Margo Price on How to Realize Your Potential This Fall

Angelina Castillo
Margo Price

The fast-rising country star Margo Price knows hard work pays off: On the heels of her acclaimed, just-released EP, Weakness, she’ll release more new music and tour this fall. “You’re in control of your own destiny,” says Price. Here, a few of her “life mantras” to adopt.

1. “There’s a lot to be said for putting your nose to the grindstone, working on your craft,” says Price. “Focus on your one true passion.”  She admits that five years ago, when her career hadn't yet taken off, "I had this mentality that I had to go out to everyone's show so everyone at the end of the week would come to mine — that I had to go out and rub elbows, find exposure," Price says. "A small part of that is true. But if something is good, people will notice when you put it out. Obviously I still try to get out, but I have to stay home and be good to my voice, too."

2. Building a support system is key, especially now, for women. “We have to stick together and bring each other up,” she says. "There's so much negative out there right now, especially with how people can talk to women in this industry." Price has found female role models like Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt and Wanda Jackson all willing to lend their wisdom with her. "It's great to surround yourself with great women — and great people in general — who will have your back and help call out all the other bullshit," Price says.

3. “I can’t go out and party like I used to,” admits Price. Self-care is her priority: healthy eating, exercise “and, honestly, smoking a lot of weed.” Years on the road meant lots of time eating at truck stops, getting very little sleep, "so the biggest thing for me now is staying well-rested and healthy. It sucks to have to cancel shows because you're burned out."  Price calls Willie Nelson "like my spiritual guru," and she aims to emulate his "calming energy." To that end, "I feel a lot better when I'm smoking [weed] and not drinking so much," she says. "It's not as taxing on my body. I get on with my day. It's not the worst thing I've done."  

This story was originally published in the September 2 issue of Billboard.