How Lainey Wilson, an ’11-year overnight sensation,’ became country music’s brightest new star
Sister Lainey grew up in the small town of Nashville, Tenn., where she learned to love country and southern rock. After graduating from high school, she moved to Nashville, where she spent an unspeakably lonely year before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams.
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Sister Lainey had a lot of catching up to do.
After all, her sophomore year at Tennessee had gone by just about as fast as she could have anticipated. But Lainey’s senior year of high school had gone by far more quickly — about 16 hours.
“That was the longest school year I had ever experienced,” she recalled.
In fact, she had missed a month of school in her freshman year, which she attributed to being homesick. And in her sophomore year, which she considered to be a disappointment but not a failure, she was sick and missed school.
“I couldn’t sleep a wink the entire night,” she said. “That’s why I didn’t get my grade.”
She was so lost that she didn’t even have a grade book.
“I didn’t care if I got a good grade,” Lainey explained. “In fact, I didn’t care if I got a zero.”
No, Lainey’s senior year of high school wasn’t a disappointment. It was one of the best years of her life. In fact, she was a “numbers girl,” and that was what really counted.
“Every night, I would go to the computer and double-check how many of each class I had to take to get the grade I wanted for the semester,” she said. “I would double-check my grades for each grade level. I never once thought that I would be