Brittney Spencer Releases Hopeful ‘Sober & Skinny’

It's tough to choose between your dreams and reality.

Brittney Spencer Releases Hopeful ‘Sober & Skinny’
Brittney Spencer; Photo Credit: Nicki Fletcher

Up-and-coming country artist Brittney Spencer released a new song, “Sober & Skinny,” on Friday, June 18. In the acoustic-heavy tune, Spencer sings of being in a relationship in which she and her partner point out each other’s vices (“You over drink and I overeat”) and she dreams of the “perfect world” in which her partner gets sober and she gets skinny.

“In a perfect world, you get sober, I get skinny / We live off of more than pennies / Writing checks that we can cash / Keeping all our promises,” she sings in the chorus.

The song is both optimistic and melancholy, as Spencer dreams of their problems disappearing like “magic,” but at the end of the song, she faces that fact that this dream is not reality. The tune does end on a positive note, however, as she continues to hope for things to change.

“Sober & Skinny” was written by Spencer along with Gone West’s Nelly Joy and Jason Reeves, and produced by Aaron Eshuis.

“‘Sober & Skinny’ started as a quirky story-idea that I started writing from my bed,” says Spencer. “It’s the story of a couple, where each wants the other to change something about themselves. The song goes back and forth between facing reality and fantasizing of a perfect world where things could suddenly become better if only this couple aims for a sort of perfection that probably doesn’t exist. Songs like this one make me want to keep writing stories.”

The song is Spencer’s first release of 2021 and follows tracks like “Compassion,” “Damn Right, You’re Wrong,” “Sorry Don’t Work No More,” and others. She also landed on Sounds Like Nashville’s 17 New Country Artists to Watch in 2021 list.