Eric Church Tips His Hat To Classic Rock Songs In New Song, ‘Heart On Fire’

Eric Church just dropped “Heart On Fire,” another new track from his forthcoming three-part album, Heart & Soul, and fans…


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January 29, 2021

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Eric Church just dropped “Heart On Fire,” another new track from his forthcoming three-part album, Heart & Soul, and fans can’t get enough.

The song serves as the opening track of the Heart portion of the album and was written solely by Church. The upbeat tune is reminiscent of some of Church’s earlier work and showcases his country and southern rock influences. 

Destinated to be a memorable moment during Church’s live show, “Heart On Fire” finds Church looking back on a young love while referencing several classic rock hits such as “New York Minute” by Don Henley, “Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses and Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up.”

“We weren’t old enough to drink but we damn sure did it/ Hat turned backward singin’ ‘Paradise City’/ That look on your face was full of young desire/ Soakin’ my soul in gas and settin’ my heart on fire/ Heart on fire,” he sings. 

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“‘Heart On Fire’ is the first song on the Heart album, and normally if we had four songs about heart, with the way we used to do this we would cut three of them out and we’d do one,” explains Church. “It started to be cool that this time we could lean into that sameness and the themes where you can put the songs together and know we wrote these within this much time of each other.”

Pre-orders for Heart & Soul are available to the general public now. The middle portion of the album, &, will be released as a vinyl record available exclusively to Church Choir members. 

Church revealed plans to release the three-part album in a video message to fans on January 21. 

“I have three albums coming out in April. They came out of my 28 days in the mountains of North Carolina, where the songs were recorded and written. The collection is entitled Heart & Soul,” he explained. 

Heart will be available on Friday, April 16, & will be available for the Church Choir on Friday, April 20 and the final portion, Soul, is set to release on Friday, April 23. 

Click above to listen to “Heart On Fire.” 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.