After a short hiatus from the music business, Laura Bell Bundy is back with a new single and a new label. The Kentucky native recently opened up about the struggles she endured since parting ways with Mercury Nashville and what prompted her return to country music.
LBB hit the country music scene in 2010 with the release of her debut single “Giddy On Up.” The song was included on Bundy’s debut album, Achin’ and Shakin’, also released in 2010. After the single peaked at No.31 on the charts, Bundy released a handful of follow up singles and later parted ways with her label after the singles failed to climb the charts at country radio.
Bundy admits she went through somewhat of a dark period after she was let go from Mercury Nashville. “I kinda went through a semi-depression. Honestly. Like, I lost myself,” she explains (quote via Big Machine Records). “And actually getting dropped ended up being a relief to me and it was very freeing to me ‘cause I could go, ‘Okay. I’m not attached. There’s nobody telling me what I should be doing. What do I really want to do?’
The answer? Bundy, who played Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde: The Musical” on Broadway, decided to focus on her acting. She picked up a recurring role on The CW’s hit show, “Hart of Dixie.”
Although she was enjoying her time on the show, Laura Bell was dying to get back to music. “All I did was go back into the studio. I wanted to combine beats and banjos and make this organic, cool, country dance music. That’s all I wanted to do,” she says. “I became totally obsessed because I also felt free, finally, to just create. And I realized this is what I want to do. And I realized in that moment the light went off like, ‘You know what? I would rather fail being me having fun doing this than have some mediocre success playing pretend.'”
Laura Bell is back at it with a new record deal with Big Machine Records. Her single, “Two Step,” is available now and she currently on the road with Rascal Flatts promoting the track. Fans can expect a full length album from Bundy within the coming months.