Hear Emily Weisband and Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild on ‘Butterfly’

Check out their fluttery new collab!

Written by Chris Parton
Hear Emily Weisband and Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild on ‘Butterfly’
Emily Weisband and Karen Fairchild; Cover art courtesy of Warner Records

GRAMMY-winning songwriter Emily Weisband enlists Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild for a feathery new duet titled “Butterfly” — but this wing-spreading romantic anthem comes with a bittersweet kiss.

A Nashville tunesmith with credits for Dan + Shay (“Make or Break”), Keith Urban (“Steal My Thunder”), Camila Cabello (“Consequences”) and more, Weisband uses “Butterfly” to explore the different stage of a relationship — much like the different stages of a butterfly’s life.

With a dreamy acoustic-pop sound and a vocal blend that seems to float on sunshine, it finds the pair enjoying the early flush of love … but knowing it won’t last forever. Because like they sing in the song’s chorus, “The fact is baby one day / Butterflies fly away.”

Emily Weisband told CMT she has a long history of collaboration with Fairchild, and although they share much in common, their real life differences worked perfectly for the song.

“It’s very honest for me to sing, ‘Right now you pick me up on time and you beg me to spend the night.’ That’s what’s happening right now,'” Weisband says of the track, which was written about her current relationship. “Then for Karen to sing about how someday we get older and I’ll be a body that you’re used to and all the laughing you make me do is going to turns into lines on my face. Now, Karen obviously is very hot. She does not show her age at all but we always did talk about how beautiful it was that she was further down the road in her relationship and I was where I was at. For our verses to represent where in life we actually were, it just made so much sense.”

A flowery video featuring the two stars completes the “Butterfly” vibe, and although much of Weisband’s own music has found its place in the indie pop world, she says fans can expect her new capture to embrace her “Nashville community and everything that means to me.”