Laura Bell Bundy may be a new face to country music fans, but she is certainly no stranger to being on stage. A seasoned performer, Laura Bell made her Broadway debut seven years ago in 'Hairspray.' Her run on the Great White Way also included starring roles in 'Wicked,' 'Ruthless,' and a Tony-nominated turn as Elle Woods in 'Legally Blonde.' Now she has made the leap to country music, which Laura Bell says has been a seamless transition.

"I'm from Kentucky, so it isn't like I just suddenly came from New York," she tells The Boot. "I love the weather. I feel like I'm a little bit calmer; it's a slower pace, and it's been good for me because I've been able to be a bit more introspective. I was so extroverted when I was doing the [Broadway] shows, and now I'm spending more time writing."

However, Laura Bell's move to Music City hasn't entirely been a piece of cake. Asked what the most difficult part of transition has been, Laura replied, "Waking up and doing radio interviews at 6:00 AM! [laughs] I keep hours where I wake up at 11:00 AM and go to bed at 3:00 AM. I've been that way for six years."

Still, she is extremely grateful for the opportunity. A long-time fan of country music, Laura Bell is thrilled to be on a major country record label, Universal Music Group. "I had an album come out that I did on my own, and it was also country, so that isn't a bizarre thing," she explains, adding with a laugh, "It's just I have a little bit more money to do it now!"

There's no word yet on when Laura Bell's first single from her upcoming UMG album will hit country radio.