As a kid growing up in Oklahoma, Kylie Morgan would come home from school and immediately turn on CMT to dance and sing along to Reba McIntire and Shania Twain's music videos.
"I remember thinking, 'Oh, I would give anything to be on there one day,'" Morgan, 25, tells PEOPLE exclusively. "While other little girls were planning their wedding, I was planning my record."
And Morgan really did do everything in her power to become one of those women. At 12 years old, she got her first guitar and told her mom she was going to skip college and become a country music singer.
"Once she got her breath back and realized how serious I was, she supported me 100 percent," Morgan says. "I think she saw how driven I was and how much I loved it. There really was no other choice for me."
She continues, "I just gave it up to God because his timing is so much better than mine. Looking back on it, I thank God we didn't go to radio. I thank God that my song didn't fail because it didn't even have the chance to. It just started blowing up on streaming and that may never have happened had we gone through with the original plan."
While the pandemic threw a loop in the song's release, it didn't stop the shoot for her "Break Things" music video, which she still recalls as one of the "most surreal" days of her life.
"There was just an energy about that day I can barely even describe," she says. "I was getting my hair and makeup done and we were all wearing masks. There was this monitor showing everything being set up, and I remember thinking 'I can't believe they're doing all of this for me. All of the smiles you see in that video are 100 percent authentic because I was so excited to be there.'"
During the video, Morgan breaks records, vases and glass, and even fulfills a dream of smashing a guitar.
In a Behind-the-Scenes video for "Break Things" which premiered exclusively with PEOPLE, Morgan says that on shoot day, she received a text from her mom that read, "Little Girl, you’ve been dreaming about this since you were a baby and I am so excited that the day is finally here."
However, it wasn't until the video for the song premiered on CMT in early August that all of her recent successes truly came full circle.
"My mom called me at like 9:30 a.m. and I was like, 'First of all, Mom, you know not to call before 10,' and she was like, 'I don't even care because I just saw your video on CMT,'" Morgan says. "In that moment I was taken right back to dancing to Shania and Reba on the pink carpet in the green house I grew up in. Those women shaped who I am, and to even be recognized as a woman in country music is something I will never take for granted."
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