Mickie James performs at Thunder In The Smokies
With "Somebody’s Gonna Pay," her debut project for eOne Music Nashville, Mickie James has set out to carve a new path for herself.
This weekend, she will perform Sept. 14 at the Thunder in the Smokies rally to be held at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
An entertainer and athlete since childhood, the TNA Impact professional wrestling star - a multi-time world champion - has spent the last decade as part of some of the biggest pro wrestling organizations in the world. But now she’s using a microphone to rev up concert crowds rather than run down wrestling opponents, taking on the music world full-force.
“I recognized the fact that I’m starting from square one, all over again,” James said. “And I kinda want to keep those two worlds separate because I want my music career to be taken seriously, and not just ‘Hey, it’s that girl that wrestles!’
“This is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I’ve never held back on anything I’d been dead set on doing in my life,” she said. “I feel like that passion and that drive is what really molds you as a person of character, and people connect with that. It’s not necessarily something you can teach, you either have it or you’re scared of it.”
Mickie also shot an accompanying music video for the title cut, teaming with director Blake Judd and featuring Mickie’s fellow wrestling personalities Trish Stratus and Nick Aldis, TNA Impact's Magnus.
“Making people feel something, whether it’s what I’m doing in the ring or on the stage - that’s what you’re looking for at the end of the day,” she said.
The album, produced by Field and Jamie Lee Thurston, highlights the energy James brings to songs like “Best Damn Night” and “A Good Time,” as well as the emotion found on ballads like “If I Can’t Be Me” and “Hurts Don’t It.”
In fact, some of Music Row’s best writers have contributed to the album, including Rivers Rutherford, Tom Shapiro, the Civil Wars’ John Paul White, Odie Blackmon and Craig Wiseman.