Bailey Zimmerman Proves He’s Country Music’s Next Big Thing As ‘Fall In Love’ Makes Impressive Impact at Radio
Bailey Zimmerman’s debut single, “Fall In Love” has been racing up the charts since its release. He’s currently the most-added…
Bailey Zimmerman; Photo by Chris Ashlee
Bailey Zimmerman’s debut single, “Fall In Love” has been racing up the charts since its release. He’s currently the most-added new artist at country radio.
Fans have become so infatuated with the Nashville newcomer’s southern drawl that they’ve streamed the single more than 150 million times, for an average of more than 11 million streams per week.
“’Cause love’s a smoke ring/ Wrapped around your finger/ One second it’s a blessing/ And the next it’s already gone/ A broken heart, I’m a walking testimony/ My confession is a lesson/ That I’m pouring out in this song/ Oh-whoa-whoa, oh-whoa-whoa/ You don’t wanna fall in love/ Oh-whoa-whoa, oh-whoa-whoa/ You don’t wanna fall in love,” Zimmerman sings in the chorus.
Co-penned with Austin Shawn, the gritty song represents the emotions of loss and heartbreak. Zimmerman previously explained in an interview with Billboard that the inspiration stemmed from the feeling of losing someone in your life who you “never thought you’d lose.” As a result, he talks about how difficult it can be to “give love a second chance.”
“We felt like we could relate to a lot of people by shining a light on that feeling,” he shared.
“Fall In Love” has earned the 22-year-old a top spot on both Apple Music’s Top Country Songs chart and on SiriusXM The Highway’s Hot 30 Countdown. It also reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
“From the beginning of us writing ‘Fall in Love’ on my couch with an acoustic guitar, I was thinking big-picture,” Shawn explained. “I was thinking about Bailey’s roots, his rasp, the message the song carried. I wanted to define what he is all about through the emotion and sound it carried — that gritty, modern-Americana country vibe.”
Things have come full circle for Zimmerman who grew up listening to country radio for hours on end while traveling across state lines with his dad who owned a trucking business. Now, he has his own song impacting radio. He was born and raised in Louisville, IL where his mom stayed as he and his dad ventured off. She and his grandfather also had a hand in raising Zimmerman to appreciate the art of music and storytelling.
His mom emphasized the value of power chords and edgy vocals of 80’s hair rock, while his grandfather helped him develop the passionate storytelling skills he carries with him today. Spending time at the family’s car dealership gave the “Never Comin’ Home” singer the chance to listen and observe the conversations between his grandfather and his oldest friends that captured people’s attention.
Spending his time working with his family and at the local meat processing plant instilled a dependable work ethic that now translates into songs like “Fall In Love” and his latest release, “Rock and A Hard Place.”
With another hit on his hands, Zimmerman recently dropped the music video for “Rock and A Hard Place.” This heartfelt country song has more than 11 million streams and was named the #1 most streamed country song of the week. Billboard even reported that it ranks the highest non-Morgan Wallen country song premiere of the year.
The music videos for both of these recent releases easily match the emotion and authenticity that Zimmerman is known for.
There is more new music is in the works for Zimmerman who will be playing his next show at AT&T Stadium on July 16 in Arlington, TX before heading to Country Thunder in Twin Lakes, WI the following weekend.
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.