Laura Bell Bundy is a popular stage actress whose credits include Hairspray
. Achin' and Shakin'
is her second album, and she co-wrote 11 of the 12 songs with help from various Nashville writers. This one she composed with Jeff Cohen, who also contributed to her hit "Giddy On Up
." In our interview with Laura Bell Bundy
, she explained: "Jeff came in with something about, 'I never needed to be the homecoming queen.' He brought it to me going, 'I know you're gonna love this song. This reminds me of you in some kind of way, you never needed to be this.' And I was like, 'Not that I didn't want
to.' (laughs) But this is about someone who is internally strong, who knows they're different. So we started to switch it around - it was very mutual. But it became about me. His idea of this woman that didn't need to be a homecoming queen became about me. And about me being different, and all the stuff about playing with the dolls and the GI Joe, that was me. And then Norma Jeane, I have a fascination with Marilyn Monroe."