Liars club: Lucy Hale may not have a long track record in country music, but the fans she brings from Pretty Little Liars, along with her 3.3 million very active Twitter followers, should give her a solid base from which to launch her singing career. Hale, who plays Aria Montgomery on ABC Family's top-rated series, will release debut single You Sound Good to Me on Tuesday. Pretty Little Liars has its winter premiere the same day (8 p.m. ET/PT), and ABC Family will unveil the single's music video during the show.
What she really, really wants: Hale, 24, was born and raised in Memphis. Growing up, she says, "I listened to country music and Disney princess songs - those were like the two main kinds of music I listened to." Hale's mother, now a registered nurse in Nashville, used to videotape Hale and older sister Maggie singing Spice Girls songs. "My mom says I've always been a spotlight-hogger," Hale says. "I've always wanted to be the center of attention, so I would push my sister out of the way."
The name game: Many people assume Hale was named after comedian Lucille Ball, who died seven weeks before Hale was born in 1989. Actually, she was named after one of her great-grandmothers. "There are a lot of older Lucys, but Lucy's making a comeback," says Hale, whose full name is Karen Lucille Hale. "There are a lot of little girl Lucys now." The statistics support her claim: According to the Social Security Administration, Lucy was the 66th most popular girls' name in the USA in 2012, up from 446th the year Hale was born.
Bionic power: Early in her career, Hale played little sister to both bionic woman Jaime Sommers (in NBC's single-season relaunch of The Bionic Woman in 2007) and Alexis Bledel's Lena Kaligaris (in 2008's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2). Which character does she think would make the best real-life sibling? Sommers, hands down. After all, Hale says, "she's the bionic woman, and she's got all these superpowers."
Starstruck at Blackbird: As a girl, Hale idolized Martina McBride. She got to meet the singer when she wound up recording part of her album with producer Mark Bright at Nashville's Blackbird Studio, which McBride owns with her husband, John. "First of all, we're the same height - 5-foot-2 - which is very cool," Hale says. "But I don't think I said a word to her, because I didn't know what to say."
Baby, you a song:The lively You Sound Good to Me, which compares a love to "an old song on the radio that you grew up to and everybody knows," was a last-minute find for Hale's album, which is expected in the spring. "It sort of sets the foundation for where I see my career going," she says. "It's fun, it's catchy. I have it running through my head right now. That's a good sign, I guess."