For every over-night success in country music there are dozens, if not hundreds, of artists who have to grind and grind to chase their dreams and make a living making music.
To call Hailey Whitters an up and coming artist doesn’t do her justice as she’s been busting her butt for over ten years. She’s written songs for some of the biggest names in the industry and this past weeken she released her latest EP The Days. The collection of six songs paints such a clear picture of who she is as a songwriter and as an artist.
She writes about real shit. Artists can sing about heartbreak, pain, and nostalgia but very few can sing it with the raw emotion that Hailey Whitters does. You have to believe that these factors are what caught the eye of Maren Morris, who recently invited her on her tour to open up for her.
“Ten Year Town” – Her standout out song as she gets super vulnerable about the difficulty of being an artist in Nashville, working her butt off, and always being a step away from “making it.”
“The Days” – Nostalgia. We’re always looking ahead and setting the goals but the days truly go by in the blink of an eye.
“Red Wine & Blue” – A painfully sad heartbreak song. Hailey sings it with such emotion that you can hear the pain in her voice.
“Dream Girl” – A groovy, Kacey Musgraves sounding-song that has her encouraging a girl not to get too hung up on a boy because someone else out there will see her for her true value.
“Loose Strings” – Singing about a couple who are both strong personalities that end up bringing out the worst in each other. “Ain’t it strange the way we keep tryin’ to tie down this thing, with these loose strings” is another example of the clever songwriting in these songs.
“Heartland” – Sometimes when you’re going through a rough patch in life, the best thing to do is go home to your roots and remind yourself of who you are. This song does just that and puts a perfectly tied bow to the project.