On Friday (30/7), chart-topping singer-songwriter ERNEST and Iowa-bred rising country star Hailey Whitters announced COUNTRYPOLITAN, their new collab born in a co-writing session that honours the deep history of country duets records.
Their first single, a sparkling cover of the Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers classic “Islands In The Stream”, is out now alongside an official video directed by Harper Smith; along with the announcement that their debut COUNTRYPOLITAN, a 7-track collection produced by Jake Gear (Hailey Whitters, Flatland Cavalry) will be released on September 17th via Big Loud/Songs & Daughters/Pigasus.
The COUNTRYPOLITAN EP was inspired by a love for classic duets records by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, Tammy Wynette and George Jones, and Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty that ERNEST and Hailey were raised on, but haven’t heard a modern version of. In addition to “Islands In The Stream,” the EP features six original songs written by Hailey Whitters and ERNEST. Find a full tracklist below.
1. Islands In The Stream
2. Say Anything
3. String Me Along
4. One Less Whiskey
5. White Limousine
6. Every Piece Of Me
7. Neon Silver & Jukebox Gold
On the heels of a breakthrough year where Whitters released her deluxe album LIVING THE DREAM, was nominated for her first-ever CMT Music Award (“Video of the Year” for “Fillin’ My Cup” feat. Little Big Town), and named the inaugural Opry NextStage artist of 2021, she will support Midland this fall on their national “The Last Resort Tour.”
Currently nominated for Breakthrough Artist-Writer of the Year at the 2021 MusicRow Awards, ERNEST recently notched his fourth #1 hit as a songwriter with Sam Hunt’s “Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90’s.” The MULTI-PLATINUM hitmaker has staked his claim as one of Music City’s most in-demand songwriters, while also carving a unique path as a Country artist in his own right with the small-town tribute “American Rust,” hand-on-your-heart anthem, “Cheers,” and his 2019 debut Locals Only. This winter, the Nashville native will join Chris Lane as direct support on the FILL THEM BOOTS TOUR, taking his one-of-a-kind lyricism and vocal flow from coast to coast.