanted to connect all of the times where I felt like I failed in life," she said. "I think we did that."

 Lyrics include: The same champagne they bought me, I popped it when they dropped me.

When she wrote the song, the break with her previous label was so fresh that she wanted to mention it, but she was determined to do so gracefully.

Another of her favorites is called "Nightmare." The song addresses intrusive thoughts, and she describes it as "very vulnerable" and "very lyrically raw."

"The hook is, 'I'm a walking daydream in a living nightmare,'" she quoted.  "I was scared to share this one at first. I wasn't expecting that many people to relate to it, but they did."

As release day quickly approached, Booth marveled that she'd worked her entire life to have a body of work that she was proud of being released into the world. 

"It's just an amazing feeling," she said. 

While the album is called "The Loneliest Girl in the World," Booth – thankfully – isn't fully living in that headspace any longer. 

"I feel like I've always been a little bit lonely my entire life," she said. "I've always been a thinker. I've always lived in my head and think I'll always be that way. But right now, I'm very, very happy.  I'm not as sad as I was when I felt like my world was ending two years ago."

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