Hailey Whitters made her late-night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday (Jan. 25) with a spirited performance of her hit single, “Everything She Ain’t.”
After receiving a praised introduction from Kimmel, Hailey Whitters stepped on stage dressed in her light blue dress with white lace embellishments, which she paired with tall white boots and a dainty white ribbon in her hair.
The audience danced along to the joyful, upbeat track as Whitters effortlessly sang the opening verse, “The whiskey in your soda, the lime to your Corona / Shotgun in your Tacoma, the Audrey to your Hank / She’s got a little style and a Hollywood smile / But believe me, honey, good as money in the bank / I’m everything she is and everything she ain’t.”
Hailey Whitters documented her getting ready process on her Instagram stories, which included picking out her outfit, hanging out in her trailer, and walking on set with her team. She then took to social media to capture this milestone event with a series of photos and clips from her performance on the show.
“she’s got a little style and a Hollywood smile ✨,” she wrote in her caption, quoting her fan-favorite track. “thanks @jimmykimmellive for letting us put a lil hillbilly in your Hollywood last night!”
The song serves as the third track to the Shueyville, IA native’s critically-acclaimed third studio album Raised, which Rolling Stone named its favorite country album of 2022.
“Thank you to all y’all who’ve listened to raised this year,” she wrote on social media. “I’ve seen each of your posts and they mean the world to me… I couldn’t do any of it without ya. This record is one I’m always gonna be most proud of… it’s been a helluva chapter and I can’t wait to keep it goin’ with you on the Raised tour next Spring…. Which songs off the record do you wanna hear most at those shows?”
The last-minute add proved to be a successful move by Whitters because the song has continued to reach new heights as it continued to climb the charts. It currently sits at No. 34 at country radio this week and No. 29 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart, recently passing 100 million global streams.
“This song was one of the absolute last songs we cut,” she previously shared. “To be completely honest, in my mind, my record was done. I don’t want to say I was half-assing this, but I was like, ‘I don’t really know what this is gonna be right now.’ So I think I was just kind of not putting as much pressure on it, or on myself, as I maybe would have.”
This project gives fans a glimpse into her life back home and a shoutout to the people that raised her. It serves as a follow-up to her 2020 album, The Dream, which focuses more on who she was at that point in time and her experience moving to Nashville.
Next month, Whitters will kick off her RAISED headlining tour in support of the new album, and will also hit the road with Shania Twain and Eric Church later this year.
In addition, the rising female star has several major festivals in the books for 2023 like Country Thunder, Two Step Inn Festival, Winstock Festival, Country Jam, and more.
Hailey Whitters’ next performance is scheduled for 2/15 in Maplewood, MN.