Kacey Musgraves is a songwriter at heart. She says that while she's perform as long as there's a demand for tickets, writing is undoubtedly her main passion.

In a new interview with Portland MercuryMusgraves opens up about her love for the craft and why it will always fulfill her creatively. “I’ll perform as long as people want to come see me, but it’s not what feeds me and my soul,” the singer admits.

Songwriting is her gift — in addition to her own acclaimed tunes like "Follow Your Arrow" and "Merry Go 'Round," Musgraves wrote Miranda Lambert's hit "Mama's Broken Heart."

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“I leave a songwriting session with a great song and my soul is soaring. I feel on top of the world. I listen to it 700 times and I send it to everyone I know and I get so excited about it," she continues. "There’s nothing else that does that for me."

Musgraves has mastered the art of carving her own lane with witty lyrics and clever word play, and while she says the songs she's writing these days lean into love — she recently became engaged to fellow singer Ruston Kelly — she won't abandon her signature style.

"I think I’ve proven that I can make some country-ass music, and I love that. But I don’t think it would be doing my creative self or my fans a favor if I just stayed in that lane just to say that I did," she says. "So I’m not going to.”

Musgraves and Kelly announced their engagement on Christmas Eve in 2016 and they are currently in the process of planning the wedding. The country singer recently had her bachelorette party at Dollywood.

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