‘Good girl’ Katie Armiger to open for Josh TurnerWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
After being voted No. 1 hottest bachelorette last year by Country Weekly readers, Katie Armiger has been fielding lots of questions from fans. The 20-year-old answers most of those with her new single, “Better in a Black Dress.”
“As you release songs, as you travel, people ask, ‘Do you have a boyfriend?’ ‘When do you think you’ll settle down?’ ‘When do you think you’ll have kids?’ And I wrote that song because, oh my gosh, I’m not anywhere close to being ready to settle down or get married. I don’t need a wedding dress — it’s better in a black dress,” Armiger said.
Known as the “good girl of country music,” Armiger is turning heads thanks to her powerful voice and third disc, “Confessions of a Nice Girl,” which came out in 2010. She wrote or co-wrote nine of the 13 tracks. Hits from that CD include the fun “Kiss Me Now,” the quintessential kiss-off “Best Song Ever” and the touching “Leaving Home.”
“I wrote [‘Leaving Home’] with Sarah Buxton and Blair Daly, and at the time I was just moving from Houston to Nashville, and I was excited but also sad, and I went into that session and I tried to make sense about it.”
What did she do after the big move to Music City, USA?
“Oh, I bundled up in my house because it was winter with snow, a really cold winter and a ton of snow,” she said during a call from a New Orleans restaurant. “I didn’t really leave my house for a bit; I just stayed there because I’m a girl from Texas.”
Growing up in Sugar Land, Texas, Armiger said she listened to Patsy Cline, Martina McBride and Linda Ronstadt.
“I started singing when I was 9 years old, and I would travel around Texas with my mom, and she would naturally bring me in her minivan, and I would just sing at little festivals and fairs,” Armiger said.
She released her self-titled debut at age 15 in 2007 and the follow-up “Believe” in 2008. Last year she performed at the Grand Ole Opry.
Armiger will open for Josh Turner at 8 p.m. June 29 at Centennial Terrace in Sylvania. Tickets are $35 and $55 on ticketmaster.com.
“When you’re singing and you see somebody singing along or coming up to the front of the stage and dancing and getting into it, that’s the most fun part — just having fun,” she said.