With her eclectic style and signature red lips, South Carolina native Nikki Lane is hard to miss. But it's really her unapologetic blend of outlaw country, Americana, blues and rock that has captured listeners' attention and made them hungry for more. Her voice isn't sweet as silk and smooth as honey -- it's gritty and fiery and uninhibited ... much like her persona.

Lane, who has been referred to as "The First Lady of Outlaw Country," is a high-school dropout, fashion and vintage lover, store owner and ridiculously talented singer-songwriter. She's also relatively new to the latter scene: Fans may be surprised to know that Lane didn't write her first song until she was 25 years old; in some ways, she sees herself as a late bloomer.

"I’ve written under 100 songs and recorded half that many, so I’m still kind of a novice and still growing into my own," Lane tells Lone Star Music Magazine; in fact, she barely knew how to play guitar when she released her first album!

Lane's third album, Highway Queen, has been out since Feb. 17, 2017. It was produced by Lane and fellow singer-songwriter Jonathan Tyler (also Lane's boyfriend) and recorded in both Nashville, Tenn., and Denton, Texas.

"I’d love to plan recording for a follow-up record as a part of what happens over the next two years this time, rather than take it when we can get it,” Lane says. “Being a relatively new artist, you know, spending the last five years on it, that’s just how it goes. You learn things, sometimes, the hard way, and then you know how to do them next time.”

Want to know more about Lane? Click through the photo gallery above to learn five fun facts about her; you can also stay informed on her whereabouts and music on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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