family band, singing “He Leadeth Me” and, hours later, fall asleep on a church pew.
But Lyrx had a secret. “I’ve always been a rebel,” she says, laughing.
Monday through Friday she was smuggling records into the house by My Chemical
Romance, Hinder, and Sick Puppies. At 17, she joined a Southern rock band and
traveled the dive bars of the Southeast. “Country music would talk about what I
knew,” she says, “but the rock would speak to who I was, the emotions and feelings.”
It was two long years of touring and a strained relationship with her parents before
she, with younger brother Shay of Dan + Shay, moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
looking for a new start. Days she’d attend a bible college; nights were spent singing
at clubs. “It made me tough, and it gave me the love of music,” she says. “It’s fun to
tour. It’s fun to be a musician.”
It was at the encouragement of Shay, who himself had recently moved south, that
Lyrx considered pursuing music in Nashville. Most importantly, with age came a
peace with country music, “when I write country music, it’s just me writing about my life.”
With her first single, “Take the Money”, Lyrx announces to both the world and country music that she’s her own woman with her own influences, and the only one that will write that story
is herself. “I define me,” she says.