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Check Out Margaret Haynie’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Margaret Haynie.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My parents say I’ve been singing since I could talk. Growing up, I participated in the church choir, bells, and school choir, then in college, I took voice lessons, and joined the chamber choir, a capella group, and a bluegrass band. Writing has been my outlet since I was young. Even in grade school, I excelled when writing short stories, and I remember writing songs even in middle and high school.

When I was little my dream was to be a singer, and not much has changed. Of course, there have been bumps in the road. After college, I looked for jobs for months without much luck because nothing seemed the least bit interesting when all I’d ever wanted to do was sing and write songs. But after moving to Nashville, I was intimidated and scared and lacked confidence like I never had before, so it took a while before I started playing gigs.

I’ve always just gone for what I wanted without hesitation and I never anticipated the intimidation factor that comes with moving to a town SLAP FULL of talent without knowing anyone. Who would have thought? Then when Covid happened, I was working as a nanny and a waitress so I was out of work, and I moved home for several months.

Finally, in March of 2021 with about 84 followers, I posted one acoustic video of my song Girl Before the Girlfriend on TikTok and it got 256k views. After reading through people’s comments and hearing their stories relating to mine, I knew in my heart I wanted to release the song for them. I believe it was God’s way of telling me to put my fears aside and chase the dream I was made for.

So I released Girl Before the Girlfriend and fell in love with recording. Since then, I’ve released two more singles: If He Wanted to He Would and Home in This Town, and a music video for If He Wanted to He Would. These days I’m still working, writing as much as possible, and playing gigs and writers’ rounds.

Hoping to record more music when the time is right. Just trying to build relationships with people, be a good human, and make music I believe in.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I wouldn’t say it’s been a smooth ride, but that’s not to say I’d want to be doing anything else. I think taking the initial leap to start my career in a solidified way (which, to me at least, meant recording music and taking writing more seriously) is what changed the game for me.

Once I made that decision for myself it felt like I was actually working towards a goal instead of just dreaming about a dream. But trying to make it in a town like Nashville comes with its hardships. My whole life I’ve been surrounded by people who loved and supported me, and I was coming to a town where I didn’t know anyone and not everyone was as friendly and doe-eyed as I was.

Being surrounded by so much talent and exclusive groups in the music community in Nashville, my self-confidence has definitely taken a toll. And for a little bit, I tried to fit in, but I’ve learned that fitting in isn’t the key to happiness or success.

Happiness and success for me are surrounding myself with people that believe in me and who I believe in and chasing this dream while staying true to who I am.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m a country music singer-songwriter. I started off mainly with songwriting, and now I’m writing and releasing music.

I think what sets me apart from others is that I’m making music that tells my story. I’m not trying to make music that fits an agenda, or that will sell on the radio. Although that may be a goal, that is not my main objective. I want to tell my stories in the most authentic way possible.

I know that music can change your life because it has had a hand in every single step of my journey. So I want to use the gifts and passions God has given me to make a difference and touch people’s lives.

What matters most to you?
What matters most to me is staying true to who I am and making music I believe in. I know that God puts us here with individual gifts and passions in our hearts for a reason, and I want to use my gifts to be a light.

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