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Recent Insight School of Washington (ISWA) graduate and rising country music artist Bailey Bryan has been nominated by Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott for the GRAMMY’s Artist of Tomorrow award.

Bailey is known for her catchy vocals and quirky, relatable lyrics in the musical world. She is quickly making her name known on radio stations and popular music playlists.

“You just want to be friends with her,” Hilary said in a video interview on the CBS website.  GRAMMY’s Artist of Tomorrow is a new CBS web series that shines a light on up-and-coming artists.

Bailey began writing music when she was 12 years old and signed her first publishing deal three years later.

Now 18, Bailey released her first music video for her hit song ‘Own It’ last Thursday.  The video is one of the first in the industry to be shot vertically and premiered on PEOPLE’s Snapchat Discover channel.

Bailey wrote ‘Own It,’ which encourages fans to embrace themselves and their imperfections, when she was 16.  The music video takes the format of several social media channels.

“I knew I wanted to incorporate social media and capture the fun feeling of the song in a way that my generation would understand,” Bryan said in a PEOPLE interview. “We’re all on our phones constantly, and social media is the way my friends and peers express themselves.”

Being nominated by a country artist she looks up to for the Artist of Tomorrow award has been a dreamlike opportunity in Bailey’s musical career so far.

“I’ve had the chance to meet and work with Hillary Scott since I moved to Nashville, and when she caught wind of the Grammy category, she nominated me; talk about a surreal moment,” Bryan told PEOPLE. “This is another thing that I don’t know if it will ever feel real to me. I just think it’s so incredible that the Grammys are giving new artists such an amazing platform to get our personalities across. The other two artists doing this are crazy talented and every time I go on the website to watch the videos (and vote for myself!) I’m baffled by the talent on there.”

Bailey chose to finish high school with ISWA last year because it was important for her to get an education while pursuing a career in music.

“I knew that my schedule as a singer/songwriter would be pretty hectic,” Bailey said. “ISWA allowed me to finish high school without having to compromise when it comes to my education or any musical opportunities.”

Bailey’s plan for 2017 is to continue to work hard and be grateful for whatever comes her way.

“None of this is promised,” she said. “I am so thankful that I was able to follow my passion as a teenager and still get my diploma. This was because of ISWA. I hope I can inspire other kids who have the opportunity of education to appreciate it and know that it’s possible, although not always easy, to succeed in school while fully following your dreams. We can truly accomplish anything if we put our minds to it.”

To vote for Bailey in the Artists of Tomorrow competition, click here. Be sure to tune in on Feb. 12, at 8/7c, to watch the 59th annual Grammy Awards and see if Bailey wins the award and gets the chance to perform on the GRAMMY Live webcast!

Read our previous blog about Bailey here.


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