Songwriter and country singer Kacey Musgraves was born in East Texas, and made her stage debut at eight years old. One year later, she was writing her own songs and learning to play several instruments, including guitar, harmonica, and mandolin. She self-released three albums before catching a break when she appeared as a contestant on the 2007 season of the American Idol-styled television show Nashville Star. She came in seventh in the competition, but the exposure allowed her to make some inroads on the Nashville music scene, and she began placing songs with major country artists like Martina McBride and Miranda Lambert. She signed a recording deal with Mercury Records in 2012, which issued a first single, the wise, taut, and very impressive Merry Go ‘Round, later that same year. In March 2013, her first album for Mercury, Same Trailer Different Park, was released and Musgraves was nominated for three ACM Awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year.