Whitney Miller always starts the day with a brisk walk and a cup of coffee.
“Then I go racing,” Miller, 33, told PEOPLE. “It’s been that way since I was a kid. I always wanted to try new things. I’m not going to lie, I get tired sometimes!” she laughs. “But at the end of the day, I really like to pursue fun and happiness.”
From being named Miss USA in 2012, to becoming a kickboxing commentator and MMA fighter, and most recently as a popular podcast host, it’s the tough Texans that have been brought into her life. This enthusiastic attitude. But now, Miller says she’s ready to fulfill her dream of country music with the release of her new single, “15 Minutes of Fame.”
“This is my song of freedom.” Spurred on by one of the biggest heartbreaks I’ve had years ago.It came very suddenly and out of nowhere.Experience emotions in a healthy way. Instead, I just pretended that everything was fine, and now, two and a half years later, I still have that pain, but now I’m venting that anger in lyrics.”
But there were times when Miller was silent.
“When I was 10, someone really close to me told me I couldn’t sing,” recalls Miller. .I I could not do it sing. So basically I don’t sing in public. That was my greatest fear. ”
In fact, Miller says he believed he was forever prevented from mustering the courage to pursue the ultimate dream of a country music career.
“I was always like, ‘Whitney, you didn’t do a single thing you wanted to do,'” recalls Miller. “I thought the song might go away, but it didn’t. Finally, it became too unbearable to hold onto. I finally asked for it.”
In 2020, Miller stepped into Orb Recording Studios in Austin, Texas to finally let her voice be heard. A studio owner who heard her voice encouraged her to follow her dreams.
“And now I keep saying yes to it,” says Miller, who listens to fellow country music firecrackers like El King and Gretchen Wilson for inspiration as well as guidance. “It was wild to see how it all played out, but I honestly couldn’t be happier.”
The former beauty queen says she was especially happy to get the chance to record her own distinct brand of country music.
“Country music is in my veins,” she says with a laugh. “If you do anything else, you might get kicked out of your family!”
Country music, as Miller reveals, also serves as a genre that allows her to say many things she doesn’t dare say out loud.
“Music let me say things I was afraid to say,” she concludes. “When you see other musicians putting their heart and soul into something, it’s I really hope you give me permission to tell you what you’re going to do. It happens.”
She laughed and added: