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If nothing else, it has been an eventful and eye opening year for Pensocola born songstress Lacey. In addition to recording one of the most popular singles of 2006, the hypnotic "Can we Take it Further" (which bass bumped out of more car windows while igniting a slew of barbeques last summer), she won over the masses with her charming Alabama persona. "So much has happened in my life, I feel like I've grown five years in a year," she gushes. No doubt, by the time Columbia Records released Lacey's 1st single "Can we take it further", it was obvious that this young woman was more than a one-hit wonder. 2007 saw Lacey rocking the mic on stage with Three 6 Mafia, making crowds sweat in Japan, posing for magazine covers in Los Angeles. This was a long way from the quiet life she led in Alabama. Lacey Leigh Hall has come through her musical initiation process unscathed. And now she is poised for everything that 2007 may hold as she readies to do it again with her debut release The Makings if me. "I grew up so much this past year.It was a little scary to have no studio experience and all of a sudden step into a recording studio," recalled Lacey. "2006 taught me the dedication and responsibility it takes to make this dream a reality. Waking up at 5:00 am to start rehearsals, the training, the schoolwork, interviews, video shoots, going all day; it always seemed glamorous but it is real work. My love for music and singing will never change but the rose colored glasses are no longer so rosy." "Many times over the past year, I didn't have anyone my age with me. When recording this album, I wanted it to seem like I was having a personal conversation with girls my age," says the thirteen-year-old singer. "People think, because we're young, we aren't complex, but that's not true. We deal with life and love and broken hearts in the same way a woman a few years older might. My goal on The Makings of me was to find songs that express the many things young women want to say, but might not know how." Dropping from the harmonic heavens to the groovalistic dance floor, Lacey has returned with another single that will have listeners begging the d.j. to play it one more time. Produced by Jason Rotem, the sizzling "Dirty South."(featuring Three 6 Mafia) is bringing the summer heat early this year. With its hypnotic beat and enticing melody, "Dirty South" utilizes the rap-hip-hop of Three 6 Mafia, and pop-R&B of Lacey. "I got excited when I first heard this track and three days later, it was recorded," Lacey says. Turning heads with its rebel sound, "Dirty South" is 2007's first hit single. Focusing on progressing as an artist, Lacey has recorded a compelling track of heartbreak called "You say you love me." Penned by her label-mate Missy Elliot and Stargate, the song documents the tragic decay of a relationship when another person starts cheating. Yet, in this instance, it is the girl who has strayed. "On a lot of records, men talk about cheating as though it's all a game. For me, 'You say you love me' is not just about stepping out on your man, but the pain that it causes both parties." Perhaps the most surprising track is the rock meets island vibe of "Chevy" Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken, the principles of her production company, SRP, used a mixture of Country Grammer, hip-hop and a little help from Eminem." Coming from Alabama, I have a country acent and i can't hide it, so it's hard to talk to other rappers/singers because most of them are from New York, or California," Lacey confesses. "Singing with Three 6 Mafia changed my perspective. So, when I was discussing this project with L.A. Reid, Chairman of Island Def Jam Records, I made sure to say I want to experiment with some rap." During the recording of The Makings of me, Lacey jet set down to Atlanta to record with Ludacris on the yardie duet "Break It Off." Smiling, Lacey explains, "I have so much respect and love for Ludacris. He took me to meet his family and show me where he grew up. With The Makings of me, the beautiful singer proves that her breakthrough was no fluke. After selling 1 million copies worldwide of her 1st sinlge Can we take it further, once again, the year belongs to Lacey.