Margo Price didn’t come to Nashville to win awards. She came to make records … and make waves.

In the process, she’s also making a difference.

The Illinois native has never been one to shy away from the truth, no matter how harsh it may be. But she does so in pursuit of the greater good.

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And if that costs her a position amongst the mainstream country elite, then Margo is fine with it.

“I didn’t get into this to get awards,” she said in a very refreshing and honest interview with “Cosmopolitan” magazine.

“I do it because I love it and because I like to sing. I’m singing for the working class. I’m singing for people that don’t have a voice. There’s no other reason.”

And now more than ever, Margo feels like it’s important to talk about the things no one wants to talk about, in music and onstage.

On her latest album, “All American Made,” Margo tackles tough and personal issues like her family’s own struggle with the economic decline, the wage gap between men and women, the boys’ club that is Nashville and the transplants coming in and taking over the city.

Apparently “USA Today” thought that last one, titled “Cocaine Cowboys” was a response to Blake Shelton’s “Boys ‘Round Here,” a theory she shot down on Twitter by saying, “I have never heard a Blake Shelton song in my life and I had I don’t know it.”

As for her brutal honesty in songs, she told Cosmo, “A lot of times people don’t want to hear things, but they need to hear it.

“I am the messenger,” she added. “That might mean people want to shoot me sometimes, but I’m like, ‘I’m just calling it like I see it.’”

She says the hard things are too important to not talk about.

“I don’t necessarily want to have to write about it. I’d like to just write about love or, I don’t know, whatever else, but there’s too much going on in the world right now.”

And when the keyboard warriors start sending the hate messages, especially about the song “Pay Gap,” she just brushes it off.

“There are some people, fans, or just people living in their mother’s basement that have said things on Twitter like, ‘The pay gap’s a myth, why don’t you do your research before you write a song about fake news.”

Margo ignores it. But her spouse—that’s a different story.

“My husband’s likes responding to those people,” she told the mag.

Margo opens up even more about the importance of speaking up in the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment scandal and more recent sexual assault and harassment allegations against Nashville publicist Kirt Webster, and talks about how her own harrowing experiences in the music business with that kind of disturbing and inappropriate behavior.

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She’s doing just what she dreamed she’d do—give a voice to people who don’t have one and call for action in the broken areas of society.

That’s just one of the reasons Margo shines. And this world could use a little more light and truth.

Go check out Margo’s article, and listen to “All American Made” while you read.

Samantha Stephens absolutely lives for music. When she's not making it, she's talking or writing about it. She's worked in all arenas of the country music world for nearly a decade, from syndicated radio and television to print journalism. She's even been known to crash a red carpet or two, true story.
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