But to the audience, it was much more than ordinary. "After it was over, I think the crowd was as much in shock as I was, for singing for the first time on stage and they just went crazy," said McLamb. "I think that was my first taste of what it was like to be a country music singer and from that point forward I was like, I wanna do this."
Recording covers in studios shortly after that pageant and continuing to sing eventually led to McLamb moving to Nashville in 2007. Today in Nashville, it seems like every artist came to Nashville as a songwriter, but McLamb's songwriting career came about a bit differently than other artists. When she arrived in music city, she hadn't started writing yet. "I met a couple guys who eventually became part of my band," McLamb explained. "I guess we decided among ourselves that I needed to start writing." The first song McLamb ever wrote was a song called "Mr. Right," about a friend who was having "boy issues." From the quality of this song (listen below), she made the right decision when she started writing.
As for the songs she's written, one of McLamb's favorites is a song called "House of Cards." "I love bluegrass music and something I always wanted to do was to write a bluegrass song of my own," McLamb said. This song was the first bluegrass song she ever wrote. She said that every time she plays the song, she always gets very positive reception from fans. "So I've very proud that I actually wrote a bluegrass song and I hope to write many more."
In the future, McLamb hopes to release another EP. "I've been writing a lot lately and I have a couple songs that I'm sure would be on there but I need a couple more," McLamb said. "So I'm just trying to get a few more writing sessions in and I think that would probably be the next step." In 5 years, McLamb said she would love to be signed to a record label. "Just doing what I love full time. Right now I've been having to do it part time cause I've been having to work full time to pay bills," McLamb said. "So to be able to tour and have the backing support of a label to help further that along would be great."
See McLamb on tour this summer and check out her new video for "I Like Where This Is Going."