Rising country/pop artist Kären McCormick is releasing her brand new single “Heartbroken Girls” on Friday (March 13), but Country Now readers can hear it first in this exclusive premiere.
Produced by Caleb Lovely, the catchy tune puts McCormick’s airy smooth vocals on display, as she channels the highly relatable theme of heartbreak. But, instead of crying over a man, she turns the topic into an empowering anthem for females everywhere. The 24-year old singer’s playful spin on the subject of heartbreak has her realizing her own pattern of giving into a significant other’s wishes, despite having dealt with rejection in the past.
“Yea we’re way too good at lyin’/ And we get nothing back but we’re still tryin / We’re in the varsity league of saying it’s okay / We got it down,’” McCormick sings throughout the pop/R&B-tinged chorus. “We’re good at being heartbroken girls / Good at being heartbroken girls.”
McCormick, who co-wrote “Heartbroken Girls” with Dana Marie Rogers, said she came up with both the title and idea for the song one day while in her car. She also noted that it was important for her to keep the melody light and fun even though a topic like heartbreak would normally be associated with slow songs.
“I had this little melody in my head, and I knew that I didn’t want [the song] to be sad,” she told Country Now. “I wanted it to have this emphatic moment where if you were singing out in public everybody knows when to come in, kind of like with [Garth Brooks’], ‘Friends in Low Places.’”
“We all at some point have probably felt something like this, and that’s okay,” she continued. “There’s nothing wrong with being introspective, and being self-aware and recognizing that, yea sometimes we do stay in [relationships] a little longer than we should or we don’t speak up for what we want. I wanted this song to be something that people could sing along to.”
A native of Brazzaville, Congo, McCormick moved to Nashville in August of 2018. She has since performed numerous shows, which include two dates on Kelsea Ballerini’s Unapologetically Tour with Walker Hayes, and an opening slot on The Voice alum’s Terry McDermott’s tour.
McCormick’s latest single is the follow up to her 2019 breakout single, “Dancing With Him Tonight,” which racked up more than 85,000 streams on Spotify. The song is also the first offering from her upcoming 5-song EP, due out later this year. Take a listen to “Heartbroken Girls” in the clip above.