A Q&A with Hailey Whitters
Iowan making waves in Nashville, Tennessee – and over here too…
What’s the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
My latest release is called ‘Living The Dream’… It is extra significant to me because it’s an extension of my record ‘The Dream’ in that it shows where “the dream” has been able to go for me since being a broken-hearted waitress in a ten year town. I got to collaborate with some of my biggest heroes, and the folks that have made it possible for me to live this country music dream. It feels like if ‘The Dream’ ended in a question mark, the ‘Living The Dream’ deluxe is the exclamation mark. I hope the entire body of work inspires other dreamers to keep going.
What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
The hardest part of putting it together was that we were in the midst of a global pandemic… in some instances we had to track this record remote.
Who produced the release – what did they bring to it?
Jake Gear produced it. He always has a vision for where this music should go and brings in unique ideas for how to bring this song to life. I enjoy getting to be in the drivers seat as a co-producer, be able to get involved in it on the ground level.
What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
I hope it makes the listener feel something. I hope it inspires them and makes them happy.
How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
It always starts from a worktape. Just a guitar/vocal. We sit in the room together and brainstorm influences… pick out our colours you could say if you were looking at it from a visual artist perspective.
What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
A lot of the artists I grew up hearing on country radio… Trisha Yearwood and Alan Jackson. That eloquent, candid style of songwriting mixed with fiddle and style – a lot of those production sounds we were hearing in the 90s.
What countries would you like to tour? Are there any standout venues you’d like to play in?
I would love to come to the UK! I’m dying to play The Ryman Auditorium here in Nashville.
If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
‘Janice at the Hotel Bar’. If that was the last song I ever wrote, that is the message I would want to go out on.
What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
To be able to make a living off of making music I love with people I love.
Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
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