Hailey Whitters Won’t Sit Back and Watch ‘The Days’ Go By

Rising talent may have big things on the horizon.

Written by Chris Parton
Hailey Whitters Won’t Sit Back and Watch ‘The Days’ Go By
Hailey Whitters; Photo credit: Preston Leatherman

Promising Nashville singer/songwriter Hailey Whitters offers up a soul-stirring reminder that life is way too short with her official video for the single, “The Days.”

Written by rising artist with Hillary Lindsey and Ben West, the reflective track shows off Whitters’ masterful touch with a big-picture lyric, managing to squeeze joy, gratitude and just a drop of longing from its touching storyline — all about the struggle to live each moment to the fullest. Featuring a rootsy but understated country sound and a touch of underlying regret in her voice, Whitters delivers the musical equivalent of crying through a smile.

“Another candle on a cake, another month on a page / You blink another year under the sun we all go ’round / It’s hello and goodbye and, it’s knowing that it’s flying / Away and there’s no way to slow it down / Instead of countin’ up the days, I just want make them count,” she sings in the neatly-packaged chorus, as home-video footage of irreplaceable memories flash by on the screen.

“This song is about slowing down to soak up the moments (both big and little) that shape who we are,” Whitters explains in an official statement. “I wanted to collect real life clips from fans because seeing their natural expressions of joy and happiness makes for a powerful impression on the viewer.”

Still flying largely under the radar but now beginning to emerge as an artist to watch, big things may be on the way for Whitters — who’s songs have already been recorded by the likes of Little Big Town (“Happy People”), Alan Jackson (“The Older I Get”) and Martina McBride (“The Real Thing”), among others.

Her pointed single “Ten Year Town” has been turning heads for its bold take on her quest to make it as a country artist, and her second album, The Dream, is set for release later this year. She recently signed a co-management deal with BRND MGMT and Make Wake Artists — gearing her up for a potential recording deal — and will spend much of 2019 on the road will like minded singer-songwriters Maren Morris, Lori McKenna and Brent Cobb.