Forget princess dreams and royal weddings. When Lucy Hale was a young girl growing up in Memphis, singing along to TLC and the Spice Girls, she fantasized about having her own stage, headlining her very own tour.
In early 2015, the singer-actress will realize that goal when the Road Between club and theater outing, named after her debut album, kicks off January 29th in Boston. Singer-songwriter Josh Dorr will open all dates.
"I'm so excited," Hale tells Rolling Stone Country in the exclusive tour announcement. "We've done a radio tour and radio shows, but now we get to do actual shows and do the entire album for people who have been supporting me."
Hale, who plays Aria Montgomery on ABC Family's hit series Pretty Little Liars, says she hopes to extend the tour if the demand and her schedule (she returns to PLL in March) allow. But for now, she says, "We're keeping it short and sweet. We're going to where my music was played on radio and when we stopped for a radio tour, people came to the shows."
She and her musical director are already planning the set list and production for the concerts. Sure to be included are Road Between's first two singles, "You Sound Good to Me" and "Lie a Little Better," as well as several other selections from the June 2014 release. Plus, she has some surprises in store. "I have a few little ideas for covers that are brewing in my mind," she says. "We're coming up with ideas to make it special." If she has her way, a third single — her choice is "Red Dress" — will be shipped to radio around the time of the tour.
It's a busy stretch for Hale. In addition to recently wrapping production of Pretty Little Liars' fifth season, Hale appeared on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade last week and performed her original tune "Mistletoe" on ABC's CMA Country Christmas special last night. "I've been included in a lot of amazing things this year," she says.
As excited as Hale is for the tour, she admits that performing live can be as "nerve-wracking" as it is fulfilling. "It's the most vulnerable you get," she says. "It gives people more leeway to judge you and judge what you're doing. When you work on an album, you put your blood, sweat and tears into it and you want people to appreciate it."
Though there's still life left in Road Between, Hale says the next album — and beyond — are on her mind. "I'm very proud of Road Between, but I'm two years older and feel like I'm in a completely different head space. I'm always thinking 10 steps ahead," Hale says, adding with a laugh, "I'm already thinking of album Number Three."
Here are Hale's The Road Between 2015 tour dates:
January 29 — Boston, Paradise
January 30 — New York City, Gramercy Theatre
January 31 — Philadelphia, Trocadero Theatre
February 3 — Washington, D.C., The Fillmore
February 4 — Charlotte, North Carolina, The Fillmore
February 5 — Nashville, 3rd & Lindsley
February 7 — Atlanta, The Loft