The 9513 website conducted a recent interview with WWE’s Mickie James and she had the following to say:
What lead to this change or this idea of becoming a country artist?
I’ve always wanted to sing, ever since I was a little girl. I’ve always loved music and had a deep passion for music. We travel a lot. We’re on the road 250 days a year and I write a lot. I would always write short stories and poetry and stuff—especially on those long plane rides overseas and stuff. So, I was writing and I ended up working with some artists in Richmond to turn these lyrics and melody in my head into actual music. Through there, that’s how I met my manager, Sherry.
I was already toying with the idea, but it was one of those things where we’re already touring 250 days out of the year, where am I gonna find time to do this? I really want to, and if you have enough passion to do something you find a way to do it.
I was driving to the gym one day, and this song popped into my head and I pulled over and I wrote it in like five minutes. I sat on it for about a week because I thought God doesn’t just throw these kind of things in your pathway without a reason for it. I called my manager Sherry up and said “Let’s do it!” and the journey started.
Do you think there’s a lot of crossover between WWE fans and country music fans?
Oh yeah. I think the same rings true for NASCAR and country fans. Our demographic is very similar. I know that there are tons of country fans that are wrestling fans and tons of wrestling fans that love country music. So, I definitely think so.
At the end of your entertainment career, whether that be a music career or wrestling career—what do you hope that people remember about Mickie James?
That I’m real. What you see is what you get. I don’t try to put on this phony image of like this is who I am, or this is like some image. I’m just the girl next door, and at the end of the day, I’m just Mickie James. These are just accomplishments in my life that help make me who I am. You can have whatever you want in your life if you really strive for it.
On a personal level, do you find it difficult to disassociate yourself from WWE? Is that something you try to do?
I do want to keep them separate but I think one hand feeds the other. I worked really long and hard to get at the top of my game at wrestling, so I can’t deny that, it’s part of who I am. But why not embrace it? It’s part of who I am and what I do and there’s a huge fan base there of my fans and they are all really excited about this adventure for me. I’d like for them to share the journey with me.