PHOENIX - Phoenix native Chelsea Bain played for the hometown crowd this weekend, opening up for superstar Tim McGraw, and now she's opening up about how the Valley inspires her cool country sound.
"I'm proud of where I'm from," she admits. "Not many people can say they're born and raised in Arizona. I love it here."
Bain says since she was little, she knew she was destined for stardom.
At 19, she left Phoenix for Nashville to pursue her country music dreams. A few years later, she got her big break -- opening for McGraw.
"When my dad called and said they got the deal done and you get to open for Tim, I was like, 'Are you
No question, it's a dream come true, and one that happened by chance when a music industry producer caught one of Bain's performances at a NASCAR event.
Impressed, he asked her to be the opening act at McGraw's concert in Scottsdale.
"I appreciate this, because things like this don't come around everyday," Bain says.
The audience at Salt River Fields is the biggest Bain has ever faced, but she's confident she knows how to put on a show.
She's a lot country, but with a hardcore rock-n-roll edge. Her music is inspired by artists across the genres, from Pink and Johnny Cash to AC-DC and Shania Twain.
"People can probably tell with my style and my music, I try to bring a little bit of that Shania in there," Bain admits.
And, perhaps, surprisingly, she also tries to bring a little bit of home.
"A lot of the stuff that I've written about comes from experiences I've had here," she says of the Valley's impact on her songs. "Any way I can involve Arizona, I love to do that. The desert is beautiful, so it's just one of those things. I'm just a proud hometown girl."
And this hometown should be proud of her.