Laci Kaye Booth Captures The Essence of Heartbreak In Emotional New Ballad, ‘True Love’

The ‘American Idol’ alum has held on to this song for years and says she’s “truly happy” to finally share it with the world.


Madeleine O’Connell

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February 2, 2024


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Laci Kaye Booth; Photo Courtesy Instagram

Laci Kaye Booth lets her entrancing vocals soar through the pain of heartbreak in her new song, “True Love,” out now via Geffen Records. 

Together with fellow songwriters Brandon Ratcliff and Pete Good, Booth showcases her clever storytelling skills as she depicts the rollercoaster of real-life emotions that come from hearing about an ex moving on with someone new. She effortlessly details the need to know while also bracing herself for the reality that her former love has fallen into the arms of someone else. 

“I heard you’re happy, is it true, love?/ I heard you cut your long hair, is it true, love?/ I never thought that it was really goodbye/ We said forever baby maybe that’s why it/ Hit me right out of the blue/ When I heard you found somebody new/ Is it true love Is it true love,” she sings on the chorus.

“True Love” Comes To Life In A Cinematic Music Video

Accompanying the release is a brand-new official music video starring Booth alongside actor Taylor John Smith (Where the Crawdads Sing, Sharp Objects). The video interlaces scenes of Booth and Smith and the journey of their relationship with cinematic performance clips that find the songstress reflecting on the story at hand. The couple appear to be happy at first, sharing moments of their life together and smiling from ear to ear, until a fight breaks out causing them to go their separate ways. Booth’s character is left with nothing but their memories and a sadness that can only heal with time. 

Reflecting on the song, Booth shares, “‘True Love,’ a record written by very true events, is a song that I am truly happy to finally share with the world. After years of being told I couldn’t release it, and then keeping it to myself, I decided that my heartbreak fairytale of a song needed its day in the sun.”


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Launching Into A New Musical Chapter

“True Love” follows the Livingston, TX native’s latest single “Cigarettes,” which was unveiled this past December and opened the doors to a new chapter of her career as it marked her first release since partnering with Geffen Records.

She has already made it a point to be open and honest in her music over the years, but “Cigarettes” takes that next step forward in unearthing her most fearless and unapologetic delivery to date. Since getting dropped from her former label, the powerful song represents Booth’s reemergence with a newfound clarity and determination to showcase her talent.

“This song tells the story of where I’ve been, who I was, and how I’ve become who I’ve become,” Booth shared of “Cigarettes” surrounding its release. “It’s a true-life story, not a highlight reel, with ‘Cigarettes’ having multiple meanings throughout the song. I wrote this song at one of the lowest points of my career and life, with my dear friend and producer, Ben West. It has sorrow, shame, grit, and hope written all within it and I hope the message that’s received from this is to learn from the hard sh*t, learn to let it go, and let it make you better.”

Booth will perform select shows this month in support of Kameron Marlowe’s 2024 I Can Lie Tour. This trek includes stops at Denver’s Ogden Theatre, Cleveland’s Agora Theater & Ballroom, Louisville’s Mercury Ballroom and more. The run will come to an end in Tallahassee, FL on March 1. 

Laci Kaye Booth; Photo by Natalie Sakstrup
Laci Kaye Booth; Photo by Natalie Sakstrup

Laci Kaye Booth Upcoming Tour Dates:

February 2—Salt Lake City, UT—The Union Event Center*

February 3—Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre*

February 4—Wichita, KS—TempleLive at Wichita Scottish Rite Center*

February 9—Cleveland, OH—Agora Theater & Ballroom*

February 10—Louisville, KY—Mercury Ballroom*

March 1—Tallahassee, FL—The Moon*

May 17—Gulf Shores, AL—Hangout Music Festival 2024

*with Kameron Marlow

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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.