Conner Smith And Hailey Whitters Explore The Risks Of Love In New Single, ‘Roulette On the Heart’

The song appears on Smith’s debut album released earlier this year.


Madeleine O’Connell

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April 11, 2024

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Conner Smith, Hailey Whitters; Photo by Cooper Smith

Conner Smith takes a chance on love in his newest single “Roulette On the Heart” featuring Hailey Whitters.

Interlaced between the tender harmonies of the Tennessee native and the Iowa-bred songstress, is a toxic story that reveals just how risky the game of love can be. The pair of rising stars express their strong desire to determine where their relationship is headed, as they know their hearts are on the line.

“Are you tryin’ to love me, are you tryin’ to kill me/ Every night with you is a shot in the dark/ You touch me with a whisper, kiss me like a stranger/ Holdin’ somebody shouldn’t be this hard/ Oh and I know this game ends one of two ways/ Are you gonna break me/ Are you gonna save me/ Lovin’ you baby/ Is roulette on the heart,” they sing on the chorus. 

“This Song Feels Like It Could Live For A Long Time” 

Roulette On The Heart Cover Art; Courtesy The Valory Music Co.
Roulette On The Heart Cover Art; Courtesy The Valory Music Co.

Smith and Whitters came together once again to put “Roulette On the Heart” on display in a brand-new music video. Directed by Conner’s brother and creative director Cooper Smith, the clip brings the artists to a true country-style setting with a white house and a red brick front porch. They begin apart from each other while trying to come to terms with the future of their character’s love story, then by the end, they come together to align their emotions and fears into one. 

“From the moment I wrote ‘Roulette On The Heart,’ it felt like finding a new level as a songwriter and having Hailey Whitters believe in this song alongside me only took it to another level,” shared Smith. “This song feels like it could live for a long time.” 

Whitters added, “I first heard ‘Roulette On The Heart’ while playing radio shows with Conner Smith, and was so honored when he asked me to sing on the song. I love how realistically the song captures the intoxicating and sometimes toxic feelings of being in a complicated relationship.” 

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Co-written by Smith with Jessi Alexander, Chase McGill, and Mark Trussell, the soulful tune appears on Smith’s full-length debut albumSmoky Mountains, which was released earlier this year via The Valory Music Co. The critically acclaimed project also features viral smash “I Hate Alabama,” GOLD-certified hit “Take It Slow” and 2-week chart-topper “Creek Will Rise,” which became the first-ever song to claim the No. 1 spot on the UK Country Radio Airplay chart and marks Smith’s first top-charting hit.

Conner Smith Is An ACM Nominee

The celebrations continue this week as Conner Smith earned a nomination in the New Male Artist of the Year category for the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards. Smith is vying for the title alongside Nate Smith, Dylan Scott, Kameron Marlowe, and ERNEST.

This milestone news dropped just days before the “I Hate Alabama” singer is set to say “I Do” to his fiancé, Leah Thompson. 

With everything he has going on at the moment, Smith made sure to take a moment out of his busy artist schedule and wedding planning to express some gratitude. 

“I just got a pretty cool call that we are nominated for ACM New Male Artist of the Year and honestly, it’s just kind of sinking in right now. I’m just so grateful,” Smith said in the video shared to Instagram. “Thank you guys for voting for us, thank you guys for the nomination, ACM, thanks for having us in the conversation. The other names on the list of artists are guys that I just love as a fan and respect as artists and as humans too. So really grateful…once again, thanks to everyone who voted for us. It’s a big week, getting married in a few days and to throw a little ACM nomination in this exciting week is pretty cool.”

Smith Is Planning A “Low-Key” Wedding

Smith previously discussed his upcoming nuptials with Country Now, during which he explained that they are planning to keep things simple when it comes to the big day. 

“We’re trying to keep it as low-key as possible but have everybody we need there. So it’ll be fun,” he said before showing some love to his bride to be for all the hard work she has done in preparing for the wedding. 

“I’d be lying if I said I did too much, she held the weight. It’s been so busy and stressful at times and, and she’s been a trooper.”

Recently touring alongside some of Country’s biggest artists including Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Chase Rice and Jordan Davis, plus wrapping his own headline CREEK WILL RISE TOUR, Conner Smith is gearing up to perform his growing catalog of fan-favorites at several fairs and festivals this summer. 

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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.