Katie Pruitt is making it official: she’s a country music star — and not even country’s bad girls are safe

When Katie Pruitt finds herself struggling with middle school chemistry, or getting stuck in the middle of a disagreement with her best friend, she might have to endure humiliation at the hands of jock…

Katie Pruitt is making it official: she’s a country music star — and not even country’s bad girls are safe

When Katie Pruitt finds herself struggling with middle school chemistry, or getting stuck in the middle of a disagreement with her best friend, she might have to endure humiliation at the hands of jock son Mason or the rules-over-heartcrushing cowboy in school dance class. But as a teenager in her rural Alberta home, she might be in for a surprise. While she’s wearing the same favorite sweater, the same favorite jeans, and listening to her favorite way to write notes, she’s also finding out from her friends that she’s actually half-New Englander.

“Every artist feels cut off from their fan base,” Pruitt recently told the Globe and Mail. “They are just confused and feel unsure what they will do.” But Pruitt’s celebrity found her on the border, as evidenced by the Canadian Lions singing her praises before one of her recent tour dates in Calgary. And since joining the festival circuit in 2015, Canada has been more than happy to embrace her.

She now sits in a third-place spot with 102,000 followers on Instagram, a figure that would’ve once been considered nothing short of a rebel-warrior. And she’s also a fan favorite, touring the world to prove that not only can one become a pop sensation without the backing of a major label, but that the country can feel a little rebellious as well.

“Country music does appeal to more than just a male listener,” Pruitt explains. “[Her] genre also appeals to a lot of girls, which is important because it can help people along their journey in life.”

Indeed, her arrival on the world stage has been something of a tear in the curtain on country’s wholesome image, which lately has been used as a convenience to disguise parts of its misogynistic, creepy underbelly. Look no further than the recording of single “Country Strong,” which included the lines, “You took a picture with a bikini-clad chick. I thought you were a jerk / But some things, don’t judge a book by its cover,” or Garth Brooks trying to guilt his hetero audience into remaining in their monogamous relationships.

In Pruitt’s own words, her songs “are about holding on to your roots, finding your courage, and coming out as a woman at the very least.”

To celebrate the first 10 years of her career, the singer shared a touching celebration with her fans on Twitter, featuring her family and friends at her very own concert.

“There was a moment I was actually pretty fed up and if there’s one thing I really didn’t like about this record it was that it’s country music,” she told The Christian Post in April. “I feel like the root of country music is all about family, moving to a new town and falling in love and all the emotions that lead to love in the end. That’s what I do in life.”

But she’s hoping her fans in Canada and the U.S. can have the same sentiment as long as it lasts.

As she notes on Instagram,

“For my last ten years of existence on this earth, I tried to show people the people I was around, the experiences I had and the walls I wanted to tear down…I have never taken a back seat to anyone, I take every opportunity for opportunity, and I want to continue to inspire people and help them look around at their communities, their families and their friends and shake them off and see what’s around the corner.”

Read the full story at the Globe and Mail.

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