Lena Stone's country career began to take shape during college, but she'd been working at it for years, and we have the pictures to prove it. In this revealing photo gallery one sees the 22-year-old's progression from attentive student to onstage leader.

As of one of two anchors of the #LetTheGirlsPlay shows at the Listening Room in Nashville on Monday nights, Stone has helped grow the weekly audience from 10 to 15 friends and family members to a standing room-only crowd. She embodies the all-for-one spirit of the Song Suffragettes movement, and one gets the feeling that it comes naturally to her because she's had so much help along the way.

From family to famous songwriters, and then from friends to friends who've become stars, Stone has always been surrounded by people that will push her, but also lend a sympathetic ear. Her catalog is filled with mellifluous melodies and personal stories of love or love lost. She's flat out easy to listen to, and when you get to know her, you learn why. The upstate Massachusetts 22-year-old feels like a friend after just a few minutes.

Stone is Taste of Country's #LetTheGirlsPlay artist of the month for December. Beginning with Kalie Shorr in May, we've proudly partnered with Song Suffragettes to shine a bright light on talented female singers and songwriters who just need a chance to prove themselves. A new #LetTheGirlsPlay artist is featured during the first full week of every month.