This past week Kacey Musgraves released her latest album, Golden Hour, but you already knew that, as the 29-year-old Texan singer-songwriter is having a bit of a moment; from cover stories to critical acclaim to serenading Ellen in a disco dress, everything has very quickly come together to shoot her into the stars (just watch out for that Space Cowboy, Kacey).
With Golden Hour, Musgraves has reached a new level of fame and exposure, a spot made all the more impressive given her work within the oft Billboard-maligned genre of country. And although Musgraves may be a new resident to the town of Top 40, she’s already quite good friends with one of her neighbours: Katy Perry.
Katy and Kacey go way back, with Musgraves having contributed her song-writing prowess to the artistic process of Katy’s third album Prism, along with the two having performed a set alongside one another for an episode of CMT’s country-music genre-mashup performance series Crossroads in 2014.
That evidence of collaboration is all pretty easy to find, but it becomes all the more interesting when peeking back even further and coming upon the revelation Katy Perry is actually an OG Musgraves Stan-slash-stalker. Back in 2012, she tweeted out the video to Musgraves’ first-ever single, “Merry Go Round:”
i love this song/video by Kacey Musgraves: http://t.co/4yDqdz8y GREAT chorus.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 9, 2012
2012! Musgraves’ debut album hadn’t even dropped yet. She further leans into her Musgraves-obsession in an issue of Billboard that she and Musgraves appeared on the cover of in promotion of their Crossroads appearance, where she admitted that hearing “Merry Go Round” pushed her to “cyber-stalk” Kacey, ultimately reaching out to her to start a creative partnership that includes Musgraves not only contributing to the Prism sessions (their specific collaborations didn’t make the album) but also opening for Perry on the tour supporting that album.
But their relationship goes beyond just a creative one — and it’s not just because they’ve seen each other naked “a couple of times.” Perry believes they channel into their work a type of femininity based on “sending inspiring and empowering messages and being a think-for-yourself type of woman” and that the two share “the same eyes. Not in a physical sense, but in a way of perception.”
This shared perception — and the personal and artistic bond it has forged — reaches across miles, continents even (much like in any great friendship), with Perry shouting out Golden Hour over Twitter after it cured her of homesickness while in the middle of her current tour through South America and Asia:
was feeling homesick today, being on this leg of tour for over 4 weeks now and then I put on @KaceyMusgraves’s new record, Golden Hour during yoga and she made me feel not so alone. Music is so powerful and I am so grateful. ❤️
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) April 4, 2018
We can all only hope to experience as strong and fulfilling of a bond as the Perry-Musgraves friendship at least once in our lives, but few are ever so lucky.