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February 12, 2013 at 05:00 PM EST

Pretty Little Liars

TV Show
run date
Ashley Benson, Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell
Current Status
In Season

It’s not uncommon for stars of the small screen to dip their toes into the music industry: Miley Cyrus started on Disney’s Hannah Montana before she become a full-fledged recording artist; Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester dropped a handful of singles back in 2009 and 2010; and Shameless‘ Emmy Rossum just released her second album. Now you can add Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale to the mix, as the actress has been in Nashville for the past few weeks recording a country album while on hiatus before shooting her ABC Family show’s fourth season. (Season 3 is currently airing, and season 4 will launch in June.)

How does Hale describe the album? “It’s country,” she explains plainly, of what she’s recording. “We definitely have more mainstream songs, but then we have songs that are straight-up country.”

Hale is hoping that she surprises people with what she puts out. “I think it’s gonna shock a lot of people actually, so it’s really exciting.”

If you’re hoping to learn a song title or two now, though, prepare to be disappointed. “Oh my gosh, they won’t even let me release song titles,” she says. But one song in particular stands out to Hale, and she’s happy to talk about it a bit. “It’s a song about how I’ve always been a girl’s girl and I’ve always rooted for other girls and never had a problem with jealousy,” she says. “It’s just about the everyday battles that all women go through. It’s a uniting feeling for women and how that, at the end of the day, we’re all going through the same things. We should all be in it together.”

Could it be the next great country female anthem? “It’s really powerful and I think it will resonate with a lot of people and it shows me in a really vulnerable light and how I feel about myself,” she says, adding that it might just make you see her differently. “The image you see of me out in public is really different from who I am in real life. This is sort of an instant look at who Lucy really is. And I think that it’s a beautiful message.”

Hale says the music is coming soon — although the exact date is still TBD. “We’re hoping to have a single here in a couple of months — probably March or April. The album will come out this summer.”

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Read more:

‘Pretty Little Liars’ on EW’s Inside TV blog

‘Pretty Little Liars’ on EW’s Family Room blog

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