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Singer-songwriter Lori McKenna now has a Grammy trophy sitting on her piano at her home in Massachusetts, thanks to Little Big Town’s hit song “Girl Crush,” but her five kids still don’t think that makes her cool.
“They are impossible to impress,” the 47-year-old McKenna said during a recent interview in Nashville, Tennessee, with a laugh. “But thank God for them, because I would get too much into it and take myself too seriously. If someone wasn’t asking me when dinner was, I think I would be in trouble.”
Over her career, which spans back into the late ’90s, she’s written songs for Faith Hill, Alison Krauss, Reba, Keith Urban and Hunter Hayes in her basement just outside of Boston, between loads of laundry and cooking.
But recently she’s been on a successful streak, winning a Grammy this year for best country song for co-writing “Girl Crush” with Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey.
“When you get a Grammy, you’re supposed to drink champagne out of it,” McKenna said. “We were kidding at my house, like we should really eat mac n’ cheese out of this.”
On Friday, she will release her tenth album, “The Bird & the Rifle,” which includes her version of “Humble & Kind,” a No. 1 hit for country star Tim McGraw that has spawned a music video collaboration with Oprah Winfrey and even a book that was released this year.