Rising country star Parker McCollum has just dropped his first major-label song since signing with MCA Nashville/UMG Nashville in June, joining artists Vince Gill, Sam Hunt and fellow Texans George Strait and Kacey Musgraves on the roster.
“Pretty Heart” is also the first release from McCollum for the year. “It’s been a while since I’ve put new music out,” shared the Conroe, Texas native in a press release. “Pretty Heart’ is for everyone who has ever come out to support us on the road, listened to and shared my music. All I have ever wanted is to write country songs and sing country music, and I’m excited for the opportunity to expose even more folks to my music.”
The pensive tune was penned by McCollum and Randy Montana, and produced by GRAMMY-winning producer and multi-platinum songwriter Jon Randall, who’s worked with the likes of Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, and Brad Paisley. Upon first glance at the title, “Pretty Heart,” one might assume this as another upbeat tune that sings praises about a girl’s beauty and irresistibility. However, just a couple seconds in and you’ll realize it’s the complete opposite.
What truly makes this song a standout is the undeniably palpable post-breakup remorse and regret McCollum expresses in his self-reproachful lyrics.
“What does that say about me? / I could do you like I did /That I could break an angel’s wings / What does that say about me? / That I stood there like a fencepost as you drove off in your car / What does that say about me? / Now that I broke your pretty heart / Your pretty heart”
It doesn’t hurt too that this song is sonically appealing, with a hook that compels listeners to sing along by the time the second chorus comes along. We can already picture thousands of people singing this back at his live shows.
Although McCollum is just now making his major-label debut, the 27-year-old is no stranger to the music scene. In fact, to date, he has released two highly-acclaimed full albums independently, amassed millions of streams and over 500,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, had his song “I Can’t Breathe” played on Sirius XM The Highway, and collaborated with Danielle Bradberry on her cover of the popular Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga hit, “Shallow.”
Starting this month to November, McCollum will be headlining shows in Athens, GA; Baton Rouge, LA; Chicago, IL, and many more cities, including an already-sold-out one at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth. For tickets and more information, go to https://www.parkermccollum.com.
“Pretty Heart” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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