Rising country songstress Jessica Lynn is in good spirits.

The singer hits Glasgow tomorrow night for her first ever Scottish show, and she’s bubbling over with positive energy.

Her upbeat country pop and rock has earned comparisons to the likes of Shania Twain, and reflects her cheerful personality.

“It is so important to me to make happy and uplifting music and yes, I am a very positive and optimistic person,” she says.

“I am a big believer in trying to be a bright light in what can often be a very negative world. I love music that puts a smile on my face and makes me feel good. That's exactly the type of music I like to make.”

The latest example of that music is a new EP, Look At Me That Way. It has been a slightly unusual journey for Jessica, who didn’t grow up in the country heartlands of the American south but was instead raised in Brooklyn, New York.

That didn’t stop her loving country from an early age, and by the time she was finishing high school the songstress was playing guitar, piano and drums while writing her own songs. She performed a couple of TV specials for the American broadcaster PBS, a move that helped establish her name, while the 26-year-old also moved to Nashville.

“I don't feel like a fish out of water surprisingly because I embrace being different,” she says, when asked if her New York background meant it was strange in the south.

“If we were all the same life would be so boring. I am proud of my New York background and I feel it adds to my story and my unique sound.”

The singer also has some family ties to rely on. Her husband, Steven Sterlacci, is also the lead guitarist in her band, while both of her parents, Peter and Victoria, are in the group too, on bass guitar and backing vocals.

However Jessica believes that when it’s time to get down to business she puts her personal life to one side.

“It is so nice to always have people around that you know genuinely have your best interest at heart and that you want to share the most special times of your life with,” she adds.

“Sometimes, yes it can be very difficult to separate the personal and professional sides just because of your level of comfort with each other, but it is important to us to be professional and that means leaving the titles of mom, dad, and husband out of all decisions and business.”

Her husband provides inspiration in other ways, too. New track Crazy Idea, a twangy piece of pop, is about the fact the couple didn’t realise they were falling in love because they’d been friends for years beforehand.

“The story behind the song is that one of your best friends could be the right person for you,” she explains.

“Watching them with all the wrong partners knowing that what you could have could be something really special is something that I think we've all experienced at one time or another. My husband and I were friends and schoolmates and I thought it was a really crazy idea to develop in to something more when we first started having feelings for each other, however, as the song says, ‘just maybe crazy's alright.’”

The tune is catchy enough to earn radio play, but there’s been plenty of debate about what gets picked for American radio in recent years. Some radio station bosses have admitted not playing female singers as much as males, leading to fiery criticism from the likes of songstress Lindi Ortega.

Jessica feels it’s more what audiences want, rather than a gender issue.

“I personally feel that country radio right now isn't about male or female, but that it's about the songs,” she says.

“I feel that the reason the men are so successful is because in recent years, their music has been a lot more lighthearted and fun.”

Speaking of fun, she’s eager to arrive in Scotland for the first time.

“I’ve heard Glasgow is one of the most beautiful places and everyone I know that has visited said great things about their stay,” she enthuses.

“Stereo is actually our first UK date on this tour so that is really exciting in itself for me. I am really looking forward to just experiencing the ambience of Glasgow, the beautiful scenery, and meeting the people!”

Jessica Lynn, Stereo, tomorrow, £12.50, 7pm

Jonathan Geddes