The pop star who’s gearing up for her big halftime show at the Super Bowl, is also getting ready to release a new album this Friday Oct. 21st! new album Joanne, has a heavy influence of country music. Songwriter Hillary Lindsey co-wrote three of the songs for Gaga’s album including the emotional ballad “Million Reasons.”
Gaga spoke to Rolling Stone about her deep musical taste.
“Everyone thinks of rock & roll and country in different ways,” Gaga tells Rolling Stone. “Rock & roll, country and blues – they all have babies. So I love Johnny Cash, I love Neil Young, I love Garth Brooks.”
She added that Garth was a big part of her childhood.
“When I was little, my father used to play ‘I’ve Got Friends in Low Places’ really loud in the basement, and I’d catch him down there dancing by himself, screaming real loud,” she recalls. “I thought it was cool.”
The direction of Gaga’s album sways from pop to rock and features incredible country songwriting.
“I have a general and deep respect for all country musicians, but I myself am not a country musician. I’m just a musician period,” she says. “I love all different kinds of music and this is just what I wrote.”
Gaga is out on her Dive Bar Tour where she brought Hillary Lindsey out on stage in Nashville.
“I wrote this song with a Nashville native, Hillary Lindsey,” Gaga told the crowd before performing “Million Reasons.” “We sat on a couch together, and we were going back and forth, guitar and piano, and we were going, ‘Why these men, you know?’ All these men — my dad, my boyfriend, all the men in my life — they gave me a million reasons [to leave], but I just need one good one to stick around … Ladies and gentlemen, Hillary Lindsey.”