If you’ve been hanging around the site for the past few months you’ll notice how completely obsessed I am with up-and-coming singer/songwriter, Hailey Whitters. My excitement only got more intense when it was announced that her debut album, “Black Sheep” was finally coming out on October 2nd, 2015. This 10 song collection, produced by Derek Wells, is full of honest and biting lyrics, proving her place in the future of country music. Black Sheep is a record with the potential to appeal to both the die-hard John Prine fan, as well as a person who swears that country music hasn’t been the same since the Dixie Chicks left the scene. It depicts the highs and lows of love and loss from Whitters’ straight-forward, tell it like it is point of view.
When it comes to women in country music, Hailey is one of the few that stands out without putting in the effort to do so. She writes music that is real, relatable, and honest; and the authenticity is the first thing you notice when you hear her sing. The title track of the album, Black Sheep, was one of the reasons that I completely fell in love with her sound. She’s a songwriter that isn’t afraid to say what’s really on her mind, dig deep, and go beyond the popular surface emotions that are so present in music these days. One of her songs, Low All Afternoon, has been picked up by Martina McBride for her upcoming release. She’s toured with Randy Houser, Corey Smith, and Chris Knight; just to name a few. Her career is on the verge of really exciting things and I could not be happier to watch it all happen.
Are you in Nashville? Come join her for the release show at The Basement on September 29th! You don’t want to miss her do these songs in person. Check out the track listening below along with a quick little behind the scenes video!