Hailey Whitters’ new song “Ride” is available now, January 15th on all streaming platforms. Featuring Jordan Davis, the track is the second of five new songs off her forthcoming deluxe version to her critically acclaimed album The Dream, re-titled Living The Dream. The song follows the first single to be released from the project, a collaboration with Little Big Town called “Fillin’ My Cup”.
“The Ride” is a reflective, driving down a backroad type of song. Sonically, it’s reminiscent of Miranda Lambert’s “Automatic” – there’s something about it that sounds like a fresh start; a new beginning. The lyrics match this vibe, written by Hillary Lindsey, Ben West, and Whitters is a song all about how everything leads to where you are now.
“But it’s the stars that make the night / It’s the low that makes you high / It’s the song that makes you cry / It’s the road that makes the ride”.
Life is pretty uncertain right now, and Whitters’ contemplative outlook on it is the perfect soundtrack for this time. Jordan Davis joins in on the second verse, echoing Whitters’ sentiments.
“Might be hard to see it through the tears / But you still got a lot of good in your good years”
The two of them together sound like they are pushing the listener and themselves to ride out the hardships like we’re all diamonds in the rough waiting to shine. It’s a timely, universal message.
“Jordan Davis took me out on his very first headlining tour when I was only an independent artist. I thought that was a bold statement for him to make, and I am very appreciative of him taking a chance on me,” explains Whitters in a press release. “He’s one of the key reasons I’ve been able to say I’m ‘living the dream,’ so when thinking about who to collaborate with on this project he was a no-brainer. I just love his voice and everything he’s bringing to the Country format.
Living The Dream, out February 26th, features five new tracks, with collabs from Trisha Yearwood to Lori McKenna and Hillary Lindsey. “I wanted to show fans full circle what ‘living the dream’ looks like for me,” she says. I felt it was important to show what can happen when you don’t give up on yourself.”
When Hailey Whitters, a 2021 NYCountry Swag Artist to Watch, released her life-changing single “Ten Year Town” about the journey and hardships of making it in Nashville, she pondered hopefully in the last line, “this next song could turn it all around”. It did turn all around for Hailey, and she is proof that paying dues and creating music that lifts people up changes everything.
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