This week, the Iowa-born, Nashville-based rising country star Hailey Whitters made her debut at country radio. Her breakout single “Everything She Ain’t,” which was just named one of Rolling Stone‘s “Best Songs of 2022 So Far,” debuted as the 5th most-added song on 32 stations on the country radio charts.
“I’ve dreamt about being on country radio since I was a little girl growing up in the middle of nowhere Iowa,” Whitters reflects on this career milestone. “This year marks 15 years in a ‘ten year town’ for me and I’m feelin’ very lucky to get to see this dream become a reality.”
“Everything She Ain’t” is the first single from Whitters’ critically-acclaimed third studio album RAISED that was released earlier this year via Pigasus Records/Songs & Daughters/Big Loud Records. Billboard praised the track upon its release and said, “Whitters has proven herself a stellar songwriter and artist in equal measure… handclaps and sweet fiddle lines boost Whitters’ charming vocal and razor-sharp wordplay.” Yesterday, Billboard Country Update‘s Tom Roland published an interview with Whitters and the song’s co-writers Bryan Simpson and Ryan Tyndell about the origins of the song in their “Makin’ Tracks” column.
Earlier this month, The New Yorker published an extensive feature with Whitters, chronicling the final two sold out performances of her debut headline Heartland Tour at her hometown honky tonk DanceMor Ballroom in Swisher, Iowa. Critic Kelefa Sanneh described RAISED as “…a charming, playful, mischievous album about loving and leaving your home town” and called Whitters “…one of the most appealing country singers and songwriters working today.”
Following her debut headline tour and performances at Tortuga Music Festival and Stagecoach earlier this year, Whitters will hit the road this summer with Jon Pardi and Lainey Wilson on his Ain’t Always The Cowboy Tour. Find a full list of tour dates by visiting HaileyWhitters.com.