Iowa native Hailey Whitters was raised on '90s country. With songs like "Ten Year Town" and "Janice at the Hotel Bar," the singer-songwriter is making the kind of heartfelt country music songwriters like Gretchen Peters and Matraca Berg wrote for Martina McBride, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood and more.
Whitters, who released her new album Living the Dream (a deluxe edition of her 2020 album The Dream) on Feb. 26, said she first fell in love with songwriting while listening to a song about new beginnings -- The Chicks' "Wide Open Spaces."
"I remember hearing it for the first time in my moms car waiting outside the post office," Whitters tells Wide Open Country. "It unveiled this whole new world of country music to me, and it's the first song that turned me onto songwriting. It's been a constant soundtrack in my life, from that first time as a young girl, to riding around with my friends in my high school truck, to nudging me along on that first drive 9 hour to Nashville to chase country music. It's always made me feel like no matter where I was comin' from, I could take on anything this world had to offer."
Since moving to Nashville, Whitters has penned songs for Alan Jackson, Little Big Town and more and collaborated with her childhood heroes, such as Trisha Yearwood, who's featured on Whitters' "How Far Can It Go?"