November 27th, 2012
05:29 PM ET
Lucy Hale is known as Aria on ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars," but there's another passion that holds Hale's heart: country music.
"It's how I first started out, I grew up performing," Hale told "Starting Point's" Soledad O'Brien Tuesday. "I got really lucky on the acting side of things. I completely love my day job and what I do, but at the end of the day, music is my main passion."
Hale, 23, plans to release her country album next summer, with a single coming in the spring.
"I signed to Hollywood Records about a year ago. I've been shooting the show, so I've just been writing with some wonderful musicians. ... I'm really excited to let everyone hear what I've been working on," she said. "I grew up with people like Faith Hill, and Martina McBride, and Shania Twain ... but Taylor Swift has sort of paved the way for people like me, because I will have some crossover stuff."
Hale recently wrapped filming on the show's third season, which premieres January 8.
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