Brought up in the small town of Belton, South Carolina, Margaret Haynie’s roots run deep in the red dirt of the Southeast, where she was raised to love Jesus, family, and ice cold beer. This up and coming Nashville recording artist contributes her sound to the wide catalog of music she’s listened to her whole life-- with artists ranging from Alison Krauss and Carole King, to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Johnson, CCR, the Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd-- as well as her extensive repertoire of vocal training ranging from choral, to a capella, bluegrass, and opera. After graduating from Clemson University in 2019, Margaret made the move to Nashville to pursue her love of music. In June of 2021, she released her debut single, Girl Before the Girlfriend, and dove headfirst into the music business as an artist and songwriter. Eager to release more music, Margaret got right back into the studio to record her next two singles, If He Wanted to He Would and Home in This Town. Margaret is excited to keep creating music she believes in and can’t wait to see what the future holds!
Please share a story that includes a happy memory as an artist and has made a huge impact on your artistry. One of my most fond memories in my career as an artist would have to be the release weekend of my first single, Girl Before the Girlfriend. All my friends and family came to town to celebrate and I have never felt more loved. It left me feeling encouraged and supported as I continued to grow and release more music. How do you choose to lead a Happy Healthy life as an artist? Mental health is something I have struggled with for years, and pursuing a career as a songwriter can really take a toll on it. I am still navigating and learning, but I take steps every day to put my mental health first, like going for a walk outside/exercising, writing, spending time in prayer/focusing on my faith, and talking with family and friends. Who did you learn from to instill those values? My dad is my confidant when I’m struggling with my metal health, and he encourages me to take care of myself. And I am lucky to have many people who I learn from and who encourage me in my faith, including my parents, grandmothers, brothers, and sister. Was it hard work to make sure that you focused on your well-being and not only your art? Absolutely. When I first moved to Nashville, I got caught up in comparison and the party lifestyle and didn’t prioritize my physical or mental well-being. But I’m learning that in order to be the friend, musician, and person I want to be, I have to start by taking care of myself. Was there a turning point of how you decided to put yourself first? It’s definitely been a journey of highs and lows and learning, and I know that’s just life. I feel like every day it’s about making the decision to focus on my health so that I can be the best version of myself and truly make a difference in the lives of those around me. How do you like to promote a healthy lifestyle? I am an advocate for therapy– It’s scary but I believe it is so healthy and beneficial. And I believe being vulnerable and transparent, and just checking in on those around you can make such a big difference. In what ways are you connecting with fans to check in on each other? I love connecting with fans over dms and responding to comments, and I am so excited to connect with them more in the future! Who checks in on YOU when you need it most? I am so thankful to have family and friends that check in on me, and I know how blessed to have a mom and dad who are consistent in their support and encouragement. Changing habits can be hard. Which was the habit that you had to change and how it's changed your life now? In Nashville it is so easy to get caught up in drinking every day and going out to “network,” and I am someone who can’t say no. But I have made the decision that I will choose to stay in to take care of myself, and that has made such a difference in my overall well-being and happiness. Is there a song, book, movie, show, or anything that always gives you the motivation you need? Yes! I am truly encouraged by Carrie Underwood’s music and her career. Watching the way she lives her life for the Lord in such a spotlight is inspiring. What is the mantra of 2022?! In 2022, I aim to do the seemingly “little” things every day to better myself and stay focused on the long game so I can create the life I want! Give all the inside scoop on your latest project! I’m planning for a release in the next few months and maybe even another music video!