"I worked at this place called Taxi, Taxi Music, where I would sit with headphones and a computer, and I would listen to music that people would send in from all around the country so they could get a critique on it and how to make it in the music industry. So you have to imagine how depressed I was after not making it in LA after five years, knowing everyone in the music industry couldn't get a break, and sitting in this cubicle, listening to the worst music I've ever heard. I would tell these people 'Well you have to change these chords' or 'This is how you contact a record label.' And I was just like, I cannot give these people hope. I had no hope [myself.]"
"I took so many chances when I was young. I would freak out if I had kids and they took as many chances. The first time I ever drove, I was 18 and I drove on the 405. [ED NOTE: The 405 is one of LA's busiest and most dangerous freeways.] And that was it — four lanes of traffic at night, crazy! I would never let my kids do that, ever!"
"I got a phone call from the guy that ran Capitol Records because they were going to sign me and they decided not to sign me. This was my third record label [to do that to me]. I was like, 'I'm going through this again!' And he called me a few months later while I was sitting in that cubicle and said, 'I'm sorry, I almost made the biggest mistake of not signing you. I really believe in you. Let's just do it, let’s just try!' I was like, 'Really?' And he was like 'Yea, let’s just try!' So we did it."
"I think that [Miley and the Jonas Brothers] set out to be role models, and I think, I at least hope they know what they're doing. Because once you say you're a role model, you're under a microscope and everyone is waiting and watching for you to do something, you know? And then there's this big pointing-of-the-finger thing. I mean, they have purpose being role models and having the promise ring thing. But it's not for everyone."
"I was never the class clown. I was always trying to follow the class clown, because I wasn't as funny or cool as the class clown. I had a bizarre, black-sheep humor that didn't make any sense. But someone would always be like 'Haha! You're funny!'"
"I haven't been writing a lot lately. So much has happened in this past year and a half that I can't wait to just have a month to unplug and recharge and feel everything again. But I think when I do write now it's about a past relationship or this new life that I'm living. Those are the two things I'm writing about most."
"I knew what I wanted to do when I was very young. I started playing guitar at 13 and I started singing even earlier than that. I was traveling at 14 to Nashville and I left home at 15. I just had a vision, like I knew I wanted to be a singer. I knew it was going to take time to get there and that I'd have to work really hard. And it was weird for me to be at high school when people would be leaving for college and didn't even know what they wanted to do."
"I would love to have the best party that anyone has ever been to. Some girls want to have a small little beach wedding. And I'm like 'No! I want the Celine Dion wedding!' Weddings can be so boring, and those people who say their vows for 45 minutes can be obnoxious. It's like, we know you're in love, show it. I would have a secret choreographed dance for our first dance, where it turns into Saturday Night Fever and stupid stuff like that where we have the same sense of humor about it."
"During a breakup, I almost want you to hate me, because I can't be friends with you. If I love you, I'm so in love with you that it's not, 'Sorry this isn't working out. Can we be friends?'"