The Halestorm vocalist pens a letter to Little Lzzy.
Lzzy Hale (second right) with Halestorm. Photo credit: Jake Giles Netter
"Dear Little Lzzy,
I know it sounds crazy, but this little hair-brained plan to start a rock band is actually gonna work. It's going to be your greatest risk and greatest adventure. You will wonder at times if you're crazy for always moving forward, don't. It's that forward movement that will save you. You also will question whether or not you are "cool" enough to be a rock star...you're not...but neither were any of your idols so it'll be okay.
You are tough, remember that no matter what this life throws at you... you can pull through. Your fervor and drive for the band are what keeps you sane, so use that, but don't forget that you are human too, and to give that "smushy center Lzzy" some love once in a while. If you are worried about finding love, don't. It will happen when you aren't looking, you will even deny it for a while... but this love will end up being the most amazing love you've ever known. It will make you feel sorry for everyone who doesn't have a love like yours. Ha!
You will be astonished at all you will accomplish, and humbled by the pure chaos of it. You will make history, and reserve a seat at this generation's round table of woman rockers. You will even win a Grammy! I know right? Who knew? People will pay attention to what you say and do. But take pride in being honest and being yourself. Embrace the freedom of it. Not everyone is going to agree with your words or actions, or the music you create. But remember that your life is yours alone. So do whatever the fuck you want.
Amidst all the chaos, pressure, and amazing moments this rock and roll life throws at you, don't forget... your success is not measured by the way you carry yourself down a red carpet laid in front of you. Your success is measured by how you carry yourself knowingly through a path of land mines. See you on the other side my little self... I'll be the one holding a big glass of wine, cheering you on!
Halestorm's third album 'Into The Wild Life' is out April 13 via Atlantic Records.